Dave Watts, drummer and bandleader of The Motet, has put together a special new collaborative side project dubbed Katharsis. For the project, Watts has tapped keys player Todd Stoops of Electric Beethoven and RAQ, guitarist Marcus Rezak of Stratosphere All-Stars and Digital Tape Machine, and bassist Chuck Jones of Dopapod to join him. We’re super stoked on this new supergroup, which makes it debut this weekend in Denver. As Katharsis, these four lauded musicians in our scene will come together to create funk-rooted, psychedelic jams. Also, for each show, Katharsis will focus on improvisation and innovation, making their shows something you’re not going to want to miss out on.Dave Watts had this to say about how he and his Katharsis bandmates came together for the new project: “I’ve been wanting to start a project with Todd and Marcus for a long time. When I found out that Chuck was moving to Denver, it seemed inevitable that we would put something together. These are three of my favorite guys to hang with, and they all happen to also be absolute monsters on their instruments.” He continued, “Katharsis is the ancient spelling of a word that means the act of releasing a strong emotion through artistic expression. That emotion is the pure joy we feel when get to play together!”Katharsis will make its debut in Denver this weekend with two headlining performances at the recently opened Be On Key Psychedelic Ripple for the three-day May Daze Festival. The supergroup will close out Friday and Saturday night, though the festival will also feature performances by Shakedown Street, Dead Floyd, Artifractal, Milky Dubz, and more. You can get tickets for the event here, and head over to May Daze’s Facebook page or website page for more information on what’s going to be going down this weekend.