MusicMarauders Four Year Anniversary: Dave Watts Super Jam 6.21.14
The 1up - Colfax
Words & Photos By Brad Yeakel (Opti Mystic Outlooks)
Four years... a powerful amount of time. High school. College. Presidential terms. Olympic Cycles. Leap Years. MusicMarauders. Saturday night, I joined a four year Anniversary party for MusicMarauders. I went for a variety of reasons. First, I wanted to support a friend and colleague in celebrating a monumental anniversary. Second, I wanted to see the collective talent assembled to mark the occasion.
As their set came to a close, I was pulled into the green room where an all star band was getting loose. From spirited conversations to intent gaming, a talent-rich conglomeration of some of my favorite musicians were unwinding and building rapport for a night of musical collaboration. Roosevelt "The Dr." Collier enthusiastically tapped buttons as he played Galaga (posting the 2nd highest score). The atmosphere was quite refreshing. I could tell the musicians were enjoying themselves. From the inner child being cut loose on an arcade, to the excitement of playing music with a lineup that only existed for two nights, everyone seemed stoked to be a part of it.
Centered around the Motet's drummer/founder, Dave Watts, the lineup was superb. Tea Leaf Green's pioneering bassist, Reed Mathis laid impeccable grooves in sync with Watts energetic drumming. Keyboard wizard Todd Stoops was a sonic chameleon, showing a versatility rivaled only by his track suit collection. Roosevelt Collier's slide work was impressive. His tone and energy were electric. String Cheese Incident's percussionist, Jason Hann, guested throughout the show and the trumpet duo of Gabe Mervine and Jen Hartswick provided the icing on this cake. Watts had put together the right ingredients, they'd just needed to apply some heat.
Over the last four years, MusicMarauders has bloomed through a commitment to quality and innovation. I've enjoyed being around for a lot of it. The festivals, the unusual collaborations, the seemingly spontaneous side projects have been surprisingly intimate without losing the feel of something big. I've been honored to be a part of the team and look forward to all that is yet to come. Here's to much more Marauding!
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