Special guests, never-before-seen collaborations and a sold out room – sounds like your typical Re:Search Wednesday here in Denver, but this was truly for the books. The energy of this Wednesday was more electrifying than usual – the Other Side was already packed by 9pm and exciting rumors were filling the air.
This was a rare occasion, as weekly host JuBee would be making the transition from opener to headliner for the first time. The Cervantes’ Other Side stage was about to be loaded with an impeccable amount of talent, and it was beautiful to bare witness to it all. The JuBee Live Band consists of 12 local musicians, incorporating a full brass section, drums, guitars, and most recently, cello as well.
Before the main event, Mikey Thunder was joined by Mr. Bugatti, making it a surprise Party People set! Unreleased tunes and Mikey’s insane scratch antics had the crowd filled with contagious energy. Up next were Telemetry, who were celebrating their first show of the new year. Fusing the live elements of jazz, electronic synths and high energy rock, the trio delivered a passionate performance that cemented us as fans.
Familiar faces lit up the scene as the clock grew closer to 11. When the 12 piece finally ensembled themselves on stage, it was a powerful sight to behold. Yellow and purple lights flooded each of their faces, as if they were all basking in the glory ahead. The JuBee Live Band are comprised of:
Jaden Carlson – Guitar
Danny Davis – Bass
Chris Beck – Keys
Eric Imbrosciano – Drums
Leah Concialdi – Baritone Saxophone
Alice Hanson – Trumpet
Mike Windham – Tenor Saxophone
Jordan Polovina – Cello
Emily Clark and Michelle Sarah – Vocals
Brisco Jones – Turntablist
The magnitude of the night began to unfold when the first note sounded. The entire room moved to the front of the stage with the crowd even spilling over to the venue entrance. The beautiful synergy of the live band ebbed and flowed with fervor and passion. JuBee’s own vocals were glazed with soul, sweat pouring from his temple as his facial expressions ranged in emotions throughout the performance. Are they Neo-Funk? Hip-Hop Soul? After tonight, I’m well aware that they are all of these and then some, and the band blends the genres masterfully. A strong highlight of mine was hearing the band’s rendition of Exmag’s ‘Touch’ – the full-bodied and brassy flavor took the track to funky new heights.
Finishing their set to deafening screams from the crowd, the JuBee Live Band took bows as they left the stage. It was now time to unveil the secret guest of the night, and fans clamored even closer to be the first to find out. Keeping the family vibes strong, special guest GRIZ was welcomed to the stage with applause and a warm embrace from JuBee. After a short introduction, he launched into a lengthy uptempo DJ set, throwing in dubstep and house in between.
The scene downstairs was one of pure joy and celebration, as JuBee popped a champagne bottle and rejoiced with his band to end the night. Strangely enough, we also encountered comedian Nick Swardson, who came out after being tipped off on the must-see experience of the Live Band. This just goes to show once again, that you really never know who will pop up at a Re:Search.