Listen Up Denver! Presents a J2G Live Production
The Dance Party Time Machine ft. David Murphy of STS9 & Members of The Motet, Euforquestra, Rose Hill Drive, YAMN, Fox Street Allstars, The Congress, DubSkin, Kinetix, Octopus Nebula, The Whales, Tiger Party, Moutain Standard Time, Filthy Children & More!
2637 Welton Street
Denver, CO, 80205
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM (event ends at 2:00 AM)
This event is 16 and over
Watch & Listen
After an amazing 17 year career with
STS9 as the front man and band
leader, David Murphy left the band in early 2014 with the desire to work with vocals, soloist's and create a more focused sound. Since then he has recently formed the band Seven Arrows, been DJ'ing and performing in supergroups across the country. Playing in the supergroups has given David the chance to delve back into improv and freeform music which was so much apart of the formation of STS9. 2015 has much on the horizon for David musically so keep your ears and eyes open for his next musical endeavours.
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.
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...”
Rose Hill Drive
Rose Hill Drive is a rock n roll band. People who say they like Rose Hill Drive often say they like old school rock n roll, but the may also say they like drugs, and Rose Hill Drive doesn't know anything about those drugs. Rose Hill Drive just wants to kick out the jams and be a responsible and integral part of the emerging global community. One time somebody asked Rose Hill Drive if they were for real, and Rose Hill Drive asked simply, "are you for real?".
Rose Hill Drive happens when Nate Barnes plays the drums, Daniel Sproul plays the lead guitar, Daniel's brother Jake plays the guitar and sings, and Jimmy Stofer plays the bass. Sometimes one of them will play the maracas, sometimes one of them will play the keyboards. And every so often, one of them won't play anything at all. Whoa. Heady. These details should be of little concern. The take home point is that Rose Hill Drive loves making rock n roll together and playing it for enthusiasts of electric music.
Rose Hill Drive wishes the Starz hit comedy Party Down would come out with a 3rd season, but that aside, they are elated about their 2011 release "Americana." Their collective opinion is that it is their best music to date and their best music to date to.
Rose Hill Drive doesn't like to name drop so they will refrain from telling you that they did open for The Who, Van Halen, Aerosmith, The Black Crowes, Wilco, Queens Of The Stone Age, and are curently on the road supporting Stone Temple Pilots. This is big time, and to remain down-to-earth, to keep their heads on straight, Rose Hill Drive will trade off giving each other lashings with a studded whip.
You may also find Rose Hill Drive cooking breakfast on a coleman grill in your local wal-mart parking lot. And if you do, feel free to stop and say hello, maybe share a brew and story or two about the good ol' American west. And kick 'em a couple bucks if you feel so obliged.
Yamn resides in Denver, CO. First and foremost their heart is in their live experience. One that scintillates the senses with courageous beats, grooves that cause instant and contagious grins to ripple across the undulating crowds, heart-warming peaks and head-banging rock riffs. This refreshed and revitalized Yamn is a band hungrier than ever to push the
limits of progressive live-tronica. To lend a hand in enhancing the full-bodied, crisp melodies and free-flowing power rock jams that Yamn has come to be known for, is a lighting experience that encompasses a world class rock show.
With more than 100,000 road miles after the original members met in cold and snowy Breckenridge, Colo., the trance-fusion rockers continue hurtling toward their evolving vision. As their dedication, virtuosity and pure enjoyment propelled them through music scene’s across the United States, Yamn’s focus remains on the here, the now and the what-is-to-be while
continually fulfilling the journey of enhancing their lives and the lives of those listening with powerful and seductive sounds.
"Fox Street is quickly gaining a reputation for being one of the hardest working rock and roll bands on the Colorado music scene. Voted Denver’s “Best Traditional Rock Band” at the 2013 Westword Music Showcase, the group also played raging headlining shows for packed houses at The Bluebird Theater and Larimer Lounge. In the February 2014 edition of Colorado Music Buzz, Fox Street was named amongst the "best jam bands" in Colorado:
"Fox Street just might be the most unique band on this list, fusing a honky-tonk inspired soul sound in with the funky freshness of the jam scene... The press train continues to add critical acclaim to the band... Fox Street is a top band to watch in 2014."
