The future of funk is clear on The Motet’s new self-released studio album, Totem, which hits streets July 8, 2016. The 12 tracks on Totem, all originals, cover a lot of ground stylistically while never losing sight of the groove. Produced by Lettuce and Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno, Totem was written collectively by the seven members of the band. Each song is steeped in The Motet’s signature style that slaps you in the face with sounds that are fresh and unique.
DLO (Divine Liberation Orchestra)
We’re putting together an amazing all-star cast of musicians including Lebowitz, Adams, Brogan from ALO with special guests Jason Crosby and Lesley Grant to make up this year’s Divine Liberation Orchestra!
Conceived by four friends on the sandy shores of California, Soul Majestic channels their sunny beach days and bonfire nights into their unique brand of reggae music. But look beyond their laid back vibe, and you’ll find they are ever pushing the boundaries of the genre with an edge that cuts through the smoky haze. Their music blends their deep commitment to roots reggae with their love of rock, hip-hop, pop and folk music. This is reggae, yet it’s original–a new twist on familiar sounds–with conscious, heartfelt messages, and a high-performance band that will have you waiting for what comes next. Their signature vocal sound features male and female singers trading melodies and soaring harmonies, laced with edgy, crowd hyping dancehall verses and memorable hooks. Epic lead guitar solos wail over a wide range of tight danceable beats, rock flourishes, and heavy-dub interludes that will captivate and move you to dance.
Born in the high deserts of Mexico’s Baja California, this hard-hitting, jazz-rooted, psychedelic improvisational trio lays down the grooves to get you moving. These three classically trained, jazz rooted musicians are constantly on the search for the unknown, comfortably fitting psychedelic grooves into jazzy pockets of sonic bliss. The freedom to expand beyond the roles each member assumes in their main project, offers another side of these musicians. and the peaks are high and long. Dan’s outrageous solos on his acoustic guitar, Garrett’s relentless and melodic interactions on the electric bass, and Dave’s finesse on the drums combine for something powerful..
No Simple Highway
We are a Santa Barbara, CA band whose goal is to pay tribute to the “omnipotent Grateful Dead” in the form of lively recreations of their timeless music. After years of playing together at countless parties and campfires, we decided to tighten up our act and bring it to the stage in early 2014. We know we are but one of many Grateful Dead cover and tribute acts. We try to set ourselves apart by bringing a fresh energy to the beloved repertoire, from jumpy cowboy ballads to deep-space jams and everything in between.
Shaky Feelin is a rising powerhouse quintet based in Ventura, CA. A high energy band mixing the elements of rock, reggae, bluegrass, funky and live experimentation.
TV Broken 3rd Eye Open
TV Broken 3rd Eye Open is an eclectic and versatile seven piece band that fuses together a multitude of musical styles from across the world into a psychedelic explosion of sound. Equipped with didgeridoos, saxophones, sitars, guitars, world percussion, drums, bass, flutes, harmonicas, banjos, and the kitchen sink; it is a musical ensemble like no other. The band draws inspiration from a myriad of musical genres such as afro funk, jazz, psychedelic groove, Indian, folk, blues, and even spaghetti western circus cabaret. Though the band’s sound is unique in it’s own right, the TV Broken 3rd Eye Open experience also has a significant visual component. Every show involves a custom designed, state of the art, TV totem 3D projection mapping stage. The stage is composed of four 15 foot tall totem poles of broken TVs and a giant thrid eye. Stunning visuals of sacred geometry and psychedelic imagery are then projected on to the stage to combine with the music to make for a truly unique experience.
Grooving and playing with so many different styles and sound textures has allowed the band to continuously grow from a style perspective. Just as their music has grown, so too has their festival presence. Having played at festivals such as Burning Man, Indigo Vortex, Serenity Gathering, Lucidity, and Lightining in a Bottle; TV Broken 3rd Eye Open’s exposure is on the rise. The band’s recent collaboration with visual prodigy Jordan Leonard a.k.a “Pickles” has certainly solidified TV Broken 3rd Eye Open’s status as a must see band on any festival line-up. In addition, members of the band can facilitate workshops, lectures, and classes of different kinds to enrich any festival experience. For example, one of the members is a certified and licensed sound therapist who can provide personal/group healings, workshops, meditations and interactive experiences involving sound healing. TV Broken 3rd Eye Open’s current line-up consists of Adrian Johnson (global instrument specialist), Nathan Harvey (drums), Jasym Ellis (guitar, synth), Travis Soto (Bass), Alaska (Saxophone), George Liebel (Percussion), and Avi Davis (visuals).
When Chum played their first live date in December of 2010 on a rainy Tuesday night in North Beach, nobody in the band knew what to expect. Phish fans are notoriously difficult to please, Phish music is notoriously difficult to play and with the real band firmly back in touring mode, there were questions about whether people would come out to see anything but the actual band. As longtime Phish fans, Eric Schiff (guitar), Alex Bowman (drums), John Greene (keys) and Chad Weiner (bass) knew that they would be excited to see a band playing Phish music at intimate venues and so they bet that there was a sizeable group of fans just like them.
