Writer and photographer Alan Crandall submitted the following guest blog: originally published at TimesCall.com
The Motet took the stage at Boulder’s Fox Theatre on Friday night to a room full of smiles, and for good reason, too. Many in the crowd knew what others around the nation’s groove circuits have come to find out over the band’s last 10 years of touring: the Motet will inspire you to dance. To define The Motet simply as a jam band falls short of the dynamic sound and experience the band brings to a live performance. With a mix of jazz, funk, reggae and hard driving afrobeat, The Motet delivers a funky melodic electrified dance experience to a diverse group of loyal fans.
Formed over 10 years ago by Boulder resident, producer and musician Dave Watts, The Motet provides a high energy, get-up-and-dance fun in their live performance. With a complete rhythm and horn section backing the keyboard, bass and lead guitars, the band delivers precise changeups mixed with improvised jams. The Motet reverberates the feeling that the music is incredibly fun
to perform. Friday’s show surpassed expectation as the percussion and horn sections blended with the beat-driven marching dance and funky tones of keyboardist Joey Porter, the rhythmic, usually straight-faced jams of guitarist Ryan Jalbert, and the masterful bass rhythms of Garrett Sayers. The Motet had the audience jumping.
The Motet’s CDs could be purchased at the show for one dollar on the honor system. A box of Motet CDs sat overflowing at the
front of the stage for the merchandising offer to “take a CD, leave a buck.” The band even offers a free download of its CD here. In Colorado, we will have several opportunities to catch a Motet performance this spring and summer. For more information visit the band’s web site.