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Motive a cappella group comes to Ute

Heidi Rice
Citizen Telegram Editor
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A cappella music is a growing trend in Denver and around the country, and now it’s coming to Rifle on Saturday when Motive performs at the New Ute Theatre.

The seven-member a cappella group sold out at the Vaudeville Theatre in Glenwood last November when at least 100 people had to be turned away from the sold-out show, according to the group’s manager, Thomas Breslin, director of marketing and talent management at Sonic Audio in Denver and a New Castle native.

“Due to the sellout we saw and the amount of people we had to turn away, we are bringing the group back to promote the New Ute Theater,” Breslin said.

While the group says they have no specific style, they describe their music as having an overlying theme of grunge, hip-hop, pop and the ’90s.

“We sort of sing whatever we want,” said Aubrie Hamrick, one of the group’s members. “Like Britney Spears’ song ‘Toxic.’ It’s a little rough around the edges, and we put our own touch on it.”

And a cappella is catching around all over.

“People are really loving a cappella music,” Hamrick said. “They’re curious when they see seven people, and they don’t know what to expect.”

The group members come from all over the country, but they are currently based in Denver and play in Denver clubs as well as Boulder and Colorado Springs.

Their backgrounds are also diverse. Some are professionally trained and some simply possess raw talent. But they all have a love of music.

Each of the group members auditioned when Breslin and Sonic Audio founder Tony Huerta decided to start a group and held auditions two years ago.

“I interviewed 70 people and picked seven,” Breslin said.

Some members left, but the group now has been together for nine months.

They chose the name “Motive” to reflect their music and the way they think.

“Motive means different things to all of us,” Hamrick said. “It had to be complex and tell people who we are. What’s cool about a lot of our arrangements is called a “motive” in music. It’s repeated throughout a song and a motive is established. And as we’ve grown, we’ve found our motive musically in the way we think.”

The group picks all their songs and does all their own arrangements.

“What I really wanted were musicians that were seasoned enough to create their own identity,” Breslin said. “I book them, manage them, get them paid and get them hired. But they handle all of their own music, all aspects of it. They really kick on grunge-based adaptions of any genre of music from Marvin Gaye to Nirvana.”

Hamrick said the group is eager to come to the New Ute Theatre, which has seating for 325. The performance will also be taped live by a professional production company.

“We’re really excited about it,” Hamrick said.


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