Motet in constant motion, just like its fans

Ryan Jalbert  plays guitar for the Motet.
Ryan Jalbert plays guitar for the Motet.

The Motet is like its fans on the dancefloor. It’s always making moves.

It is rotating four vocalists on its winter tour and for Thursday’s show at the Crystal Bay Casino, the singers will be Tanya Shylock and a first-time contributor, Lyle Divinsky.

Joey Porter on the keyboard.
Joey Porter on the keyboard.

Lead singer Jans Ingber retired from the band after a New Year’s Eve show in Colorado.

“The plain truth is that my desire for a balanced life of creating music and being a father, a husband, an outdoorsman, and a conduit of positive change in my community, has outweighed my desire to be a full-time touring musician in an ascending band,” Ingberg stated on the band’s website.

One constant with the Motet is Dave Watts, who founded the band in 1998 in Boulder, Colorado. The core of the band is expected to be the same as it was for its previous Lake Tahoe appearance on Jan. 19, 2015, also in the Crystal Bay Casino’s Crown Room: Joey Porter (keys), Garrett Sayers (bass), Ryan Jalbert (guitar), Gabe Mervine (trumpet) and Matt Pitts (tenor sax).

“The Motet is no stranger to change,” the band members wrote.  “We also know that the magic of music happens because of the sum of its parts – and when we do our thing, we feel the magic.

“We are pumped for this next phase of our journey.  We’re inspired by the music and the love, and know 2016 will be our most epic yet!”

The band has evolved into a nationally acclaimed dance band with a unique take on funk, afrobeat, disco, electronic music and soul.

  • The Motet
    Opener: Sophistafunk
    Red Room after-party: Harry and the Hitmen
    When: 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4
    Where: Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room
    Tickets: $20 in advance or $23 on the day of the show
    Must be: 21 or older

    Sophistafunk opens for the Motet at Crystal Bay.
    Sophistafunk opens for the Motet at Crystal Bay.

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