Fire, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Parliament-Funkadelic and many others. Recent tribute shows have celebrated a particular year in music, with Mixtape sets from 1975, 1977, and 1980. Preparing for these shows are intense, and we take it very seriously. Each year it gives us an incredible opportunity to not just learn, but to understand, the art of funk both as individual players and as a band. These shows, which have become a beloved live music tradition and sell out each year, have also offered a unique (and rowdy) opportunity for the bands fans to join them in their ongoing exploration of creative, live dance music. The Motet began in 1998 in Denver, Colorado, where the bands then-rotating cast of musicians amassed an enthusiastic and loyal throng of hometown fans. The Motet took their infectious dance parties on the road about three years ago, and their national fan base has been growing exponentially ever since. Today their shows sell out from coast to coast at such venues as Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Brooklyn Bowl, Chicagos Park West, The Independent in San Francisco, Tipitinas in New Orleans, Portlands Crystal Ballroom, and Variety Playhouse in Atlanta. A favorite along the festival circuit, The Motet has performed at Electric Forest, Summer Camp, All Good Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Bonnoroo, Peach Fest and many others. The Motet are Dave Watts (drums), Joey Porter (keyboards), Garrett Sayers (bass), Ryan Jalbert (guitar), Gabriel Mervine (trumpet), Lyle Divinsky (vocals), Drew Sayers (saxophone).