The Colorado Progressive Funk Collective To Perform “Mixtape 1975” Halloween Run at Home State Venues including Vilar PAC, Aggie Theatre, Boulder Theater, and Ogden Theatre Oct. 28 – Nov. 1.
Tickets on sale now at http://www.themotet.net
Progressive funk collective The Motet announces the addition of the Aggie Theatre to their annual Halloween run along Colorado’s Front Range. The band will bring their highly anticipated “Mixtape 1975” –themed party to Fort Collins on Oct. 29 – with shows at Beaver Creek’s Vilar PAC on Oct. 28, the Boulder Theater on Oct. 30 and 31, and Denver’s Ogden Theatre on Nov. 1 already announced. Tickets are currently on sale at http://www.themotet.net and are already going fast. Check out this recently released video from the band’s sold-out Red Rocks Amphitheatre show with Umphrey’s McGee this past July, and see below for the complete list of The Motet’s currently confirmed tour dates.
The Motet’s famed Halloween shows, wherein the band performs music of their favorite funk influences (either an album in its entirety or a “mixtape’ of songs popular in a chosen year) are joyous, full of surprises and legendarily raucous. The shows have served not only to pay back the band’s fans for their loyalty but also to enhance The Motet’s understanding of who they are. Says The Motet’s drummer and founder Dave Watts, “We feel that it’s crucial to know the roots of any style of music so that you can speak the language.”
For each Halloween run of shows, The Motet study the intricacies of the chosen artists they cover and work out every minute detail, often bringing in additional musicians and vocalists so that they can fully embody the subject’s music. To date, Halloween shows have focused on the canons of such iconic artists as Stevie Wonder, P-Funk, Jamiroquai, Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, Prince, Tower of Power and others, and last year featured “Mixtape 1980.”
Mixtape 1975 Show Details are as follows:
Tuesday, October 28 @ 7:30 PM (Doors @ 7:00 PM)
Vilar Performing Arts Center
68 Avondalse Lane Beaver Creek, CO
Tickets $25 adv / $30 dos / All Ages Welcome
For more information, please contact (401) 421-2997 or visit http://www.vilarpac.org/vpac/
Wednesday, October 29 @ 9:00 PM (Doors @ 8:00 PM)
204 South College Avenue Fort Collins, CO
Tickets $25 adv / $30 dos / All Ages Welcome
For more information, please contact 970-407-1322 or visit http://www.aggietheatre.com
Thursday, October 30 – Friday, October 31 @ 8:30 PM (Doors @ 8:00 PM)
2034 14th Street Boulder, CO
Tickets $24.50 + facility fee (adv) / $30 + facility fee (dos)
For more information, please contact 303-786-7030 or visit http://www.bouldertheater.com
Saturday, November 1 @ 10:00 PM (Doors @ 9:00 PM)
935 East Colfax Avenue Denver, CO
Tickets $22.50 adv/ $27.25 dos / 16+ Welcome
For more information, please contact 303-832-1874 or visit http://www.ogdentheatre.net
Meanwhile, outside of their special Halloween run, “More energy is being put toward writing original music, Motet vocalist Jans Ingber explains. “That’s the difference between The Motet four years ago and The Motet now.”
In this spirit, The Motet recently released their self-titled 7th album, which has been hailed as “ambitious, airtight and built to travel” (Boulder Weekly). The nine tracks on The Motet (released February 2014) seamlessly showcase an evolved, keenly refined musical vision of The Motet; a band committed to pushing the sonic envelope, while remaining dedicated to the musical traditions – funk, afrobeat, disco, jazz, and soul – that have long defined their sound. The Motet are well known in Colorado and beyond for keeping audiences in a dancing frenzy by layering precise and vibrant live instrumentation and electronic rhythms into a style that is uniquely their own. And in this age when EDM reigns over the dance music scene, The Motet is proof that funk is not even close to dead. For this studio recording, each member of the band contributed to the writing and arranging of the album’s nine original songs. Using traditional analog recording methods including tape, tubes and transistors, the music on The Motet offers all the crunch and bite of a classic 70’s funk record and is warm, rich, and organic in tone. But the music is fresh and forward – as much a glimpse into the future of funk music as it is homage to the past.
Started ten years ago by seasoned drummer Dave Watts as a rotating cast of musical friends, today The Motet has refined their sound and vision into a dynamic and expressive force. The Motet features an astonishingly talented cast of musicians who enjoy a palpable rapport when put together – Dave Watts (drums, musical director), Garrett Sayers (bass), Joey Porter (keyboards), Ryan Jalbert (guitar), Jans Ingber (vocals) and horn players Gabe Mervine (trumpet) and Matt Pitts (sax).
Touring nationwide for the first time in the band’s history, The Motet are being hailed as “the best live band right now” (Source Audio).
The Motet’s current tour dates are as follows:
Thursday, October 9 WorkPlay Theatre Birmingham AL
Friday, October 10 Fly Free Festival Lafayette GA
Friday, October 24 Art Outside Rockdale TX
Saturday, October 25 – Sunday, October 26 Hangtown Halloween Ball Placerville CA
Tuesday, October 28 Vilar Performing Arts Center Beaver Creek CO
Wednesday, October 29 Aggie Theatre Fort Collins CO
Thursday, October 30 – Friday, October 31 Boulder Theater Boulder CO
Saturday, November 1 Ogden Theatre Denver CO
Thursday, November 6 Visulite Theatre Charlotte NC
Friday, November 7 Terminal West Atlanta GA
Saturday, November 8 Asheville Music Hall Asheville NC
Thursday, November 20 Underground Arts Philadelphia, PA
Friday, November 21 Brooklyn Bowl Brooklyn NY
Saturday, November 22 Brighton Music Hall Allston MA
Thursday, December 4 Rialto Theatre Tucson AZ with Keller Williams
Friday, December 5 Marquee Theater Phoenix AZ with Keller Williams
Saturday, December 6 El Rey Theatre Albuquerque NM with Keller Williams
Wednesday, December 31 Crystal Ballroom Portland OR
Tuesday, January 6 – Sunday, January 11 Jam Cruise 13 Miami FL
Additional dates to be announced.
To stay up to date on all news on The Motet, visit http://www.themotet.com and the official Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Soundcloud pages.