The Motet‘s Dave Watts will be celebrating another trip around the sun with a two-night birthday celebration involving many of his musically gifted friends. The 2019 installment of Dave Watts’ Birthday Bash will take place at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom on January 25th and 26th, 2019.
Similar to his last star-studded birthday bash earlier this year, the two nights of music in celebration of the drummer will feature performances by a range of special guests including his Motet bandmates, Dumpstaphunk’s Ian Neville, Thievery Corporation’s Jeff Franca, and many more.
The two upcoming birthday shows were announced on Monday, with tickets to both concerts on sale now on the venue’s website. The lineup for night one (Jan. 25th) includes The Motet’s Garrett Sayers and Lyle Divinsky, TAUK guitarist Matt Jalbert, Matador! Soul Sounds vocalist Kim Dawson, Pretty Fantastics saxophonist Nick Gerlach, former Motet trumpet player Gabe Mervine and True Blue Band singer Tanya Shylock, in addition to Neville and Franca as mentioned above.
The second night of music on January 26th will also feature Watts again sharing the stage with the same lineup as the night prior, with the notable additions of John Brown’s Body bassist Dan Africano and New Orleans’ horn outfit New Breed Brass Band. Additional unannounced special guests will also join in on both nights.
Speaking of birthdays, The Motet celebrated its 20th year in 2018. The band celebrated its two-decade mark in part by launching their inaugural Motet On The Mesa Festival, which took place over the summer in Taos, New Mexico and featured performances by Break Science, SunSquabi, The Suffers, TAUK, Organ Freeman, and Mama Magnolia.
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This past weekend, the band completed a two-night run of shows in their hometown at Denver’s Ogden Theatre, with their next shows scheduled for later this month in the northern midwest. Their next studio album, Death or Devotion, is set to arrive just in time for Watts’ birthday with a scheduled January 25th release date.