Roosevelt Collier's Colorado Get Down feat. Roosevelt Collier (Lee Boys), Andy Thorn (Leftover Salmon), Joey Porter (Juno What, The Motet), Garrett Sayers (GS3, The Motet) and Dave Watts (The Motet) w/ Garrett Sayers Trio

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Roosevelt Collier's Colorado Get Down feat. Roosevelt Collier (Lee Boys), Andy Thorn (Leftover Salmon), Joey Porter (Juno What, The Motet), Garrett Sayers (GS3, The Motet) and Dave Watts (The Motet) w/ Garrett Sayers Trio

Fri, May 16, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$15 Day Of Show

Tickets at the Door

This event is 16 and over

Roosevelt Collier
Roosevelt Collier
“This record is a record about me,” says Roosevelt Collier. “It’s telling a story of who I am, where I’m from, and where I’m going.”

A transcendent talent on pedal and lap steel guitars — and so proficient, he’s affectionately known as “The Dr.” — Collier’s debut album Exit 16 on GroundUP Music is a potent mix of blues, gospel, rock and, in his words, “dirty funk swampy grime,” as overseen by producer and bandmate Michael League (from the Grammy-winning Snarky Puppy).

It’s also a brilliant reflection of Collier’s life. All of it. Brought up in the House of God Church in Perrine, FL, Collier built his “sacred steel” guitar prowess alongside his uncles and cousins in The Lee Boys, known for their spirited, soul-shaking live performances. On his own, Collier’s become a sought-after talent both on record and on stage, performing alongside musical luminaries in the fields of rock, blues and pop, including the Allman Brothers, The String Cheese Incident, Buddy Guy, Umphrey's McGee, Los Lobos, Robert Randolph, the Tedeschi-Trucks Band, and the Del McCoury Band, among countless others.

“Roosevelt channels something spiritual,” says League, who was instrumental in getting Collier to (finally) craft his own album after decades in the music scene.

“He’s a reason I’m talking about this now,” says Collier. “I’ve had offers to make my own music before. But when Mike came along, it just felt right.”

Exit 16 was recorded over three days of marathon sessions by League and a bevy of talented sidemen, including JT Thomas on drums and Bobby Sparks on organ. “You gotta be able to trust your bandmates, and Mike knew the right guys and knows what I’m about,” says Collier. “This could have been a star-studded thing. But that would have overshadowed what we wanted to do here.”

And what Collier wanted to do was encapsulate all of influences and experiences. “I’m rooted in a lot of genres, so I’ve never really had a focus or to buckle down,” he says, laughing. So on Exit 16 you’ll find an infectious track like “Happy Feet” sitting happily nearby “Spike,” wherein Collier shreds with the spirit of Hendrix. “I actually think a song like ‘Spike’ is about my future,” says the guitarist. “My goal there was to see how we can expand this guitar, this steel.” And, reflecting on his early days, “Sun Up Sun Down” and “Supernatural” feel like joyous, spiritual workouts.

And then there’s the title track, which Collier refers to as “dump truck funk.” Says the musician: “That’s the old do-not-enter gate type of funk — it’s dangerous! Beware of dogs out there.”

Hopefully, you’ll get a chance to see Collier on tour later this year for Exit 16 — if he’s not too busy going with the music ensemble Bokanté or his own Roosevelt Collier Trio Tribute to Hendrix. You can actually look at those two groups and envision Collier’s future: It was the guitarist’s work with Bokanté, an international music ensemble also featuring Michael League, that won Collier early acclaim in Europe (along with an international agent). Seems much like Hendrix, the recognition of Collier’s musical mastery got an early start across the Atlantic.

But Collier’s certainly excited to play his new music live, in any shape or form. “If I can snatch Mike for a tour for this album — well, if Mike can, he will,” says Collier, laughing. “But I’d also be excited to get some of my hometown, South Florida guys to do this with me. It’s my first record, so it’s a big thing there. I mean, it’s why I call this Exit 16 — that’s literally where I’m from, off the turnpike.”

If you do see him live, be prepared for some serious energy on stage — even from Collier’s seated position. As the Miami New Times noted about a recent gig: “The pedal steel guitar can be the basis for some dirty, down-home blues ... even from the seated position, Collier still sweats enough to make a CrossFit instructor proud.”

In the end, Exit 16 might serve as a beautiful summation of Collier’s life. But the guitarist thinks his album — and all of his music — also serves a higher purpose.

“My mission is touch and heal people through music,” he says. “That’s always been my mission, whether it’s in the church or in a club. I think people feel better about themselves after I play. That’s powerful, my man! I’ve been blessed to have that going for me. That’s my gift.”
Joey Porter's Vital Organ
Joey Porter's Vital Organ
Joey Porter (Juno What?!, Motet), Garrett Sayers (Motet), Dan Schwindt (Kyle Hollingsworth Band), Daren Hahn (John Common) play funky soulful jazz!!
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”.
Garrett Sayers Trio
Garrett Sayers Trio
GS3 (Garrett Sayers Trio) is an instrumental trio that blends Hip Hop, R&B, Funk and Indie genre’s through original and cover compositions with an improvisational approach. Lead by bass extraordinaire Garrett Sayers, who already has an impressive professional career in recording, performing and touring with artists such as The Motet, Dwele, Kyle Hollingsworth Band and many others. Garrett received
a feature article in Bass player magazine in 2006.

The trio originated in the fall of 2011 in Denver, CO with a weekly residency. Armed with the brilliance of keyboardist / composer, Patrick Lee, the incredible global feel of drummer, Jonny “Jyemo” George and of course bass master, Garrett Sayers, this is a powerhouse trio to be reckoned with. Throughout the residency in Denver, word spread fast and instantly saw a buzz creating a growing fan base from these live shows and an onslaught of live recordings. Calls started coming in for music festivals and live appearances – thus the trio was ignited. Currently in the studio, GS3 is looking forward to their debut release and aims to hit 2013 with full momentum.
Venue Information:
Cervantes' Other Side
2637 Welton St.,
Denver, CO, 80205
http://www.cervantesmasterpiece.com/