The Motet Begin Keep On Don’t Stoppin’ Tour
Colorado’s The Motet last year dubbed their current tour the Keep On Don’t Stoppin’ Tour after a dynamite track from the band’s self-titled 2014 album. It turns out that name is emblematic of what this quintet does year in and year out, given that this is the first show since they were forced to cancel their New Year’s Eve show in San Diego and, more importantly, their first show since the horrific Marshall Fire December 30 that leveled more than 1000 homes and buildings, including the home of drummer Dave Watts and his family.
As we keep Watts and everyone affected by those hurricane-wind fires in our hearts, we are glad to see him and the band out on the road, doing what they love best.
The tour opened last evening (Friday, January 14) at The Commonwealth Room in Salt Lake City. They will play there again tonight before shows in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington on this first leg of the tour. The second leg finds dates in their home state and in Texas.
For all of the shows in January, February, and March, guitarist and vocalist Collin Miller will be special guest (except for Brainquility). In addition, Magic Beans join them for the first seven shows, and Mike Dillon jumps in for two of those as well! Eminence Ensemble are guests for the three Texas dates in February.
And the festival season is just beginning to fill in, with appearances so far at Revival Music Festival, Summer Camp Music Festival, and Mountain Music Festival.
The Motet are: Dave Watts, drums; Joey Porter, keyboards, vocals; Garrett Sayers, bass; Drew Sayers, tenor saxophone, keyboards; and Ryan Jalbert, guitar.
THE MOTET with Collin Miller & Magic Beans
01/14 The Commonwealth Room | Salt Lake City UT
01/15 The Commonwealth Room | Salt Lake City UT
01/16 The Olympic | Boise ID
01/19 Domino Room | Bend OR
01/20 Historic Ashland Armory | Ashland OR
01/21 Revolution Hall | Portland OR w/ Mike Dillon
01/22 Neptune Theatre | Seattle WA w/ Mike Dillon
02/03-05 Brainquility Fest | Live Oak FL
THE MOTET with Collin Miller
02/11 Center for the Arts | Crested Butte CO
02/12 Ivy Ballroom at the Surf Hotel | Buena Vista CO
02/24 Last Concert Cafe | Houston TX w/ Eminence Ensemble
02/25 Mohawk | Austin TX w/ Eminence Ensemble
02/26 Deep Ellum Art Company | Dallas TX w/ Eminence Ensemble
03/18 Strings Music Pavilion | Steamboat Springs CO
03/19 Club Red Telluride | Telluride CO
05/27-29 Revival Music Festival | Clarks Grove MN
05/27-29 Summer Camp Music Festival | Chillicothe IL
06/02 Mountain Music Festival | Oak Hill WV