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 The Motet "Funk Is Dead" with Eleven Eyes

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The Motet "Funk Is Dead" with Eleven Eyes
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The WOW Hall

291 West 8th
Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 687-2747
About this show

On Saturday, December 1, the CCPA and KRVM’s Short Strange Trip proudly welcome The Motet’s “Funk Is Dead” Show with special guests Eleven Eyes.

The Motet is very excited to announce that for their first show WOW Hall show since 2006, the band is returning to perform their super successful and crazy fun tribute to the Grateful Dead: FUNK IS DEAD!

In addition to the slamming rhythm section of Dave Watts (drums), Garrett Sayers (bass), Joey Porter (keys), Ryan Jalbert (guitar) and Dan Schwindt (guitar), they will be bringing three amazing vocalists: Jans Ingber, Paul Creighton and Kim Dawson. Also, they will be showcasing their fantastic horn players (who’s ever played the Grateful Dead with a horn section?!): Gabe Mervine (trumpet) and Matt Pitts (tenor).

Having sold out every Funk Is Dead show they’ve done so far, The Motet are certain these are going to go down as the most exciting and creative performances in Eugene to date! Make sure to get your tickets soon so you don’t find yourself at the concert with your finger in the air looking for a funky miracle!

With an astonishingly talented cast of musicians, The Motet has refined their sound and their vision into a dynamic and expressive improvisational force. Founded and led by drummer Dave Watts, the group began over ten years ago and hasn’t let up since.

The Motet is usually found performing complex original compositions written and arranged by Watts himself. The group’s unique sound has roots in jazz, Afrobeat, funk, salsa and samba. The Motet keeps their audiences in a dancing frenzy by layering House and Techno rhythms into a style that is uniquely their own.

With its sixth release, Dig Deep, The Motet proved that it is a group committed to exploring and pushing the sonic envelope, while still remaining dedicated to the musical traditions that have defined their sound. From years of incessant touring and with a rich legacy under their belt, The Motet’s “resolve to evolve” has made them indispensable in the East and West Coast groove circuits.

Writes Dave Kirby of Boulder Magazine: “Watts’ dedication and artistic integrity have created an elusive musical entity which seems to be as much fun to play in as it is to go out and hear.”

The Motet is a world-class ensemble that whips audiences into a whirlwind using sheer impromptu force. The rhythms are textured and the beats are hard driving. The band uses this energy to create a rapport between the audience and themselves that is rarely seen in today’s world of manufactured rock. The Motet consecrates the floor on which dance music meets freeform improvisation.

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Eleven Eyes has become a musical institution throughout the West Coast. A brand new lineup which includes Merlin Showalter (drums) and Dorian Crow (upright bass) has helped move the Eyes in a completely new direction and sound. A heavy focus on groove and dance music from many different genres define their Funkadelic Afrobeat Dub Nu-Jazz sound!

The Eyes have performed at the Oregon Country Fair, Emerg+N+See Music Fest, Summer Meltdown, Reggae on the Mountain Music Festival, Gene Harris Jazz Fest, Eugene Celebration, Jazz at Newport, Bite of Seattle, Fremont Fair, Corvallis Fall Festival and the Salem Art Fair.

Eleven Eyes has gained recognition, winning the 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 Eugene Weekly awards for best jazz band! Eleven Eyes was selected as the runner up in the national 2008 Relix Jam-off competition. They have released two albums, Scope in 2005 and Depth Perception in 2003.

Band leader Tim McLaughlin also heads up the wildly popular Musics Edge Rock Camps for kids that are held at the WOW Hall every summer.

Tickets are $18 in advance, $22 at the door. Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime is 9:00.