Hailing from Colorado, the Motet is a world-class improvisational funk band that has dedicated more than a decade to the healing powers of funky dance music. Although the early years of the band saw a constantly revolving cast of musicians, the most recent incarnation has been touring the country for the last several years developing a new and unique style with roots in funk, afrobeat, disco, electronic music, and soul. This new Motet has quickly gained a reputation for throwing infectious dance parties everywhere they go, creating a deep rapport between band and audience.

With the release of their 7th album, the Motet has once again showcased their commitment to pushing the sonic envelope while remaining dedicated to the musical traditions that have defined their sound. The band’s decision to call the album “The Motet” is a reflection that the group has finally become what it has striven to be throughout its existence. The album is a truly collaborative effort, with each member contributing equally to the writing process. In addition, the band spent hundreds of hours in the studio meticulously crafting vintage tones that hearken back to the glory days of funk music. The result is an organic collection of strong interlocking parts and melodies that sounds like nothing else on this planet.

All bands have their influences, and the Motet is no different. The band has a long-standing tradition of putting on a musical costume each Halloween, playing consistently sold-out shows along the front range of Colorado while performing the music of groups like Earth Wind and Fire, Parliament Funkadelic, Tower of Power, and Jamiroquai. The careful study of these bands has had an undeniable effect on the creative direction of the Motet. As bandleader and drummer Dave Watts told the Boulder Weekly, “We realized how effective a great song is on a crowd. Instead of just the energetics we’re used to bringing with improvising, soloing, and extended arrangements, we really decided to focus on tunes, because we understand how powerful a great song is.”

A great song needs a great band to play it, and the Motet proves to be more than adequate in that regard. In addition to Watts, Joey Porter (keys), Garrett Sayers (bass) and Ryan Jalbert (guitar) form a core rhythm section that has been playing together for nearly a decade. This time together has led to their characteristic deep rhythmic pocket, and has created the musical bonds that allow them to take their collective improvisation to heights bordering on precognition. The Motet horns consist of Matt Pitts (sax) and Gabriel Mervine (trumpet). Although deeply rooted in jazz, their time with the Motet has made them into one of the funkiest horn sections on the scene. Front man Jans Ingber rounds out the lineup with his soulful singing, welcoming stage presence, and “Soul Train” dance moves which inspire concert goers to boogie like no one is watching.

Today, The Motet announced new lead vocalist Lyle Divinsky and saxophonist Drew Sayers as official members of the band. Read Pollstar’s exclusive break story about today’s announcement here and watch a short video clip here. Look for The Motet’s brand new studio album to hit the streets before their headlining show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on July 22 with Medeski Martin & Wood and Vulfpeck.
“As difficult as change can be, the addition of Lyle and Drew has felt like an incredibly natural progression for the band. They are already brothers,” says Motet keyboardist Joey Porter. “We are all feeling really inspired and are excited about the future.”
Lyle Divinsky, a native of Portland, Maine, brings his powerful presence and love and light to The Motet. The unsuspecting soul man was awarded the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Abe Olman Scholarship (John Legend was the recipient in 2002), was hailed by Fuse TV’s as an “Artist to Watch” and reached #4 on the UK Soul Chart’s Top 40 earlier this year.
Powerhouse tenor saxophonist Drew Sayers, most recently of John Brown’s Body, brings his huge sound and rich tone to The Motet. Drew, who played and wrote horn arrangements on Beyonce’s last two albums, has performed on late night TV, and produced the 2015 John Brown’s Body release "Kings and Queens in Dub," also brings his writing and producing skills to the band.
The Motet in its new line up hits the road beginning today, February 18 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Over the coming months, the band has stops throughout the South and the Midwest, ramps up the festival season with plays at Euphoria Music Festival and during New Orleans Jazz Fest (for a Mixtape 1977 set), and much more.

