Ever-evolving Colorado funk outfit The Motet will welcome a never-before-seen lineup of guest performers during Brooklyn Comes Alive this Sunday, September 26th at The Brooklyn Mirage. The performance will serve as the funk outfit’s final Northeast show of 2021.
Brooklyn Comes Alive has always maintained a collaborative spirit, and this year’s performance by The Motet will continue that beloved tradition with special guest appearances by members of Lettuce, Turkuaz, and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong.
The current iteration of The Motet—a band whose history stretches over two decades and various band lineups—is a potent five-piece comprised of drummer/founder Dave Watts, keyboardist Joey Porter, guitarist Ryan Jalbert, bassist Garrett Sayers, and saxophonist Drew Sayers.
At Brooklyn Comes Alive, the band will be rounded out by Grammy-nominated Lettuce trumpeter Eric “Benny” Bloom, powerhouse Turkuaz vocalist Shira Elias, and fast-fingered Pigeons Playing Ping Pong guitarist Jeremy Schon.
This special configuration will be a first for The Motet. While Bloom and Elias have performed with the group and its various members on multiple occasions over the years, this will mark Schon’s first time performing with beloved funk squad.
While this will mark the first-ever official Brooklyn Comes Alive performance by The Motet, the band’s members have been part of the fabric of the unique festival since its inception in 2015. Keyboardist Joey Porter, for example, used Brooklyn Comes Alive 2018 to launch a Steely Dan tribute that has since become a late-night staple in New Orleans during Jazz Fest. Bloom and Elias, two of the set’s three guests, have also forged storied BCA resumes of their own.
The Motet and their talented friends join a full-day Brooklyn Comes Alive 2021 featuring a two-set show by The Disco Biscuits as well as the first-ever live show by the avant-garde jazz trio of Joe Russo, John Medeski, and Dave Harrington; an electro-soul dance party with a unique Break Science Live Band lineup featuring drummer Adam Deitch and keyboardist/producer Borahm Lee alongside turntablist Chris Karns, bassist Hunter Roberts, and Bloom on trumpet; and a performance and setbreak DJ sets by NYC native Karina Rykman.
The party goes down this Sunday, September 26th at The Brooklyn Mirage, a sprawling oasis in the heart of the industrial East Williamsburg neighborhood. The courtyard venue is an entirely immersive space, encircled by towering walls lined with evergreen plants and equipped for other-worldly projections and high-end production elements. A catwalk connects a network of expansive outdoor environments and rises to surround the venue, offering views of the iconic New York City skyline and bustling courtyard below.
Tickets to see The Motet w/s/g Shira Elias (Turkuaz), Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce), and Jeremy Schon (Pigeons Playing Ping Pong) as part of Brooklyn Comes Alive at The Brooklyn Mirage are on sale here.
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