Dave Watts & Friends ft. Todd Stoops, Garrett Sayers, Kim Dawson, Austin Zaletel, Gabriel Mervine, DJ Williams, Jeff Franca w/ Michelle Sarah Band, Boot Gun

Dave Watts & Friends ft. Todd Stoops, Garrett Sayers, Kim Dawson, Austin Zaletel, Gabriel Mervine, DJ Williams, Jeff Franca w/ Michelle Sarah Band, Boot Gun

Fri, April 12, 2019

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:15 pm

$15 Day of Show

Tickets at the Door

This event is 16 and over

Dave Watts
Dave Watts
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
Deep”.
Todd Stoops
Todd Stoops
Todd Stoops is a keyboardist and composer best known for his eclectic and percussive approach to his instrument. Stoops has been a member of the Vermont quartet RAQ since 2002, as well as the founder and former keyboardist / composer for CT funk outfit Kung Fu, and most recently the San Francisco Bay Area groups Electric Beethoven and Rooster Conspiracy.
Garrett Sayers
Garrett Sayers
Garrett began studying jazz on upright bass and bass
guitar starting at a young age. He gained experience
coming up in the renowned music program of Hall High
School, and the local Hartford, CT jazz scene.
In 1996, Garrett was selected to join the National
Grammy In The Schools Jazz Program, an honor awarded
to only 40 people.

From 1996 - 1999 Garrett attended the New England
Conservatory in Boston where he studied with jazz
greats: Cecil McBee, Bob Moses, and Danilo Perez and
graduated with a Jazz Performance Diploma.
In addition, Garrett was selected for the prestigious
Thelonious Monk School: Jazz at Aspen summer program
in 1997.

Shortly after arriving in Boston Garrett formed the
Miracle Orchestra with fellow music school peers. For
5 years the Miracle Orchestra toured the country
gaining a devoted national fan base, while also
maintaining a solid local following, earning them
accolades such as Boston Magazines Best of Boston
"Best Local Jazz Group". The Miracle Orchestra sold
out numerous shows at their local haunt The House of
Blues in Boston as well as the legendary Wetlands in
New York City. The Miracle Orchestra released two
studio albums: "Coalescence" and "Forks Bends &
Spoons", and a live album: "Live Vol. 1".

Garrett was a founding member of the award-winning
jazz ensemble Dead Cat Bounce led by Matthew Steckler,
who were voted Boston's Best Local Jazz Act at the
2002 Boston Music Awards, and were winner of Boston
Phoenix Best Music Poll 2001 and 2002 also in the
category of Best Local Jazz Act. Garrett performed
with Dead Cat Bounce between 1996 and 2002 and
released two albums with them: "Lucky By Association"
and "Legends of the Nar" (Chonsky).

Between '99 and '01 Garrett performed with Bob Moses'
Mozamba, along with Sam Kininger and Neil Evans
(Soulive) and (DJ) Mr. Rouke. Mozamba performed at
several festivals including an opening set at Phish's
Oswego festival.

In 2002 Garrett joined the Boulder, CO based group The
Motet and toured the country playing over 250 shows
and festivals per year. In 2006 The Motet played in
front of an estimated 10,000 people at Bonnaroo and
shortly there after Bass Player Magazine wrote a
feature profile about Garrett in October, 2006. In
2007 the Motet performed one special gig with
Christian McBride where Garrett and Christian traded
bass lines and solos throughout the night, a career
highlight. Garrett has released two albums with the
Motet: "Music for Life" and "Instrumental Dissent".

In 2006, Garrett had the great honor of subbing for
Kai Eckhardt in his band Garaj Mahal alongside Fareed
Haque, Eric Levy, and Alan Hertz.

After performing several times with keyboard wizard
Kyle Hollingsworth (String Cheese Incident), he asked
Garrett in 2007 to join a new project called Soleside
featuring Speech (Arrested Developement), DJ Logic,
and Chief Excel (Blackalicious).

Since the Fall of 2007 Garrett has been touring the
States, Europe and Japan with Koch recording artist
Dwele.