For over a decade, Orgone has been steaming up nightclubs and drenching the largest music festivals in the country in sweat. Serving a cold-blooded concoction of deep soul, rare funk, and afro-disco with a raw rock star edge that is uniquely LA, Orgone’s music grabs you by the collar, pulls you to your feet, and shoves you out onto the dance floor. Tough, sexy, and adventurous, this sonic muscle car shifts through multiple gears from slyly slinky to seismically cinematic, while remaining spacious and uncluttered. eMusic says: “Their music is terrifically unfussy, big slabs of grizzled R&B, greasy as fatback, and thick as a very particular kind of smoke.” For their searing live performances and warm, dirty homegrown recordings, Orgone has been called “One of the heaviest acts we’ve heard in years” by Dusty Groove America.

The band is a symbiosis of eight seasoned musicians, at the core of which are keyboardist Dan Hastie and guitarist Sergio Rios who started creating classic sounds as green teens brought together by a mutual affinity for raw soul recordings. Members of Orgone have collaborated/performed with the Roots, Al Green, Gil Scott-Heron, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Breakestra, Thievery Corporation, and the Monophonics. As tight in the studio as they are on stage, …as the backing band on Cee Lo Green’s multiple Grammy Award-winning track “Fool for You” and Alicia Keys’ “As I Am” album.

Up front and unmistakable is Adryon de Leon, Orgone’s lightning rod, whose hearty, agile vocals are an intoxicating foil to the gritty intensity of the band. Orgone is currently getting their hands dirty in KillionSound, their Fortress of Soulitude, injecting the pure, passionate heat of their live sound into wax. Throughout this year, the band will maintain a strong touring presence while tantalizing crowds with new material from their upcoming album, which will be released into the wild in the Fall of 2014.


Eufórquestra (pronounced yoo-FOHR-keh-struh, think euphoria+orchestra) is energy and rhythm personified. An ever-evolving sound that has been influenced by music from all over the world with an emphasis on funk, pocket and groove. For over a decade the band has been igniting dance floors across the country, blending the roots of funk, soul, afrobeat, reggae and dub to create a sound that “explodes, dances and melts in your ear with sheer bliss” (Chris M. Slawecki; AllAboutJazz.com).

Eufórquestra’s fifth full-length record, FIRE, was produced by Kyle Hollingsworth (of The String Cheese Incident) and captures the passion and musical maturing of these road warriors. Over the course of 14 tracks, the band takes you on an hour-long adventure that will touch your heart and mind, and keep your fingers and toes tapping. A handful of special guests, including Elliot Martin (John Brown’s Body), Gabriel Mervine and Kim Dawson (The Motet) and Mr. Hollingsworth himself, put their own touches on the band’s already cohesive sound that is “tight and engineered to a fine, funky precision.” (Jeremy Frazier; Chicago Jam Scene) The result is a record that is distinctly modern, maintaining one foot in the future and firmly planting in the musical roots traditions of the past.

With almost 1,000 shows under their belt, Eufórquestra shows no sign of stopping. A perpetually heavy tour schedule keeps the band and fans happy, as performing live in front of an audience has always been the band’s top priority. As noted in a live show review by Grateful Web, “...the boys seem to play like the apocalypse will happen at any second and they want to die doing what they do best...”

Mikey Thunder

Mikey Thunder likes to party. But more than that, Mikey Thunder just so happens to be the party. Thunder spins a genre-blending, bass-driven partyrock, fusing banging electronic beats with funk, hip-hop, soul, jazz, blues, swing, reggae and anything else the party may call for on the fly. With 19 years in the game, he's mastered the art of improvisation with an uncanny ability to work with and rework the vibe of the party with precision. If you’re a true connoisseur of the Colorado music scene, you’ve seen Mikey share the stage with any number of your favorite artists- no matter the genre.

It all began for Mikey at the age of 15 when he discovered DJing in Springfield , Mass. Thru friends older brother's record collections and the Hiphop scene in the city. From there he moved up to Burlington Vt. and immersed himself in the diverse musical culture. In the fall of 1999, he relocated to the mountains of Jackson Hole where he was soon kidnapped by Michael Franti and Spearhead for the Stay Human Tour. After opening for Spearhead in Jackson Hole, Thunder was handpicked by Michael Franti to open the rest of the tour, where he mixed beats into their sets, during set break, and scratched with their beatboxer, Radioactive.

