The Motet, known as phenomenal perpetrators of funk, will be igniting the stage of The Surf Hotel’s Ivy Ballroom beginning at 10 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 16. Based out of Denver, this seven-piece powerhouse fuses sizzling funk, progressive soul, and elevated improvisations into a dynamic funky disco ball of energy. This will be their first time playing in Buena Vista.
The Motet will play the Ivy Ballroom at the Surf Hotel in Buena Vista Friday, Aug. 16. (Photo courtesy of Surf Hotel)
Backed by Parris Fleming on trumpet and Drew Sayers on saxophone, Lyle Divinksy’s powerfully poppy and upbeat vocals drive each song into the future of modern progressive funk. Joey Porter’s tastefully restrained and sustained keyboard work is modern jazz fusion and classic 1970s organ tone brings fresh authenticity to the mix.
Honorary dance floor instigators, The Motet’s distinctive brand of catchy, yet highly explosive jams give Lettuce and George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic a reputation as best touring funk act in the country.
In 2016, The Motet released Totem, the first album with Davinsky and Sayers, a powerful, sophisticated, and funky force to be reckoned with. That same year, they gained national notoriety when they successfully sold out the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison. Continually evolving and dedicated to diversity, The Motet continue to push the envelope of what genre funk falls into.
In 2018, Davinsky collaborated with fellow Colorado jam giants The String Cheese Incident to release Get To You, bridging the gap between funk and Grasstronica (String Cheese Incident’s self-coined term for the style of their music). Melding multiple musical mediums into one, The Motet is more than just top shelf funk and improvisation, and they’re a total sonic experience.
“We want to take people on a journey,” explains Davinsky. “In order to go on a journey, you have to participate. You can’t just simply let it happen around you. You have to give yourself into that journey. Everything is open. You’re free to be yourself. You’re free to go on that adventure and journey. We want to be the catalyst for listeners to understand themselves and the world around them” according to the band’s official website.
In January 2019, The Motet released “Death By Devotion.” Despite being veterans of the road, The Motet shows that, like most things in Colorado, the best funk is always homegrown.