April 1, 2021

Garageband Music Series: The Grand Alliance

TaiMichelle Bickham


This Friday is the final show in our Garageband Music Series with performances by Felix Ayodele & The New Moons and The Grand Alliance. The music series takes place on the 5th floor of the parking garage across the street from the museum. The future's looking brighter knowing that we can safely offer in-person performances and give you something to groove to online in the comfort of your home! It’s time to reclaim Friday nights!

photo of the band. Color gel lights in the back giving neon colors of pink, blue and green
Photo by Blake Jackson

Who is The Grand Alliance? Have you ever played in a garage before? What about a parking garage?

We are a group of multi-talented Artists SurEllz Vocalist, Fashion Forward creative, Kayla Marque Singer Song Written and all-around badass & Carl Carrell (CRL CRRLL), Producer, DJ, and all-around tech wizard. Our Recording space is a former garage turned state-of-the-art studio. We don’t really have to worry about parking in there. 

Where did the name, The Grand Alliance come from?

It is the name of the ship that android CRL CRRLL piloted when finding the two magical beings Kayla & Surellz lightyears away from earth. 

How long have you been part of the Denver music scene?

We have only arrived in 2019, we’ve got a lot of Love for our Denver creatives.

What’s your sound like? Describe in terms of if The Grand Alliance was an ice cream flavor.  

If The Grand Alliance were an ice cream flavor, we would be very earthy but with a twist or a punch bowl of rocky road with lime in the middle. Make that and call it, “The Grand Alliance Funk.”

silhouette photo of the band with the orange cast of the sunset behind them
Photo by Anthony Maes

What’s your experience been of Denver’s music scene?

Denver's music scene is vibrant and forever growing and changing. We are happy to be a part of the history of the city. 

How have you found ways to stay creative in your music during COVID? 

We have all found new ways to explore our creativity since Covid through virtual engagements and diving into learning new skills. It’s been rough for many, so we’re just grateful to be here still doing what we love. 

If you're permitting yourself at this point to get/feel excited about anything for the year ahead, what is it and why?

I think we are all excited to see the world start moving in the right direction regarding social inequalities and racial injustice. It’s been a rollercoaster of a year already. Still, if there is anything to look forward to, it is a more promising future and more opportunity for BIPOC and people of color.