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Deitch, Porter and Sayers Turn Ophelia’s into a Funk Oasis | July 27th, 2016 [Show Review]

 When three talented musicians decide to join forces it’s sure to be massive, even if it’s only for one night. That’s exactly what Denver was treated to on last week’s hump-day, July 27th, as Adam Deitch, Joey Porter and Garrett Sayers came together to create a melting pot of pure funkery. The intimate and sensual space that Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox embodies was a smooth fit for the mega trio to collaborate in, and it wasn’t long after doors opened that both of the historic brothel-turned-venue’s floors were filled with grooving bodies.

 Blasting off at 9:30 sharp, the soulful vibe was alive and thriving all night long as the lustrous and warm lighting coated the entire space in deep purples that matched with the funky notes whimsically floating out of each artist’s perspective music maker. Pulling out handfuls of Herbie Hancock and Marvin Gaye covers, we were pleasantly pleased to receive two jam packed sets late into the night. Definite highlights included a powerful Wayne Shorter cover of ‘Oriental Folk Song’, some beautiful live renditions from DJ Shadow, and Bell Biv Davoe’s ‘Poison’. 

The musical delicacies continued to pile on as Motet power members trumpet player Gabriel Mervine and saxophonist Drew Sayers joined the party onstage as well. This was just another Wednesday night in the Mile High, and with so many talented musicians making the move to Denver, we are definitely looking forward to more collaborations of this nature!



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