We are giving away a pair of VIP tickets to New Year’s Eve in Funklandia @ Crystal Ballroom on December 31. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, December 1.
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“New Year’s Eve in Funklandia”
w/ The Motet + Polyrhythmics & DJ Weather
December 31, 2014
8 p.m. Doors & Show | $26 ADV / $30 Doors | $65 VIP ADV / $70 VIP Doors | 21+
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209
Get your one-way ticket to Funklandia as the Crystal throws the funkiest New Year’s bash in town.
VIP it up!
Experience Funklandia in style with the NYE VIP Ticket. For an extra $40 per ticket you get: three (3) drink tickets, Crystal Ballroom VIP Viewing Area and VIP Bar access, and all night access to the exclusive Funk Underground VIP Lounge at Lola’s, featuring VIP bar, music, and more perks and surprises.
In a sense, although they’ve been in existence for more than a decade, The Motet has only recently begun to realize their full potential as a band. Throughout most of their career, the Colorado-based progressive funk outfit has operated with a loosely based revolving cast of players, its liquid membership largely serving to flesh out the vision of the band’s founder, drummer Dave Watts. That all changed with The Motet, the group’s seventh album, released in February 2014. This time, a concerted effort was made to involve each of the seven current members-Watts, vocalist Jans Ingber, guitarist Ryan Jalbert, bassist Garrett Sayers, keyboardist Joey Porter and horn men Matt Pitts (saxophone) and Gabe Mervine (trumpet)-in the creative process equally.
“This album was 100 percent created by the band, with each member writing his own parts and having input on the mix and arrangement,” says Watts. The result of this new democratization of the music-making has been a palpable expansion of The Motet’s range. “We are definitely able to go deeper,” says Watts. “The material is stronger because we all had a hand in writing it. Because we have spent so much time playing together, our improvisation is more natural and intuitive and our groove is more effortless.”
Adds Ingber, “We went into this album with the idea that we were going to make a fully collaborative record. We put aside four or five days for songwriting, each of us bringing in unfinished ideas that we could explore and complete as a group. The idea behind that was that the band as a whole would be so much greater creatively.”
Original hard-driving, modern afro-beat and syncopated, horn-driven funk. That is the recipe that Polyrhythmics have crafted and delivered to packed clubs, and festival crowds throughout the west coast in the past 3 years. The 8 members of this dynamic world-beat orchestra, weave a clever web of deep, hypnotic grooves, creative, yet melodic interplay, clever horn-hooks, and searing solos that ignite every dance-floor that has laid before them.
Despite their proven reputation as performers, delivering a non-stop a Live show experience unmatched in today’s instrumental musical landscape, the heart and inspiration for this band’s existence is the art of recording, documenting the art, and laying it down to tape.