While the band is proud to be a part of the vibrant Denver music community, they have been making strides on the national scene as well: Fox Street was named a “must see” act at Musikfest 2013 (America’s largest free music festival in Bethelhem, PA) by both theLos Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune.
Fox Street boasts a big, soulful rock n' roll sound laced with three-part harmonies, screaming guitars, soulful sax, and a devastatingly funky rhythm section. It certainly helps that the members of Fox Street share varied influences throughout American roots music -- blues, jazz, country and a whole lotta funk -- but also having shared the experience of taking Fox Street on the road together gives the band a certain tightness, a dynamic range that simply cannot be acquired any other way. Over the past five years, Fox Street played hundreds of shows, maintained a relentless coast-to-coast tour schedule and spent countless of hours in the studio with Denver engineer/producer Josh Fairman (New Mastersounds, Ivan Neville, Kinetix) crafting two internationally acclaimed, self-produced, full-length albums: Welcome to Mighty Pleasin’ (2010) and Tough Talk (2013).
It’s the Fox Street sound that’s landed the band gigs sharing the bill and often the stage with contemporary touring acts like Tedeschi Trucks Band, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Robert Randolph and The Family Band and Galactic; as well as members of legendary groups including The Allman Brothers Band, Little Feat, and The Meters.
2014 is set to be another landmark year for Fox Street -- In addition to writing and recording new music and expanding their United States tour schedule, the band is currently booking its first European trek for later this fall.
Look out for the band to headed your way soon -- Check out www.foxstreetband.com or keep up with Fox Street tour dates and new releases on Facebook or Twitter."
Evoking emotions that you thought had long passed – the feeling of your first cigarette, or the way you feel listening to a worn vinyl as it warmly crackles against the sound of a summer night – The Congress is naturally compared to many names and styles of years gone by. But drawing such comparisons is, in many respects, a misguided endeavor. Misguided not because you’d be wrong, but because you’d be missing the beautiful point – The Congress are a natural evolution of more than 60 years of purely American music. With a spirit rooted just south of the Mason-Dixon Line, and now calling Denver – “The Queen City of the West” – their home, they’ve got enough soul, grit, and have spent enough time in the woodshed and on the road to call them pretty much whatever you want. But whatever words you think you need to describe their contribution to the American music tradition – save your breath. The Congress play Rock & Roll. Jonathan Meadows [bass] / Chris Speasmaker [piano, organ] / Scott Lane [guitar] / Raphael Katchinoff [drums]
Dynamic. How better to describe Kinetix, a band whose most recent album Let Me In hit #47 on the iTunes Top 200 Rock Charts and yet just wrapped separate national tours with hip hop darlings Flobots and Australian roots-rock kings Beautiful Girls, not to mention performing late night sets at a slew of summer festivals? ‘Let Me In’ certainly plays like a byproduct of a unique career trajectory, managing to maintain a fresh approach while smoothly transitioning between energetic rock and carefully crafted pop. Hot on the heels of their new album, a free acoustic show release and a packed Fall tour, Kinetix looks to be even more potent in the coming months. Already renowned for their performances, it’s easy to call Kinetix in 2011 a “must-see” live act. Simply put, they’re the type of band that reminds you why it’s fun to let loose.
Kinetix’s rise from their humble Denver roots into a nationally touring band is the result of talent, enthusiasm and a lot of hard work. Formed at the Lamont School of Music at Denver University, Kinetix was originally meant as a vehicle to blow off steam and play music at weekend hangouts. However, their popularity during those early days became a campus phenomenon that quickly outgrew the limited confines of house parties and campus events. Within two years of forming, Kinetix was selling out local theatres and collecting invites to summer festivals nationwide. Encouraged by the warm response, the band set out to establish themselves nationally and have been building their fanbase ever since.
