The Motet


2013 brings a new sound to a familiar face in the national music community. With an astonishingly talented cast of musicians, The Motet has refined their sound and their vision into a dynamic and expressive improvisational force.

Founded and led by drummer Dave Watts, The Motet began almost thirteen years ago and hasn’t let up since. Featuring complex compositions written and arranged by Watts himself, the music tells a story through syncopated rhythms and melodies.

“I’ve always written parts for guitar, bass, horns, and percussion. Because they’ve all been created with a clave in mind, there’s a very specific way in which the parts interact,” explains Watts.

“That’s what gives the song its character. When we play live sometimes we’ll get into a groove, play the head, and then open up for solos. And all the while, everything is tied to the clave with everyone playing in it. That’s just one way you approach playing music with respect for it’s composition or tradition.”

As music and technology evolve at an astounding rate, so too has The Motet pioneered their unique sound while continuing to defy categorization. With roots in Jazz, Afrobeat, Funk, Salsa and Samba, The Motet keeps their audiences in a dancing frenzy by layering House and Techno rhythms into a style that is uniquely their own.

From years of incessant touring and with a rich legacy under their belt, The Motet’s “resolve to evolve” has made them indispensable in the East and West Coast groove circuits.

Writes Dave Kirby of Boulder Magazine: “Watts’ dedication and artistic integrity have created an elusive musical entity which seems to be as much fun to play in as it is to go out and hear.”

The Motet is a world-class ensemble that whips audiences into a whirlwind using sheer impromptu force. The rhythms are spontaneous and textured and the beats are hard-driving. The band uses this energy to create a rapport between the audience and themselves that is rarely seen in today’s world of manufactured rock. The Motet consecrates the ground on which dance music meets free-form improvisation.


2000 – THE MOTET: Breathe

2001 – THE MOTET: Play

2002 – THE MOTET: Live

2004 – THE MOTET: Music For Life

2006 – THE MOTET: Instrumental Dissent

2009 – THE MOTET : Dig Deep


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Career Highlights

* The Motet has toured the Nation for over 13 years and counting and is  a favorite among  music fans both in their home state of  Colorado and around the country.

*  Their extremely popular annual Colorado Halloween shows feature the music of a different artist each year.  Selling thousands of tickets during Halloween weekend alone, there is no sign of this tradition slowing down! The Motet has covered artists such as, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Tower Of Power, Herbie Hancock, Talking Heads, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Beatles and more.

* The Motet has performed at many of the nations top music festivals including, Bonnaroo, High Sierra, Mile High Music Festival, Jam Cruise and countless others.

Tour Dates

Date City Venue Country
04/25/14 THE MOTET in Austin, TX Euphoria Music Festival United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Buy tickets
05/02/14 THE MOTET in New Orleans The Howlin’ Wolf United States
Admission: $30/$35. Box office: (504) 529-5844. Address: 907 South Peters. Venue phone: 504-529-5844. 18+ only. Buy tickets
05/03/14 THE MOTET in New Orleans Joy Theater United States
Time: 10:00pm. Admission: $32.50. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 1200 Canal Street. Venue phone: (504) 528-9569. Buy tickets
05/10/14 THE MOTET in Boca Raton The Funky Biscuit United States
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $20/ $25/ $35. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 303 SE Mizner Blvd. Venue phone: (561) 395-2929. Buy tickets
05/11/14 THE MOTET in Live Oak, FL Purple Hatters Ball United States
Admission: $105/$120. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 3076 95th Drive. Buy tickets
05/23/14 THE MOTET in Chillicothe, IL Summer Camp Music Festival United States
Time: 10:00am. Admission: $135/$225. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 17189 Illinois 29. With Umphrey’s McGee, Trey Anastasio, Willie Nelson, Skrillex, The Flaming Lips, Widespread Panic, Jane’s Addiction, etc… Buy tickets

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