Hot Buttered Rum in Eugene & Portland - Mar 19 & 20
In the Fall of 2006, itching to release their first live album, Hot Buttered Rum announced that it would be recording a handful of shows for official release. Live in the Northeast (released May 2007) beautifully reveals the true core of live Butter: music that is forceful without being flashy, serious without being stuffy, intricate without being inaccessible, and diverse without being distracting. The performances were professionally multi-tracked and later carefully mixed by Butter's long-time sound engineer, Josh Osmond. The result is striking, presenting the unique energy and improvisational spirit of a Hot Buttered Rum live performance in studio-quality sound.
Often described as a rock band playing bluegrass instruments, no prior Butter recording has so perfectly displayed the band's bolder and heavier side. Their full sound permeates Live in the Northeast - from the reggae-tinged "Return Someday" and psychedelica of "Desert Rat" through definitive covers of the Grateful Dead's "Cumberland Blues" and Leo Sayer's "Feel Like Dancin'" - winding the listener through a robust and intense set of acoustic rock.
Hailing from the San Francisco Bay area, the guys of Hot Buttered Rum grew up on the trails, in the mountains, and on the slopes. Their ties with nature have only grown and as a group, the band has dedicated much time and energy to reducing their carbon footprint and promoting alternative fuel sources. As a heavily touring band, Hot Buttered Rum had to face the tough reality of how a national tour can affect the environment and counter it with a positive change. In response, the band helped to promote the biofuel renaissance, touring the country on recycled vegetable oil and biodiesel as early as 2003. Band members have participated in numerous Renewable Energy and Biofuel conferences, as well as sitting on discussion panels at such renowned music festivals as Bonnaroo and High Sierra. Highlighted in the November/December 2005 issue of E: Environmental Magazine, Hot Buttered Rum is commended for trying to "leave an impact on its fans, and not solely on the road that passes beneath its bus tires as it travels from coast to coast". For more information on Hot Buttered Rum and their greening efforts, visit the band's website.
The band's current list of confirmed tour dates is as follows:
February 11 Roxy's Los Angeles CA
February 12-13 Winston's Beach Club San Diego CA
February 14 SOhO Santa Barbara CA
February 20-21 Wintergrass Tacoma WA
March 19 McDonald Theatre Eugene OR co-bill with Everyone Orchestra featuring Michael Kang
March 20 Wonder Ballroom Portland OR
March 21 Crocodile Cafe Seattle WA co-bill with Everyone Orchestra featuring Michael Kang
March 26 El Rey Theater Chico CA
March 27 Marilyn's On K Sacramento CA
March 28 Crystal Bay Club and Casino Crystal Bay NV co-bill with Blue Turtle Seduction
April 03 Papa Charlie's Saloon & Grill Lutsen MN
April 08 Belly Up Aspen CO co-bill with the Travelin' McCourys
April 09 Boulder Theater Boulder CO co-bill with the Travelin' McCourys
April 10 Aggie Theater Fort Collins CO co-bill with the Travelin' McCourys
April 11 Ogden Theatre Denver CO co-bill with the Travelin' McCourys
July 04 Marin County Fair San Rafael CA
More dates to be announced.
The widespread appeal of Hot Buttered Rum's music stems not only from the band's musical versatility and prolific songwriting, but also from the magnetic chemistry the group creates onstage together. It is this chemistry that is propelling the band to ever greater success. The band has performed at festivals as diverse as the Newport Folk Festival, Bonnaroo, Grey Fox, High Sierra and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and has shared the stage with such artists as Phil Lesh, Bela Fleck, Ben Harper, Chris Thile, Mike Marshall and Peter Rowan, the last two of whom worked with the band on its critically-acclaimed studio release, Well-Oiled Machine.