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The Motet’s best mix yet will relive 1975 in Halloween shows (video)

By Alan Crandall Previously published at the ColoradoDaily.com

The Motet has long been one of Colorado’s favorite funk bands. In the early years, The Motet grew out of a fluid group of musicians, always centered on the band’s leader, drummer Dave Watts. With the release of their self-titled seventh album and a recent return to Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Motet is riding a wave of success after years of touring and experimentation. The band is pushing heavy rhythmic dance music to a new level, incorporating afrobeat, disco, electronica and soul into funky arrangements that inspire audience members to dance.

The Motet today is a seven-piece group, with members Jans Ingber, Joey Porter, Garrett Sayers, Ryan Jalbert, Gabe Mervine, Matt Pitts and Watts.

“As a seven-piece, we made a decision about a year ago that this is going to be the lineup that we’re going to stick with,” Watts said in a recent interview.

Watts explained the new path for The Motet as “sort of a new paradigm that we’ve stepped into, basing our sound off of the funk influences that we’ve had over the last 12 or 13 years … Probably the coolest part of (“The Motet” album) is that we wrote it as a band — 100 percent co-written as a group, which is pretty cool.”

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By |October 24th, 2014|Home|Comments Off

16th Annual NedFest Music and Arts Festival on tap (photos)

One of Colorado’s best mountain music festivals, NedFest, is set to start next Friday in Nederland.   Now in it’s 16th year NedFest always offers a family friendly time with sometimes magical combinations of musicians you will not find outside of a music music festival or once upon a time in Vince Herman’s living room.  Past years lineups have read like the who’s who of the Colorado music scene.  This year is no exception featuring musicians like Bill Nershi, Keith Moseley and Kyle Hollingsworth of the String Cheese Incident, Tyler Grant with Grant Farm, Leftover Salmon’s Drew Emmitt and Jeff Austin with his new band featuring Danny Barnes, Eric Thorin and Ross Martin.

Nestled in the mountains and next to the Barker Meadow reservoir, the festival grounds offer scenic views and mountain fresh air.  The festival grounds are wrapped by art and food vendors and this year libations will be served up by Boulder Beer, Redstone Meadery, Left Hand Brewing Company and Very Nice Brewing Company.

New this year, a NedFest regular tweener, Jaden Carlson will be featured on the main stage.  The new Jaden Carlson Band recently headlined the Fox Theatre and put on a very impressive show.  She is a NedFest crowd favorite.

Headlining this year’s festival is Jeff Austin with his new band, Robert Randolph and the Family band and a super group comprised of the New Orleans Suspects joined by Little Feat’s  Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett.

From a recent press release:  “Who are the New Orleans Suspects, you say? Let’s start with Mean Willie Green on the drums, drummer for the Neville Bros. since 1981, not to mention playing on albums by Paul Simon, Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead. Then add Reggie Scanlan, bassist […]

By |August 15th, 2014|Bluegrass, Dance, Festival, Jam Band, NedFest|Comments Off

Kyle’s Brew Fest sporting new look, Boulder location

By Tom Wilmes
Friday Beer Correspondent/ previously published at dailycamera.com


Attendees of Kyle’s Brew Fest will notice several changes this year, the biggest of which is the location.

Staged the past few years at Boulder Beer Co., this year’s event is slated for 3-7 p.m. Saturday outside Liquor Mart in Boulder.

“Boulder Beer is still the sponsor and they’re still super awesome,” Hollingsworth said. “And I’m very excited to be trying out Liquor Mart — it’s a larger space and more centrally located, so people can walk or bike in.”

Admission to the 21-and-older event, $30 in advance or at the gate, includes a limited-edition pint glass, samples from more than 30 local and national breweries pouring more than 60 beers, access to a silent auction of music memorabilia and a performance by the Kyle Hollingsworth Band. Proceeds from the event benefit Conscious Alliance.

Hollingsworth, keyboardist with The String Cheese Incident, also will celebrate the release of his new solo album, “Speed of Life,” at the brew fest. He has invited special guests — including members of The Motet, Elephant Revival, Big Gigantic and others, many of whom play on the album — to join his band during the performance.

Fans also will have an opportunity to purchase the album at the event in advance of its official Aug. 19 release date by SCI Fidelity Records.

Hollingsworth, an avid homebrewer, also has collaborated with several breweries over the years, and many of these beers will be pouring at the festival, including projects with Avery Brewing, FATE Brewing and Epic Brewing.

Additionally, three collaborative beers paired with singles from the album will be available at the festival. Fans who purchase these beers elsewhere will find information on the packaging on how to download specially […]

By |August 8th, 2014|Jam Band, Live Music|Comments Off

The Henhouse Prowlers to perform at Shine tonight in Boulder (video)

Previously published at the DailyCamera.com
Chicago’s premier traditional bluegrass band, the Henhouse Prowlers, will perform tonight at Shine starting at 8:30. Here is a video of the band, check it out and we will see you at the show!

By |July 31st, 2014|Home|Comments Off

The Hard Working Americans roll through Colorado, stop at Twist & Shout in Denver, tonight in Boulder (video, photos)


By Alan Crandall/Previously published at www.DailyCamera.com

The Hard Working Americans are doing it right. A recently formed super group, melded members of bands like Widespread Panic, Chris Robinson Brotherhood & Great American Taxi, brings a strong sound and lyrics based in Americana rock, with the feeling of both easy and hard driving folk style tunes. The band formed less than a year ago hit the scene as a powerhouse with members, Todd Snider, Dave Schools, Neal Casal, Chad Staehly and Duane Trucks.

From the bands Facebook page, “Led by Snider’s intrepid vocals and backed by a band of ace players, the Hard Working Americans created fresh song arrangements to tell stories of the everyman and woman- the frustrated and downtrodden, the gritty and gorgeous, the blue-collar and no-collar- hard working folks that give this country a backbone.”

The band kicked off their Colorado run headlining an event at the Mishawaka Amphitheatre in Bellvue, Colorado. Here is a view of their sound check.

The band has several releases under their belt including their self titled album “The Hard Working Americans” and a 7 inch vinyl release “Don’t Want To Hurt Nobody.”

The second stop on The Hard Working Americans Colorado run was a CD and Album promo event at Twist & Shout in Denver where, already dedicated fans, lined up hours before the 6:00p.m. show.

Tonight the band will pack the Boulder Theater and tomorrow they will end their end this Colorado run at the Ogden Theater in Denver.

We caught up with the band at their Twist & Shout event, here are a few views from the show. See you at the show.


By |July 22nd, 2014|Boulder Theater, Jam Band, Live Music|Comments Off