A graduate of Berklee College of Music in 1990, Dave
Watts has shared the stage or recorded with such names as
George Porter, Stanley Jordan, Bill Evans, Charlie Hunter,
Steve Kimock, Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Coffin, Kyle
Hollingsworth, Keller Williams, Jeff Pevar, Kai Eckhardt.
In 1998 Watts started The Motet, a progressive funk outfit
with roots in jazz, world, and electronic music. Since that
time, The Motet has toured coast to coast, building a
national performing at such venues as Red Rocks
Amphitheater, The Fillmore West, The Fillmore in Denver,
Freihoffer’s Jazz Festival in Saratoga Springs, and many
other prominent summer music festivals. As a creative
force behind The Motet, Watts produced, engineered,
mixed, recorded, as well as composed most of the material
on the band’s albums, “Instrumental Dissent” and “Dig
Two-time Grammy winning bassist Oteil Burbridge has been in the music business touring and recording for over three decades. His first step into the national spotlight came in 1991 when he became a founding member of the Aquarium Rescue Unit featuring Col. Bruce Hampton, a cult classic that has stood the test of time. That led to his membership in the classic rock group The Allman Brothers Band. Since 1997, his work with the band has earned him two Grammy nominations for best rock instrumental, in 2003 and in 2004. Over the years, Oteil has shared the stage with rock and blues legends such as Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Levon Helm, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Billy Gibbons, Chuck Leavell, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Johnny Winter, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow and Trey Anastasio. In 2012, Oteil received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his 15 year contribution to the Allman Brothers Band as the longest running bassist in the band’s history.
Ivan Neville began absorbing the musical attitude of his father Aaron Neville and uncles Art, Charles and Cyril from birth. Ivan's music honors and extends the Neville Family musical heritage, adding a distinctive new "level of Nevilles" that radiates from his roots and experiences. Ivan first joined the Neville Brothers in his mid-teens, then moved on to become a pivotal member of Keith Richards & The X-pensive Winos, Bonnie Raitt's Band, and The Spin Doctors. His extensive credits include recording and/or performing with The Rolling Stones, Robbie Robertson, Willie Nelson, Angie Stone, Jack Cassady, Gov't Mule, John Mayer, and numerous musical luminaries. Ivan is currently performing with The Neville Brothers in a global tour in support of the album he Co-Produced entitled Walking In The Shadow of Life. Ivan has recently jammed with the likes of The Black Crowes, Widespread Panic, Soulive, Galactic, North Mississippi AllStars, Gov't Mule, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Bob Weir's Ratdog, Funky Meters, The Allman Brothers, Trey Anastasio and Dave Matthews.
Adam "Shmeeans" Smirnoff is a native New Yorker and founding member of the renowned funk outfit Lettuce. Since perfecting his craft at Berklee College of Music in Boston, he has played guitar for the likes of Robert Randolph and the Family Band, The Nigel Hall Band, The GZA, DJ Quik, Lady Gaga, and Break Science.
Dumpstaphunk - Guitar
At a time in music where history and originality never seem to go hand in hand, Gabriel Mervine takes steps every time he picks up his trumpet to bring these two closer together. With a musical upbringing, Gabriel has deeply rooted himself in the traditions of Jazz and Classical music while at the same time contributing to the modern music scene. He wishes to leave no stone unturned and no genre unexplored because in his mind, all music has the power to make the artist who he/she is.
Born in Bridgewater, New Jersey, Gabriel began his professional playing career at the age of thirteen years old. By the time he graduated high school he was already looking at making a career out of playing the trumpet. He then went to the Colorado University at Boulder for Jazz Studies, but after one year decided to dedicate his time to becoming a working trumpet player, which would include continuing his studies privately with people such as Bobby Shew, Roger Ingram, and Greg Gisbert just to name a few. Gabriel quickly gained recognition and began performing with people such as Natalie Cole, Christian McBride, Chie Imaizumi, the Ninth and Lincoln Orchestra, Terence Blanchard, Russell Malone, Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, Steve Lippia, John McNeil, Convergence, Roberta Gambarini, the Motet, and Houston Person while also building a strong freelance career playing everything from Mariachi to Mahler.
Lyle Divinsky, a.k.a. The Sasquatch of Soul, "doesn’t front: he sings soul and R&B, and that’s that. There are no tags or modifiers needed: his music is pure and honest. His focus is so spectacular that his originals sound like instant classics...” (Todd Richard, The Portland Phoenix). Hailing from Portland, ME, Divinsky moved to the delicious apple just over 3 years ago, and has been crooning his way into the hearts and hips of the 5 boroughs since. With a new album on the way featuring some of the baddest musicians in soul behind him, there's no limit to how far this Sasquatch will go. To quote NYC blogger/music aficionado, Sami Promisloff, "Lyle Divinsky is the minister of soul and master of babymaking music for ALL TIME... and scene."
Saxophonist for Turbo Suit.