July 29, 2005 in Seven

Flowmotion lets music speak for itself

By The Spokesman-Review
 

A band’s ultimate mission is to move the crowd, more so than having a spectacular stage show with synchronized lights shining down on expensive digitoys being played by sexy-as-you-wish- you-were musicians.

The five funkateers of Flowmotion have the dazzling lights and the nice equipment and they’re not ugly, but it’s their music that has earned them a stellar reputation around the Northwest for inciting frenzies on the dance floor.

Flowmotion, which hails from Seattle, is heavy on band members from Spokane. Led by founding guitarist-singer- percussionist Josh Clauson, the rest of Flowmotion – bassist Sabu Miyata, guitarist Zack Stewart, drummer Scott Goodwin and percussionist Bob Rees – is remnants from former Spokane jazz-funk jam-band The Bee Craft (formerly Momma’s Dogma).

Flowmotion has been on a tear this summer with a new album, “Is That Right,” and a number of gigs, including a support set with Michael Franti and Spreahead in Alaska and sets at the prestigious High Sierra Would Music Festival in Quincy, Calif.

For fans of Bee Craft, Flowmotion takes the same jazzy sophistication and cuts it with more accessible entry points based on funk, Latin and rock styles.

Grab your groovy shoes and get down with Flowmotion tonight at 9 at The Blvd., 333 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Cover to be announced.

Devlishly Departed

Head to Rock Coffee, 920 W. First Ave., and have a beer while you check out The Dearly Departed.

That’s right, the coffee shop in the Big Easy mall is set to offer brews in time for the anticipated appearance by local cult-favorite The Dearly Departed.

The Dearly Departed is playing an extra-long two-hour set that promises to “take folks on a nice, slow walk through hell.”

The lake of fire starts boiling tonight at 8. The show is free, except for the small fee of your soul. Bring your ID if you want beer.

Club hoppin’

• Nationally revered electric blues guitarist Wolf Mail makes a stop tonight at The B-Side, 230 W. Riverside Ave.

The Canadian-born scorcher has been described as the missing link between Jimi Hendix and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Laffin Bones and Longnecks open the show at 9:30 p.m. There is a $5 cover.

• Get freaky on Saturday night at Mootsy’s, 406 W. Sprague Ave., with another Cornpockets production featuring Foxxy Moron and the Sexxy Revolution. Showtime is 10 p.m. Cover to be announced.

• Local pop-punk band Derby plays a free acoustic set on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Rock Coffee. The band will be giving away tickets for its upcoming show at the Big Easy.

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