MusicMarauders Presents: Herbie Hancock Tribute 07.17.13
Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
Words & Photos By Kevin Hahn (Split Open & Shoot Photography)
There are few shows, groups, or performances that I would truly see over and over again. Phish, The String Cheese Incident, and Medeski, Martin, and Wood excluded it becomes a bit repetitive when I have seen the respective project playing that night almost on a weekly basis. However, the Motet and all of it’s funkied members are one of those groups that truly know how to get a crowd excited and ready to dance their asses off to some really special music. I was fortunate enough recently to catch Joey Porter’s (Keyboard) Herbie Hancock Tribute project, which includes Motet members Garrett Sayers (Bass), Dan Schwindt (Guitar), and Dave Watts (Drums) ripping into the funky beat of Mr. Hancock song after song. This project only plays once or twice a year as it also includes Dominic Lalli, the former Motet and now Big Gigantic saxophone player along with a special guest percussionist. For this run of shows through Colorado the uber-talented Jason Hann from the String Cheese Incident was kind enough to lend a helping hand to the party.
The Motet Live at Cervantes Masterpiece on July 17, 2013.
Set One: Intro > Steppin' In It, Hang Up Your Hang-ups, Ready Or Not, Palm Grease, 4 A.M., Just Around the Corner
Set Two: Intro, Chameleon, Watermelon Man, Sunlight, Actual Proof, Tell Everybody, Sly, Spank-A-Lee
All in all I truly thought the way Joey Porter and his funky friends handled the complexity and funky-ness of Hancock’s music is unmatched and definitely a party not to miss. I hope this project plays more often and maybe even dive deeper into Herbie’s catalog. Couldn’t you see Mr. Porter in the front of the stage on a Moog Keytar ripping it up? Whatever happens with this group I will be there and I definitely recommend you be there as well.
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