The Motet officially began in 1998 in Denver (although there were numerous versions of the act which played Michigan Mike’s Nederland Acid Jazz prior to then), where the band’s then-rotating cast of musicians amassed an enthusiastic and loyal throng of hometown fans. Taking their infectious dance parties on the road about three years ago, the band has seen their national fan base has been growing exponentially ever since. Today, their shows sell out from coast to coast. Earlier this year, The Motet announced the addition of singer Lyle Divinsky, who fans the flames of this already hot band.
“There was a month and a half between the time I joined the band and when we went into the studio,” explains Divinsky. “I wound up writing the lyrics and melodies to four songs, and re-wrote the lyrics to two. It gave me and the band an opportunity to really connect musically. We’re deeply proud of this album and it’s very exciting to have this new material to push out as we begin this next phase of The Motet’s journey.”
Be sure to catch them as they headline Red Rocks this summer on July 22nd with more dates confirmed below. Joining The Motet at Red Rocks are Medeski Martin & Wood and Vulfpeck, with DJ Mikey Thunder spinning between sets. The show comes just two weeks after the release of The Motet’s brand new studio album, Totem, set to hit streets July 8, 2016.
In celebration of The Motet’s upcoming Red Rocks play, 15+ Denver and Front Range breweries and bars have partnered with The Motet for #MotetOnTap to giveaway an epic Red Rocks prize package including VIP tickets, a backstage tour, round-trip shuttles and more. To enter the giveaway, fans are visiting participating locations, posting a picture with a special edition Motet Red Rocks pint glass, and sharing it with #MotetOnTap.
Denver Artisan Beer Project Crooked Stave is going a step further to celebrate The Motet’s album Totem. Their limited edition Damn! IPA draft – and Totem Wild Ale in bottles, are both available beginning June 16. Progressive funk + progressive beer = fun & yum. More info HERE.
Starting July 15th, fans can visit select Boulder/Denver Sweet Cow locations to taste “Motet Mocha”, an Ozo Coffee ice cream with chocolate covered espresso beans and a homemade hot fudge swirl. Colorado-based Sweet Cow will also be serving Motet Mocha from their Moo Mobile at Red Rocks for fans to enjoy before and after the show. A portion of proceeds from Moo Mobile Red Rocks sales will be donated to the Colorado Conservatory of Jazz Arts.
Fans can pre-order Totem now at themotet.bandcamp.com. A full album download is included in all pre-orders, with various “package” options available – including a Totem CD signed by each member of The Motet and more.
The Motet are Dave Watts (drums), Joey Porter (keyboards), Garrett Sayers (bass), Ryan Jalbert (guitar), Gabriel Mervine (trumpet), Lyle Divinsky (vocals), Drew Sayers (saxophone).
Totem is available to purchase here: http://themotet.com/discography/
Watch the video for “Fool No More” HERE.
The Motet’s currently confirmed tour dates:
|7/15||Lone Tree, IA||Camp Euforia|
|7/22||Morrison, CO||Red Rocks Amphitheatre w/ Medeski Martin & Wood,
Vulfpeck, Mikey Thunder
|7/28||Aspen, CO||Belly Up Aspen|
|7/30||Canton, MA||Festival at the Farm|
|8/4 – 8//6||Thornville, OH||The Werk Out Music Festival|
|8/5||Salt Lake City, UT||Sky Bar|
|8/11 – 8/14||Scranton, PA||Peach Fest|
|8/13||Fairfield, CT||The Warehouse|
|8/18 – 8/20||Bartow, WV||Camp Barefoot|
|9/1||San Rafael, CA||Terrapin Crossroads|
|9/2 – 9/3||Calpine, CA||Camp Wakka Chikka w/ Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe
@ Sierra Valley Lodge
|9/4||Seattle, WA||Bumbershoot Festival|
|9/7||Tulsa, OK||The Vanguard|
|9/8||Fayetteville, AR||George’s Majestic Lounge|
|9/9||St. Louis, MO||The Ready Room|
|9/10||Urbana, IL||The Canopy Club|
|9/17||Deadwood, SD||Deadwood Jam|
|10/28 – 10/30||Live Oak, FL||Suwannee Hulaween|
|1/20 – 1/25||Miami, FL||Jam Cruise 15|