The eleven tracks of Let Me In were engineered and mixed by Jason Livermore at the reputably rock and roll Blasting Room Studios and mastered by Chris Gehringer of Sterling Sound. The new album builds upon the band’s reputation as a live tour de force, but now heralds the rock quintet as studio musicians capable of creating an album worthy of mainstream radio play.
Colorado's O-NEB has recently opened up on the scene, impressing audiences far and wide with their new style of music that blends elements of electronic, ambient, downtemps, breakbeat, rock, acid jazz, and ethereal grooves.
O-NEB consists of Fleeb Thomas on bass, Dan Raasch on Drums and Matt Newhard on Guitar. These musicians have come together not only to inspire the dance floor (which they do on a regular basis), but also to spread positive vibrations through music.
The rise of O-NEB has been swift and complete, as was evidenced at the first show they ever played together, a sold-out gig at Colorado's famous Mishawaka Amphitheater with musical icons from across the pond, Shpongle and Ott. In addition to these two major names, O-NEB has shared the stage with such heavy-hitters as the Disco Biscuits, Random Rab, Bluetech, Lotus, David Murphy (of STS9), Ana Sia, Eskmo, Boombox, Signal Path, EOTO, and RJD2.
Currently laying out the textured psychedelic grooves for their first album, O-NEB shuns the formulaic in favor of a purely original sound, a gamble that has paid off in the long run for this talented quartet. The music refuses to be classified and, as a result, gives the sense that the members of O-NEB are truly breaking new ground.
Tapping into the history of rock & roll, the Whales are blending contemporary and classic sounds alike: With rich vocal harmonies, heavy song craft, and an impeccable live show, the band is quickly turning heads with their original blend of blues, americana, soul and rock & roll.
Led by Jonah Wisneski (guitar/vocals) and comprised of Scott Roush (Drums/Vocals) & Logan Muckler (Bass), the Whales formed following gigs in support of Wisneski’s solo debut “Lights” (2011). Building on an already strong catalog of originals, the Whales are constantly adding new songs to their dynamic shows. From heavy hitting blues & high energy rock, to slow winding americana, the band twists and turns through the fabric of American music, while exploring sonic textures with musical prowess and finesse. With shows that top 3+ hours long, the band weaves in and out of various tempos and styles, to find a balance that captures the ears of it’s listener.
It’s not hard to find the band playing close to 100 shows a year throughout Colorado and the neighboring states. With future ahead, the Whales are are showing no signs of slowing down.
TIGER PARTY is a collaborative musical project led by keyboardist Blake Mobley and features musicians from both the East Coast and Colorado. This group of ever-changing musicians has brought in players from bands like Lotus, Signal Path, Octopus Nebula, The Malah, The Bridge and many more. As the lineup changes so does the music, making each show a unique experience for both the audience and the tiger-musicians.
Mountain Standard Time
“[MST has]…captured a classic sound, fiddled with their filters until just the right level of light shines through, and layered their work for the discerning ear.” (Daily Camera – Boulder, CO).
For Mountain Standard Time, there is one focus: making good, honest music. The organic process of expression—from heart to hands to ears—preserves the integrity of the finished product. While the band spends an exhaustive amount of time crafting and perfecting their material, they don’t pay any mind to the rules and confines of genre. With elements of Bluegrass, Prog Rock, Latin and Americana, attempting to categorize the band can be challenging. MST coined the term “free grass” so that they could stop focusing on labeling their music and stick to what they do best: playing it.
MST brands its own style of "Rocky Mountain FreeGrass," blending acoustic guitar and mandolin with keyboards, electric bass, and drums. The members of MST migrated to Colorado from different regions of the country, bringing wildly diverse musical backgrounds and influences along with them. Their paths eventually crossed in Nederland - a small, Colorado mountain town steeped in bluegrass music. Musical relationships were forged through the camaraderie of late-night jam sessions that characterize the music scene of the Front Range. Shortly after meeting, MST grew quickly and performed all over Colorado and across the country, with appearances at Wakarusa Music Festival, 10,000 Lakes Festival, Summer Camp Music Festival, and NedFest, among many others.
