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Colorado Culture magazine is an online comprehensive resource for all things Colorado. Full of cultural articles, ideas, and events that are easily accessible and informative, it appeals to culture enthusiasts of all ages and types with a goal to serve Colorado and the people who visit with a fresh look on the vast culture that thrives here.

I am so excited to be writing weekly for Colorado Culture. I have always loved to write, which came in handy when I had to bullshit for school, but it's refreshing to be writing about things that I am passionate about. For me writing is my creative outlet. I can't play an instrument and two-year-olds draw better than me so writing is one way I can express myself. In my weekly post, I will take a look at various Colorado businesses from many  different industries. Colorado is full of creative minds, and as result we have a variety of unique businesses that all contribute to Colorado Culture. I want to take a look at why these businesses were started and help to promote the cool things they are doing. Colorado Culture is all about helping each other out and advocating for anything Colorado so stay tuned to find out what is happening in The Bizzz-ness world in the mile-high!

Infected Mushroom: Gothic Theatre 10/2015

Infected Mushroom: Gothic Theatre 10/2015

Infected Mushroom has been around for what seems like forever…. and it’s actually 1996 to be exact. The Israeli duo which is comprised of Erez Eisen and Amit Duvdevani have seen the music industry change, partied in a lot of really cool spots, and had some interesting times on the road together over the years.  One thing is for sure, they are no strangers to Colorado, which is why Colorado Culture was stoked to sit down with them last week before their shows at The Gothic Theater on Thursday and Friday night.


I’m sure, like me,  that many of you want to know what their biggest influences and inspirations are. Their answer was quite simple: a little bit of everything. “Heavy Metal to Electronic music, old school, and new school.”  As they were creating their new album(BUY NOW), one that they describe as a “chill out album,” they said they were listening to music from Shpongle, Koan Sound, Opio and even Pink Floyd (although they said it was not a musical influence).  If you have listened to Infected Mushroom, you know it is hard to nail down an exact sound, and with their wide variety of influences it is easy to see why.

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Community Service Apparel

Community Service Apparel

How you dress can say a lot about who you are and many people have their own special swag that sets them apart. The way you dress is a unique way to express yourself and tell your story. Community Service Apparel in Englewood, Colorado is a street lifestyle and art branded clothing store that has some of the DOPEST items around. Ricky Langdon (who I was lucky enough to chat with this week) and Brian Cappel saw an opportunity in the retail/clothing market so they decided to do something unique.

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ICS Clothing

This week I sat down with Darren Preston of ICS clothing, a clothing company that first got their start on the East Coast but has recently moved to Denver, Colorado to rebrand and change things up. Darren Preston and his partner Charlie Silverstein are not the two you expect to be working together but let me tell you they make an incredible crew. Their products are some of the flyest around and can be seen on the likes of Frank Ocean, B.o.B., F.L. of the Foodchain, J.R. Donato (Taylor Gang) and more. Like I said, their products are FLY. I asked Darren why he wanted to start a clothing company and his answer was simple:

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Andy Juett (Sexpot Comedy)

Andy Juett, comedian, business man, friend, father of two beautiful girls, actor, writer, producer, host; the list goes on and on. Basically, Andy Juett is the man and I was lucky enough to steal some time away with him this past week and talk about all of the awesome things he's been doing in Colorado. I am lucky enough to know Andy on a personal level and let me tell you, he is a one-of-a-kind guy. His Facebook posts make me laugh every day, he is great to talk to, and he is a fantastic dad to his kids.

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Roux Black

Every Monday evening I meet with Ru Johnson for our weekly Roux Black meetings. Ru Johnson is one of kind; she is smart, driven, classy, creative, and most of all she is a genuinely good person. She is a talented writer and also the owner of Roux Black Consulting.  I work under Ru as a consultant for a few hours each week with some of her clients and although its work, it’s fun and she lets me utilize my talents to compliment hers. We talked about our business for a little while and then she gave me a few minutes of her time as we sat on the deck of Green labs and watched the amazing Colorado sunset- let’s just say it served as the perfect setting for this interview.

To start off I asked her to tell me what her favorite part of Colorado was and I think many of us can relate with her answer. She told me that she grew up in a place where she couldn’t see the mountains, but in Colorado you can look west from pretty much anywhere and you’ll see the majestic Rocky Mountains every day. For Ru, It’s all about the geography here because it‘s a constant reminder of why she lives here. We are pretty blessed right? Not only are the mountains beautiful but they sure help me because I am directionally challenged (ha-ha).