After the Spearhead tour Mikey relocated to Boulder and continued to pursue his musical career. At that time Thunder also was an Atari playing stuntman/ DJ in the band Sonar. The band shared the stage with the Wailers at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, the String Cheese Incident, and played Hightimes Magazine’s SXSW party, and the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam. In the fall of 2009 Mikey joined the Pretty Lights crew, opened for over 30 shows on their tours and performed cuts on the Making Up a Changing Mind EP, released in 2010. He also has played the sold out Red Rocks Amphitheater runs with PL in 2012/13/14.

Since that time, he has made his presence known in every single facet of the Colorado music industry. Over the years he has shared the stage with an extremely diverse range of musicians, including (but certainly not limited to): Bassnectar, The Glitch Mob, The Disco Biscuits, Boombox, Soul Live, Lettuce, The Motet, Michal Menert, Nightmares on Wax, Mr. Scruff, DJ Krush, Bonobo, Z Trip, DJ Qbert, Pete Rock, DJ Premier, Jurassic 5, Slick Rick, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface killa, Red Man, Juicy J, and Big Boi of Outkast. Additionally, he has been prominently featured on such festivals as Shambhala, Sonic Bloom, Snowball, Global Dance Festival, and many others.

Mikey Thunder’s true talent lies in his versatility. Every Thunder performance presents something familiar in an entirely unfamiliar way, as well as something unfamiliar presented in a way that is immediately recognizable as Thunder.

Big Medicine Gang

Keyboard player and producer A.G. Lunsfjord is a veteran of the record industry, with decades of engineering and producing under his belt. He has worked with greats such as Professor Longhair, Pat Metheny Group, Garcia & Grisman and many more. Recently producing local artists Caribou Mountain Collective, Tim Cook, Benny Galloway and others. Gragg creates an incredible soundscape with the use of a vintage bag of tricks and pianos. These sounds along with his knack for musical direction & arrangements are a corner stone of BMG's foundation.

Singer & guitarist Seth Strickland delivers a visceral rhythm guitar sound developed over a life time of writing songs and chord progressions. Strickland was a surrogate child of the Subdudes family in the 90's, getting his first gigs as a 19 year old with a Subdudes side project called Parlor Sessions headed up by John Magnie of the Dudes. Additionally, Seth's father Steve has been songwriting partners with the Dude's Tim Cook all of Seth's childhood. The three continue to collaborate when time allows.

Drummer Matt Coddel, grew up outside of Chicago & played in a number of projects around the Colorado area until he moved to Breckenridge. Coddel formed the band with Strickland and a former Bassist. Matt's approach to working a drum kit is funktastic hitting a zone between your ears and and your booty. Playing a minimal 3 or 4 piece kit, the amplitude and fervor with which he executes each hit is nothing less than bombastic.

Bassist Otis Lande is the newest addition to BMG. He's a high altitude, groove-gushing, bottom-end-bomb-dropper, known for his crushing knowledge of funk and reggae. His other awesome Colorado bands have included "Rogue Sound", "the Powerlung Rangers" and most recently "Mountain Standard Time" We are very excited for the new energy Otis brings as BMG's family continues to grow!

Trombone and producer Gustav Hoffman joined the line up in June of 2014. Gustav has many credits to his name including playing trombone with George Clintion and Parliament Funkadelic! He is also a recording studio owner/engineer in Denver CO. Gustav's melodic horn has been an incredible addition to BMG/

Alex Schult is the original percussionist. Al's style and taste ad great texture and groove to BMG's stew. Al has played with many great CO bands while maintaining an amazing mountain lifestyle.

Alexandra Schwan brings female soul to the Vocals. She now sings ands leads on guitar with the Sweet Lilies, singing with the gang schedule permitting. You can hear her powerful voice on the tracks "Bring It Home" and "Barley In The Silo" on BMG's debut album.

It's worth mentioning the bands unique elements that create "The Sound". Each member brings their individual interpretations of the music. All effects pedals and amps are analog, true bypass, tube powered, organic awesomeness!!! Digital gear? Nope...

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