After some time away from the road, MST returned back to the live music scene in 2012. The band’s sound adds new dimension as Zack Scott (drums), Nick Dunbar (mandolin, guitar) and Stanton Sutton (guitar, mandolin) are joined by Otis Lande on bass and Ryan Ebarb on keyboards. Solid vocal harmonies and genuine lyrics interplay with well-crafted melodies over a soundscape that varies from lush and delicate to lively and complex—often within the same song. Plenty of room for improvisation keeps everything exciting, while unique transitions stitch it all together. They released their first EP, Sunny, in early 2013, which captures the spirit of the band’s live energy.
Ableminds is the creation of Jordan Linit and Charles Parker Mertens. Combining Dirty Beats and Live Looping with ripping synths, Filthy Basslines, and heavenly guitar, performed by two instrumentalist's/DJ's. This project truly integrates the party atmosphere of a DJ w/ the excitement of a live band that can improvise and make each performance unique. This music is "sure to make your ass shake". It is a combination of their love of composing, performing, and producing bass heavy, dance laden BEATS.
The Duo has been in the studio on and off for a year shaping their sound and working on their debut album scheduled for release in the Summer of 2011. With the album nearing completion, Ableminds has focused on incorporating live looping/improvisation with the original beats created by these 2 Colorado producers.
On stage Charlie and Jordan perform (and loop) guitars, basses, and many synthesizers, while at the same time DJ both original tracks and audio created on the fly. This dual DJ/ Live band is sure to make you think about what an "Electronic Band" should be.
That’s right. Filthy Children just slapped you right in the face. Take a moment. Just feel that for a second. You haven’t even heard their music yet – much less do you even know them – but they slapped you right up in your face without shame. Goddamn. That wasn’t personal. That’s just how it is baby. They’re just trying to help prepare you for when you actually get up and come with your friends on down to the show. I know that you may be feelin a little guilty because you actually enjoyed that. Don’t. It’s all part of their thing. Filthy will give you that funk soul slap that stings so good. Three buttery horns, a smokin female vocalist, drums, bass, guitar, and a smattering of analog synth burbles to fill the spaces. You don’t believe it? Slap!!! There it is again. What’d I just tell you? Dig it. You can’t take you’re attention away now. You want to know more don’t you? Mmmm Hmmm….
Based out of Denver, Colorado, Filthy Children first hit the stage together in Nov, 2003. Since then, they have been laying it down all over the land, landing headlining gigs at nearly all of Colorado’s most respected venues and festivals including: Boulder’s The Fox, Aspen’s Belly Up, The Bluebird and Gothic Theaters, Ft. Collins’ The Aggie Theater, Hodi’s Half-Note and Mishawaka Ampitheater, as well as a headlining performance at Summerfest in Milwaukee two years in a row. Filthy band members have shared the stage with such funky musical luminaries as Galactic, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Rebirth Brass Band, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, J.J. Grey and Mofro, and Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band to name just a few.
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.
$22 Day Of Show
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J2G LIVE PRESENTS DANCE PARTY TIME MACHINE AT CERVANTES’ MASTERPIECE BALLROOM
Colorado’s best musicians will be traveling through decades of dance music guided by The Dance Party Time Machine (DPTM). From the 60’s to Today, the DPTM will jump from era to era, placing your dancing feet in various time periods, while your tab stays at Cervantes’.
J2G Live is known for their yearly Revenge of the 90’s extravaganza, and now they are throwing a dance party that knows no limits. A group of over 40 of Denver’s best musicians will take turns performing popular dance tunes from various decades. Starting in present day, the DPTM bounces through time as the night moves on covering every dance and era imaginable. Want to get down and dirty to Disco? Grind to 90s hits? Relive your favorite party anthems? Well, it can all be done in one night onSeptember 27th.
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