Ru launched Roux Black last November and has taken Colorado by storm. She is passionate about her clients and will work day and night (literally) to get things done. I asked Ru why she wanted to start her own consulting business. She explained to me that as a writer about hip-hop music she is able to see things differently in ways that artists can, “expand their repertoire” and she wants to utilize her creativity and skills for artists that she is passionate about. So naturally I wanted to know why she chose Denver to be her headquarters for Roux Black. Ru first moved to Denver because her work was centered on the independent movement. She learned from living in New York that Denver, “had all the components of being a big city except for its size.” For this reason independent music, media, entertainment and the arts in general thrives here in Denver and that’s why she picked this amazing place to be her headquarters. In her words, “Denver is incredible and impressive.”

Ru has had the opportunity to work with some outstanding people, F.L of the Foodchain, H*Wood, and Tommy Brown just to name a few and that list is growing. I asked her what part of Roux Black has been the most rewarding for her and she said that being able to work with artists with a lot of “internal movement” has been inspiring. Ru describes herself as a “Hustla” and if you know Ru, you know there is no better way to describe her. She goes after what she wants and she gets it. She told me that she feels like she relates a lot with the artists she works with because, “they have made Colorado work for them through their knowledge and experiences of living in Colorado for a long time.” Ru has definitely made Colorado work for her too. Roux Black has some exciting things happening in the coming months so expect to be seeing a lot more of Ru and her team. For starters, they are collaborating with the Yes to Cannabis campaign where together they are putting on a 3 day festival that will feature Snoop Dog (+ more artists to be announced) and provide education to voters. Roux Black is also endorsing a candidate in advance of the November 5th election, essentially they have formed their own political action committee.

On top of all that Roux Black is working to expand their artist roster to encompass rock, electronic and alternative artists. You can also expect to see more partnerships and collaborations with businesses and venues as her ultimate goal is for her team to be working on their artistic development. Like I said, amazing things are underway at Roux Black.

My favorite part of these interviews has come to be when I get to ask what Colorado Culture means to each individual that I talk to. It’s such a beautiful thing to hear about why Colorado is what it is, listen to how similarly and differently we think, and get the opportunity to see Colorado from someone else’s eyes. Ru said Colorado Culture to her means a growing metropolis in terms of fashion, communication, and infrastructure, and because of all this we have so much pride. Because we have all of this pride collectively we also have so much opportunity. She says, “there is no way a place like Colorado wouldn’t’ grow and thrive because the people here love Colorado so much.” So from Ru’s eyes, Colorado Culture is our pride. Pride that we can see the sun go down at eye level every day or look to the west and see our gorgeous Rockies. Colorado is also different and unique because it has such a spiritual lay out, it’s accessible to love and as Ru put it, “you have no choice but to love this place because it loves you back.” She also said Colorado Culture is exclusive because the people of Colorado have a “vested interest in the direction of the culture.” Beautifully put. We truly live in the BEST state with the most incredible people. We love our state and it loves us back, there aren’t many places you can say that about. So Culture heads keep your eyes and ears peeled because you haven’t seen or heard the last from Ru Johnson and the Roux Black team.

 

~Meghan Lee

 

You can learn more about Roux Black Here.

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Souls In Action

Souls In Action

"Souls in Action is a Denver, Colorado based collective of like-minded individuals creating change through music, art and social activism." I don’t think there is any other way to describe this incredible crew! From music promotions, marketing and even artist management this is one amazing company that is doing BIG things! (And they’re just gonna get BIGGER)! Souls in Action throws and promotes some of the best concerts in the mile high city, has an artist roster with some of the best local names in Colorado and as I learned from my interview with CEO, Lulu Clair they are planning to launch a new program that encourages volunteer work and social activism. SIA rocks! I know from my own personal experience and it has been amazing to watch them grow and continue to do really cool things.

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Josh Noreen
Souls in Action is one of my favorite companies in Colorado. Love em!
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 01:30
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Flosstradamus

Flosstradamus

Chicago-based music duo Flosstradamus decided that Denver was the place to be for 4/20 this year, bringing the 2nd annual HDYFEST with them  to Red Rocks for the “holiday.”. HDYFEST’s lineup boasted a strong roster of supporting acts in addition to the headliners, consisting of Chill Harris, Valentino Khan, Snails and of course Flosstradamus. The energy was high, the music was loud, and an overwhelming sense of anticipation filled the Rocks as the crowd filed in on an overcast Wednesday afternoon.  

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Brew Review: Great American Beer Festival 2015

Brew Review: Great American Beer Festival 2015

This year Colorado Culture had the pleasure of attending The Great American Beer Festival at the Colorado Convention Center. This is easily one of the best events of the year in and around Colorado, not just because of the diversity in beer that you get to try but also because of the thousands of people that travel to Denver to attend. With more space, more breweries, more beer, and more people than any other festival of its kind GABF is like Vegas…except for beer.   A total adult playground.  This year definitely topped the charts.

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