Rusko Concert Review

RUSKO was a big kid onstage at the Houston House of Blues.

Outside House of Blues, up three flights of stairs, lies the ticket window. This can be a pain if you were one of the hundreds of fans dressed in short shorts, tank tops, bikinis and baseball caps that came in from the 40 degree weather outside .

House of Blues keeps a strict drug ban, which they enforce with pat-downs, comprehensive searches and tight surveillance of the entire venue. Despite this unusually harsh drug policy, much fun was had. Good raves need only follow a simple recipe:

Play loud music for a bunch of adults, give them some beer, tell them to start acting crazy, and they will have a blast.

It worked for Rusko.


Every set played out in a certain way. MC Dynamite would rile the crowd up, Rusko would drop the bass and start acting out his music, and the crowd would become one massive dance and grind party.

However, Rusko never said a single word to the crowd himself. He communicated solely through gestures and goofy dancing. He would pelvic thrust, stick his tongue out, jump up and down, etc. to add visual flair to his mixing and scratching.


He played everything in¬†this¬†YouTube playlist including “Woo Boost”, “Somebody To Love”, the Sigma remix of “Somebody To Love” and “Everyday”. What he created was an uninterrupted pump-up session that maintained a certain sameness from one set to the next.

Several distinct song archetypes seemed to be repeating themselves in the sets. One was a slow, bass-heavy reggae jam. Another was a drum & bass mix at an extreme tempo that was often supported by high-speed rap from MC Dynamite. And there was just plain dubstep. The concert was more or less endless. Not even sound failures could break the continuity. One of the DJ’s before Rusko had a music cutout right as he was beginning a set, but he quickly restored chaos to the club before the crowd could remember the music had stopped.

Rusko’s own CD rig malfunctioned during one of the sets, however, the music kept playing and the rig was replaced within a minute. (The crowd didn’t mind at all.)

Deep bass, clear highs and an acoustic spread that didn’t leak into the bathrooms or the exterior of the concert room made for great audio at The House of Blues. The special effects at this show were less than spectacular but lights in every hue, active steam jets and falling confetti tape were appreciated additions to the music. I would definitely watch Rusko’s show again. Check out the photos and don’t forget to leave comments!

Nicholas Randall

I play video games, go to concerts, ride my bike, and post what I think about it all on this blog.

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