Two funk-based bands are set to help fans ring in the New Year at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta.
The Motet, from Colorado, is a world-class improvisational funk band that has dedicated more than a decade to the healing powers of funky dance music.
The band has a long-standing tradition of putting on a musical costume each Halloween, playing consistently sold-out shows along the front range of Colorado while performing the music of groups like Earth Wind and Fire, Parliament Funkadelic, Tower of Power, and Jamiroquai. The careful study of these bands has had an undeniable effect on the creative direction of the Motet.
“We realized how effective a great song is on a crowd. Instead of just the energetics we’re used to bringing with improvising, soloing, and extended arrangements, we really decided to focus on tunes, because we understand how powerful a great song is,” bandleader and drummer Dave Watts said in Boulder Weekly.
Opening for the Motet is The Main Squeeze, a band that promises to keep your body moving with their infectious feel-good musical gumbo by blending funk, soul and rock ‘n’ roll. The group’s latest LP, Mind Your Head, was produced by Randy Jackson.
The energetic five-piece found its roots in Bloomington Indiana’s surprisingly vibrant live music scene and they have been leaving audiences “Freshly Squozen” since 2010.
Get tickets to the New Year’s Eve show at Variety Playhouse.
Doors: 8 p.m. / Show: 9 p.m.
Cost: $30 advance, $35 day of show, $99 VIP (includes VIP seating area, 4 drinks, early entry and Motet commemorative item. Must be 21 to purchase.)