This Friday, Josh Hoyer and Soul Colossal will gear up for a high-energy, soulful performance at Ophelia’s Soapbox in Denver. The all-new venue, courtesy of flourishing restaurant group Edible Beats, boasts signature cocktails, amazing eats and, of course, stellar musical performances from notable artists. Hoyer and his outfit will hit the stage to swoon audiences with their soulful R&B, jazz and contemporary sounds. Hoyer’s poignant, honest lyrics will set the tone for thought while the smooth cadence of the band’s instruments will have you grooving in your seat. Plus, in an era of set-it-and-forget-it (yet still ultra-fun) electronic DJs , how often do you find yourself enjoying the sounds of an entire brass section, drums, guitar, amazing vocals, keys and more in one night?

Hoyer and Soul Colossal released their sophomore album in January of this year, titled Living by the Minute. Their second album was met with even more excitement from current fans and curious strangers alike. It’s hard not to get into the groove with the gritty, searing vocals of Hoyer overlaid by perfectly crafted melodies.

Accompanying Josh Hoyer and Soul Colossal is local group, Paa Kow Band, an outfit headed up by namesake Paa Kow, who garnered attention for his prodigious drum playing early on in eastern Africa. Paa Kow band’s signature sound is large and worldly, leaving audience members feeling full and gracious. Paa Kow has shared stages with many renowned American and international artists and we’re excited to catch his

We caught up with Hoyer to discuss his upcoming show in Denver. Check it out below!

303 Magazine: How did you get your start in music?

My folks entered me into a Talent Show at my Dad’s high school when I was 4. I sang John Cougar Mellencamp’s “Hurts So Good” and all the high school girls swooned! I never looked back.

Have you played in Denver before? What do you think of the music scene here?

Yes! This is our 8th trip to Denver. We absolutely dig the vibe in Denver. The progressive attitudes and creative spirits definitely make us feel at home!

How many instruments do you play?

I play keyboards, saxophone, drums (ok, ok…I can keep a beat) and my main instrument is my voice.

Who are some of your favorite up-and-coming artists right now?

My Top 5 current artists right now are Charles Bradley, Alabama Shakes, Monophonics, Sidewalk Chalk and Hood Smoke.

What can audience members expect from one of your shows?

Our shows are pretty intense! We play a blend of original Soul, Funk and R&B that is best enjoyed while on the dance floor and we LOVE to get DOWN. Expect some world-class musicianship from the band, some powerfully soulful vocals and a message of love, tolerance and empowerment. We bring the music to the people!

Don’t miss this show! Grab your tickets here!