To judge from that first show and subsequent shows around San Francisco, it’s clear they were right. What started as three guys getting together just to see if they could ever make “Stash” sound anything like it ought to has turned into the Bay Area’s only Phish Tribute Band. Even if there weren’t a crowd around, Chum (a name the band chose to reflect their humble approach to its mission), would still be playing every week in their studio, debating intricate parts, fine-tuning tone, and sweating out improvisational exercises in order to better understand how their musical heroes do what they do so well.
Hop Sauce is a concoction of instrumental groove, funk and jazz, balancing improvisation with composition and a knack for fun, tasty jams. The core trio (Jeff Cleland on bass, Chris Gamper on drums and Jono Kornfeld on guitar) has a rich history of playing together going back nearly 30 years..
Ventucky String Band
Formed in 2010, this highly skilled multi-instrumental string-band features Matt Sayles, Dave White, and Rick Clemens blending three part harmonies and original songwriting into a sound that harkens back to the golden age of country music, and the roots of the country and western sound of the 1930’s, 1940’s and 50’s.
Members of the Band have toured internationally, and have enjoyed appearances on the Wheeling West Virginia Jamboree (WWVA), as well as performances with Bluegrass, Country, Western Swing & Cajun legends like Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam, Asleep at the Wheel, Larry Sparks, Doyle Lawson, the Bellamy Brothers, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys and Hot Club of Cowtown.
Art of Funk
Haling from Central California, the group was originally formed as a quartet back in 2014 under the name Soul Pepper and added a horn and second guitar in 2017 to complete their transformation to Art of Funk. The band features Tracey Larvenz (keys), Chris Mobley (guitars), Chris Marr (skins), John “Johno” Dunn (bass), John Soldo (reeds), and Mark “Ernie” Kram (guitars). Together they form musical textures that make you want to shake and weave. Influences include The Meters, Crusaders, Soulive, and Greyboy Allstars.
We are MAMA TUMBA. Steeped in African and Latin based rhythms we combine old world indigenous rhythms, songs, chants and dance with new world instrumentation and arrangements that stimulate the spontaneous movement of your body, soul and spirit. In other words these grooves make you want to dance, shake, groove and move. That is our goal and our mission, to create such deliciously groovy sounds that its not a choice but an imperative to get your groove on and enjoy yourself while listening.
Pete Muller & Friends
Pete Muller is a singer, songwriter, and pianist whose music echoes that of songwriters who have inspired him, such as Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin, and Elvis Costello. Trained early in jazz improvisation, Muller also spent part of his time fulfilling his musical passion by busking in New York City subways.
Most recently, as a Berklee College of Music Trustee, Muller partnered with the music school and the City of New York to renovate and revitalize the storied Power Station Recording Studios in New York. With an emphasis on “reinventing” music education for school-age children, teacher training, and providing internships to current Berklee students, Muller’s vision is to give back to the musical community. The goal is to create an environment where evolving musicians are allowed to reach their creative potential.
Muller is prepping for his fourth album release this Fall and continues to perform throughout the year with his touring group of musicians known as “Pete Muller and Friends.” Some recent appearances include both the New Orleans and Montreux Jazz Festivals and now Muller is gearing up for his upcoming debut appearance on the main stage at this year’s Telluride Jazz Festival.
John “Whooli” Whoolilurie
Saxophonist, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist John “Whooli” Whoolilurie brings his big love and big ears to Divine Fall 2018. Working and playing as Pete Muller’s MD as well as an Artist at Large, Whooli looks forward to hanging, jamming, loving and living.
Late on a Tuesday night circa 2005, SkyPounce found himself alone on a barren dance floor in Bozeman, Montana where he was set to experience ALO’s infamous Rock & Roll Show for One (RRS4-1). That night, a legendary evening of funk infused jams eroded mankind’s fundamental understanding of how music can transform the world… one man at a time. “This last song is for you,” proclaimed lead singer and keyboardist Zach Gill after crushing their lone guest’s entire sense of what one person could feel from the other side of the mics. “Are you kidding, this is unreal, they have ALL been for me,” said the electrified man, who was looking around the empty venue with amazement that it wasn’t filled to capacity. It was then as the final song “Shapeshifter” began to play that a spark ignited within him. He realized that his supple nature had another side, an electric one that was latent inside him, just waiting to Pounce.
Today, SkyPounce is a curator of fine music known to do things a little differently than your ordinary Festival DJ. He looks to his two spirit animals, the Grey Whale, and the Red Fox for inspiration. Steady does it, move with grace, stay in the shadows, and when the quiet lightning of inspiration strikes, go for it and launch!
He showers in the nude and loves to eat food. He’s Guadalajara Joe, not Ravishing Rick Rude. His beats are funky and his rhymes are funny. Who needs money when you’re friends with the Easter Bunny? His dance moves are awesome and he’s never run over a possum. So go check out his set cuz it’s nothing but net!