Hot Rize rises again

Boulder's world famous bluegrass band, Hot Rize, is once again touring after a hiatus of almost 25 years. This is great news to those who appreciate their unique contemporary approach to traditional bluegrass.

The tour begins in Colorado with the following dates:

Wed, Sept 24 - Durango, CO - Ft. Lewis College
Thu, Sept 25 - Aspen, CO - Wheeler Opera House
Fri, Sept 26 - Boulder, CO - Chautauqua Auditorium
Sat, Sept 27 - Denver, CO - Cervantes Ballroom

(Left to right) Pete Wernick, Nick Forster, Tim O'Brien, and Bryan Sutton
(L to R) Pete Wernick, Nick Forster,
Tim O'Brien, and Bryan Sutton
Hot Rize has appeared on national radio and TV shows, and has toured most of the United States, as well as Japan, Europe and Australia. The band's tight musicianship and blended vocals earned them the International Bluegrass Music Association's very first Entertainer of the Year award in 1990. Since then, the band has appeared at a few top festivals (e.g., MerleFest, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Telluride, Bonnaroo, Rockygrass) and select venues.

Along with the original members—Tim O'Brien (lead vocals, fiddle, mandolin); Pete ("Dr. Banjo") Wernick; and Nick Forster ([founder, with his wife, Helen, of eTown] electric bass, harmony vocals, and emcee work)—Bryan Sutton (guitar) has replaced Charles Sawtell (deceased 1999).

The tour coincides with the release of their new album, "When I'm Free," featuring 12 brand new gems. The band will also be featured on Prairie Home Companion on September 20th.

Making their usual cameo appearance with the acclaimed band will be their alter egos, Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers. If you've never seen this motley crew and their kitchy blend of "western music," you're in for a treat.

For tickets to Hot Rize's performance and CD release party on Friday, September 26th at Boulder's historic Chautauqua Auditorium:

Bob Bows


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