Garrett has also been featured with: Carl Thomas,
Loulou (Thievery Corporation), Marcus Eaton, Goodbye
Champion, magicgravy, Henry Butler, Russel Batiste
(The Funky Meters), Steve Perkins (Jane's Addiction),
Robert Walter, and Papa Mali.
Kim Dawson
Kim Dawson
It comes as no surprise that Kim Dawson is a highly in-demand vocalist and performer. At age five she began studying classical violin and performed in youth orchestras and countless violin competitions. Kim studied music at Texas Christian University and the University of Northern Colorado, where she earned her degree in Vocal Performance.

Kim’s work is what can only be described as an eclectic mix of R&B neo-soul funk with a love-laced passion for all things jazz. Her musical influences range from Stevie Wonder to Sarah Vaughan to Karen Carpenter. But, there has always been one commonality, one unbreakable thread: soul-driven devotion to singing. She develops sounds that elevate, invigorate and ultimately transport listeners to her musical world. She has performed with music legends and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers such as Bernie Worrell, Ivan Neville, and George Porter, Jr.

Kim has brought her skills to the teaching arena at Kent Denver School, The National Theater Conservatory, and she currently teaches at Swallow Hill Music. Her talent is matched only by her drive to learn, develop and finely hone her craft and she delivers a sound that is rife with her breadth and depth of experiences.
Austin Zaletel
Austin Zaletel
Saxophone, Vocals for Euforquestra
Gabe Mervine
Gabe Mervine
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.
DJ Williams
DJ Williams
Los Angeles based, DJ Williams’ Shots Fired, has been gaining a lot of attention in Southern California and are about to spread the sound to the masses with a new live record this fall. KDTU guitarists leads this all star packed funk & rock ensemble featuring members of KDTU, Dave Matthews Band, Lenny Kravitz, Soulive, Slightly Stoopid, Pimps...
Jeff Franca
Jeff Franca
Drummer for Thievery Corporation
Michelle Sarah Band
Michelle Sarah Band
Michelle Sarah is a powerful singer and songwriter known for her explosive vocals, relentless creative energy, and dynamic blend of soul and funk. Born in Toronto and raised in Guyana and the United States, her musical foundation was forged in the church and is rooted in gospel-an influence that shines through during each of her performances. With her powerful voice and stunning stage presence at the forefront, Michelle Sarah has earned high praise from countless musicians and her ever-growing fan base.

After moving to Colorado in 2017, Michelle has firmly put down her roots in Denver, assembling an all-star band featuring members of Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and John Brown's Body to back her on the road. With her solo project's new lineup, the captivating songstress finds herself supported by guitarist DJ Williams (KDTU), bassist Dan Africano (John Brown's Body), keys player Eric Luba (Analog Sun), and drummer Eric Imbrosciano (Jaden Carlson Band).

Michelle has performed with many of the top acts in the live music scene today, cultivating an enviable list of collaborations with key players in the soul, funk, jam, jazz, and EDM genres. She has previously performed with members of the Grateful Dead, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Meters, Galactic, Pretty Lights, Lettuce, The Motet, Soulive, and many more, and sat in with nationally renowned artists like Parliament-Funkadelic, Warren Haynes, Robert Randolph, and The New Mastersounds. She has also performed with at iconic venues, such as Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheater, and sung at high-profile events including Bonnaroo, New Orleans' Jazz Fest, Jam Cruise, Gathering of the Vibes, Wanee, and others.
Boot Gun
Boot Gun is gritty blues rock with an undertone that brings out a sound reminiscent of timeless 60’s pop songwriting vibes, for a gestalt effect that has to be seen to be believed. The band formed in Denver in 2017 and has performed in a number of the city’s best local clubs. The forward progression of this band is so deeply rooted with intention that shows were booked before their first rehearsal, truly sticking to the motto of “shoot first, ask questions later.”
Venue Information:
Cervantes' Other Side
2637 Welton St.,
Denver, CO, 80205
http://www.cervantesmasterpiece.com/