Herbie Hancock Tribute feat. Members of The Motet & Big Gigantic 7.26.12

Cervantes Other Side
Denver, CO

Words & Photos By J-man
Audio By Ed Simon

Of all of The Motet's side projects and cover shows, my favorite and the most funky is by far Joey Porter's Herbie Hancock Tribute. The project features Dan Schwindt (Kyle Hollingsworth Band) on guitar, Dominic Lalli (Big Gigantic) on sax, Dave Watts (The Motet, Juno What) on drums, Matt Grundstad on percussion, Garrett Sayers (The Motet, GST) & Joey (Juno What, The Motet) on keys. In the main room of Cervantes Chris Robinson Brotherhood packed the space, diverting any and all overflow traffic into Cervantes Otherside for what would be a rowdy night of funk!

The Motet Live at The Other Side on July 26, 2012.

The mood was light at the relatively young group of musicians took the stage. What followed was about two hours of sweaty funk performed to a extra excited crowd. With funky chopping and wailing from Dan's borrowed custom guitar, he let the crowd know that he meant business. From the other side of the stage Garrett stepped up to lay down an impeccable groove. It's rare that two musicians of such quality on the strings play Cervantes Other Side. They positioned Dom at the front of the stage on sax for what can only be described as clean raging party sax.

Dave's phat drumming lead the band through some truly danceable moments, outputting so much sound that filled the Other Side. To Dave's left, Matt held down the percussion section with some interesting rhythms and tasty fills. Joey chopped away with clav rips and electric precision. From rare tunes like "Tell Everybody" & "4am" to classics like "Chameleon," this special project brought it hard. It was undeniably a sell out with both sides of Cervantes boasting packed rooms. Eventually the time came when it was too pack and too sweaty. With that we departed knowing that we would catch the remainder of the show on the flip side courtesy of Ed Simon. I look forward to the next time members of The Motet & Big Gigantic perform their tribute to a true funk/jazz legend!

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