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The Motet / Ozomatli / Fillmore Auditorium / April 20

THE MOTET

OZOMATLI

Soul Rebels Brass Band & DJ Mikey Thunder

Fillmore Auditorium

Saturday, April 20

Live Nation is pleased to present THE MOTET at The Fillmore Auditorium
on Saturday,

April 20. Special guests OZOMATLI, Soul Rebels Brass Band and DJ
Mikey Thunder will open the show. Show time is 8:00 PM. Doors open
at 7:30 PM

2012 brought a new sound to a familiar face in the national music
community. 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. Featuring complex compositions written
and arranged by Watts himself, the music tells a story through
syncopated rhythms and melodies. As music and technology evolve at an
astounding rate, so too has The Motet pioneered their unique sound
while continuing to defy categorization. With 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 6th release, Dig Deep, The Motet once again proves 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. A heavy-horned Afrobeat influence countered with a
textural blanket of Electronica, this album showcases the talents and
strengths of the cast of characters that drummer and producer Dave
Watts has assembled. Keyboardist Joey Porter lays down the funk under
the coursing melodies of saxophonist Dominic Lalli in pure Motet
fashion, with the ever driving beats of Watts’ masterful rhythmic
production pushing the music through sonic peaks and valleys that
tantalize and invigorate listeners. If you’ve loved The Motet for
years or are just tuning in, listen up. You won’t be disappointed.

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 spontaneous and 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 ground on which dance
music meets free-form improvisation.

In their fifteen years together as a band, celebrated Los Angeles
culture-mashers Ozomatli have gone from being hometown heroes to being
named U.S. State Department Cultural Ambassadors. Ozomatli has always
juggled two key identities. They are the voice of their city and they
are citizens of the world. Their music — a notorious
urban-Latino-and-beyond collision of hip hop and salsa, dancehall and
cumbia, samba and funk, merengue and comparsa, East LA R&B and New
Orleans second line, Jamaican ragga and Indian raga— has long followed
a key mantra: it will take you around the world by taking you around
L.A.

Ozo is a product of Los Angeles’ grassroots political scene. Proudly
born as a multi-racial crew in post-uprising 90s Los Angeles, the band
has built a formidable reputation over five full-length studio albums
and a relentless touring schedule for taking party rocking so
seriously that it becomes new school musical activism.

The band had long been a favorite of international audiences-playing
everywhere from Japan to North Africa and Australia-and their music
had always been internationalist in its scope, seamlessly blending and
transforming traditions from Africa, Latin America, Asia and the
Middle East. Ozomatli has spent 15 years working diligently to spread
its message of peace, communication and understanding through music,
with a long standing tradition of performing for children all over the
world, from the schools of North St. Louis to the orphanages of
Southeast Asia.

TICKETS GO ON SALE SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2 @ 10:00 AM

at the Fillmore Auditorium Box Office, online at www.ticketmaster.com
or call 800 – 745 – 3000

Tickets are $27.50 GA ADV and $30.00 GA DOS plus applicable service charges.

The Fillmore box office is open Monday – Friday from 12:00 Noon –
6:00pm & Saturdays from 10:00am – 2:00pm. On days of Fillmore shows,
the box office is open from 12:00 Noon – 9:00pm.

The box office accepts cash, MasterCard, Visa and American Express –
No checks! Service charges may apply.

THE FILLMORE AUDITORIUM IS LOCATED AT 1510 CLARKSON ST. AT COLFAX.

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