‘Motet’ Returns to the Durango Concert Hall

The dance floor will be open Friday, January 12, as The Motet, with special guest DJ Naysayers, brings what has been called “the future of funk” to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.

Curtain is 7:30pm, and the dance floor will be open.

Founded in 1998 by Dave Watts, the Denver-based band is said to seamlessly fuse elements of Afro-beat, electronica, funk and jazz for an infectious and improvisational sound that defies categorization. Descriptions of The Motet have included: funk-flippin’, booty-dippin’, dance party delivery squad.

Key to The Motet’s popularity is that the band members do not mimic bands of the past, but rather create new, authentic sounds in a language based on foundations established by those earlier bands.

The Motet developed a hometown base of enthusiastic fans, but in recent years the group has taken its dance parties on the road. Shows now sell out at venues such as Colorado’s Red Rocks, Tipitina’s in New Orleans and the Brooklyn Bowl. The Motet has performed at Electric Forest, Summer Camp, All Good Music and more.

Founder Watts is a master on the drums, supported by current band members Joey Porter (keyboards), Garrett Sayers (bass), Ryan Jalbert (guitar), Gabriel Mervine (trumpet), Lyle Divinsky (vocals) and Drew Sayers (saxophone).

Drew Sayers also doubles as DJ Naysayers, who will kick off the evening’s dance party with a selection of roots and dub reggae.

Tickets for The Motet – $25-$35 – are available by calling 970.247.7657, on the web at www.durangoconcerts.com, or visit the ticket office inside the Welcome Center at 8th St. and Main Ave. in Downtown Durango. Ticket Office hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. On show days, the box office at the Concert Hall will be open one hour prior to curtain. All sales final.

The Community Concert Hall is a not-for-profit, multi-use performance venue located on the campus of Fort Lewis College. Its ability to bring a diverse spectrum of shows to Southwest Colorado is made possible through a partnership with the college, a state-supported, independent institution of higher education, and through financial and in-kind contributions from generous members of the community.