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Funk Moved the Gilded Iguana

By Adam Dietrich

The Gilded Iguana hosted a special edition of their Tuesday music night on March 20. The Motet, a funk inspired octet from Boulder Colorado performed to a packed audience of about 250 people. The show had people on their feet dancing and grooving in the bar and on the lawn and drew a diverse crowd as well. The show itself was almost an accident, and happened because the band happened to be playing at a wedding in Nosara. The day after their first show outside the United States, the Voice of Nosara sat down with Dave Watts, The Motet’s drummer and founder, to talk about the show, Nosara and their experiences.

So this is your first show outside the United States right?


Do you see yourselves out more? Do you have any kind of international following?

I don’t know, that’s a good question; do we even have much of a following? We’re just trying to take things as they come and not worry about things that are out of our control, like this thing just sort of fell into our laps.

You guys have been playing together for about 10 years now?

More like 12, but we’ve had changeovers and new players.

Have you done anything in Nosara? How long have you been here?

We flew into San Jose on Friday morning (March 16th) and actually Mike the groom took us out rafting on the Balsa river in the Balsa canyon. It was really beautiful.

Percussionist Scott Messersmith, who also performs vocals, sings during a
performance at the Gilded Iguana on March 20
The Motet drew a crowd of about 250 people to the Gilded Iguana, all the seats
were full, so people stood or danced.
Saxophonist Dominic Lalli performs with The Motet at the The Gilded Iguana on
March 20.

What about Nosara what are your impressions of the town?

What can I say? I love it.

Have you mostly been in the Guiones area?

Yeah, I like Guiones, I like the hotel, it’s a nice little beach town, it’s got all the little shops you might want, there’s cool little resorts, people have invested money obviously in here

How was the show Tuesday night comparatively?

It was good! People seemed to be digging it, we always have a crowd dancing cause we play music you want to dance too. But the only thing is by the time we had to go off stage we were just getting into our grove, we’re used to starting at 10 not finishing then.

But you guys played a pretty long set?

Yeah it was good; we got to play a lot of music.

And the vibe? Was it what you were expecting?

I’m not sure we really had expectations; this thing at the Gilded Iguana just sort of happened spontaneously, we weren’t sure if there were people who’d like it. And I also get the feeling that we were a bit of a departure from what they normally have here on a Tuesday or Friday.

Are you going to have time to tour around much before you leave?

No I don’t think so, we’ve sorta been busy every night and today just need to relax, then tomorrow is the wedding then Friday we wake up early drive all day to the airport, then we have a gig in Denver on Saturday.


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Aries: Financial productivity is likely; this is the perfect time to tackle any project that you have been putting off. Disruptions and delays could be par for the course. Dot your I’s and cross your T’s to insure that everything comes off without a hitch. Use this time to review any plans for the future.

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