Justin Roberts @ Boulder Theater

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Justin Roberts is truly one of the "all-stars" of the indie family music scene. He logs thousands of miles on the road each year, leading some to call him the hardest working man in children's show business. With national awards and recognition and a devoted fan base, Justin and his wonderfully named bandmates "The Not Ready for Naptime Players" dish out unexpectedly intelligent and whimsically rocking music for kids and their parents.

Justin's latest CD, Pop Fly, is filled with 11 high- energy pop hits spanning topics from a dandelion watching ballplayer to a girl's unusual hairstyle in which funky characters of all shapes and sizes take up residence. There are images of permission slips, first days, and grandmother's home cooking. Gently plucked piano strings, vintage synthesizers, tender trombones, pounding drums, and giant electric guitars emerge on this journey through the pop flys and pratfalls of childhood. It's yet another Justin Roberts home run filled with witty lyrics, sing-along choruses and touching insights. It continues a hot streak that started in the early 90s.

Over the years, Justin has put out an impressive string of award winning, critically acclaimed CDs. He has performed in front of millions of people on The Today Show and his song "Get Me Some Glasses" was featured on the World Series broadcast during a feature about ballplayers who wear glasses. He's garnered kudos and raves from national media including The New York Times, Newsweek, People Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and The Chicago Tribune.

Saturday, March 14

Boulder Theater
2032 14th Street
Boulder, CO 80302

BoomBox Comes Back To Boulder

It was another typical Saturday night in Boulder, Colorado.  University Hill was crawling with weekend revelers, frat boys wearing their hats like idiots, freshmen trolling for house parties where no one checks ID, and throngs of music fans smoking cigarettes and talking it up outside the Fox Theatre.  The crowd outside the Fox was a pretty good cross-section of Boulder society - a mix of tie-dye, glow sticks and designer jeans.  Inside the

Squirrel Nut Zippers @ Boulder Theater

photos by Joshua J. Smelser- for the Grateful Web

The band that brought the world Perennial Favorites, Hot, Bedlam Ballroom, and The Inevitable are on the road together again. Featuring original and founding members Katherine Whalen, Jimbo Mathus, Chris Phillips, Je Widenhouse and Stuart Cole - the Squirrel Nut Zippers perform selections from the entire catalog, plus new songs and the occasional cover. In addition most shows include a video performance of the amazing Ghost of Stephen Foster cartoon, created by their friends at The Simpsons.

The band still rejoices at the difficulty people have in pigeonholing their unmistakable sound. A rich, hybrid-stew of Southern roots traditions, the Zippers were aptly tagged "30s punk" by one critic. They have always flirted with a muse most concerned with ghosts, fever-dreams, love gone wrong and characters that seemed to have been torn from the pages of a long forgotten novel. Centered around the beguiling vocals of Katherine Whalen and the anachronistic windup toy that is Jimbo Mathus, the Zippers promise to both charm and confound.

Since 2001, the members have kept themselves more than busy. Katherine Whalen has released several solo albums, including the critical favorite Dirty Little Secret. Jimbo Mathus has released several solo records, worked as musical director for legendary blues musician and Grammy winner Buddy Guy, and operated a recording studio outside of Memphis. Chris Phillips spent time playing with the Dickies and was the composer for the Comedy Central television show Lil' Bush. Je Widenhouse performs throughout the country with his Dixieland jazz group The Firecracker Jazz Band. Not to be outdone, Cole has written "Dancing to Morocco", a travel guide for Northern Africa based on his recent touring in the region with the Amazing Dancer Troupe.

Upcoming Zippers Dates
Dec 5 2008 9:00P
Southpaw w/ The Old Ceremony Brooklyn, New York
Dec 6 2008 8:00P
The State Theatre Ithaca, New York
Dec 7 2008 8:00P
Webster Theatre Hartford, Connecticut
Dec 8 2008 8:00P
Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry, New Hampshire
Dec 9 2008 8:00P
Showcase Live Foxboro, Massachusetts
Dec 17 2008 8:00P
Boulder Theatre Boulder, Colorado
Dec 18 2008 11:00P
Belly Up Aspen Aspen, Colorado
Dec 19 2008 8:00P
Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom Denver, Colorado

George Winston @ Boulder Theater

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George Winston, best known for his melodic rural folk piano style, has made no secret of the debt his playing owes to the musicians of New Orleans. Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions–A Hurricane Relief Benefit was inspired by Winston's desire to support the Gulf Coast after the recent hurricane related devastation. This beautiful and vast region has a mystique all its own and he has been to it many times, from Corpus Christi, to Galveston, to Lake Charles, to New Orleans, to Gulfport/Biloxi/Bay St. Louis, to Mobile, to Pensacola, to Panama City, to the Tampa Bay, to Ft. Myers, to Naples.

Winston cites the pianists of New Orleans as the biggest influences on his own piano playing. He will donate all of his artist royalties from the album to organizations involved in helping those on the Gulf Coast and in New Orleans to rebuild and return – organizations such as Common Ground, ACORN, and others. He has also donated all the proceeds of his September and October 2005 concerts to the same causes. In unity with the artist, RCA Records will be donating the bulk of its net profits to benefit musicians in the New Orleans area.

Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions features six Winston compositions inspired by the Gulf Coast as well as pieces written by or influenced by six of the greatest New Orleans pianists: Henry Butler, James Booker, Professor Longhair, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, and Jon Cleary. "Much of my work on the piano is studying the musical languages of the great New Orleans R&B pianists," Winston says. "Especially Professor Longhair, the founder of the New Orleans R&B piano scene in the late 1940s who inspired so many; James Booker, whose language most influences the way I think of playing; and Henry Butler, who is the pianist I have studied the most since 1985. I'm also indebted to New Orleans pianists Dr. John, Jon Cleary, and the eminent composer/pianist Allen Toussaint.


Boulder Theater
2032 14th Street
Boulder, CO 80302

Upcoming Boulder Theater Shows

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Here is a list up of upcoming Boulder Theater shows.  All shows are on sale unless otherwise noted.

Tues, Oct 21                 AEG Live & 97.3 KBCO present
8:00pm                       JOE JACKSON
                             w/ Gemma Hayes
                             Reserved=$50.00, GA=$40.00 / 21+ - SOLD OUT 

Thur, Oct 23                 Radio 1190 presents
8:30pm                       JOLIE HOLLAND
                             w/ Herman Dune
                             GA / All Ages / $16.00

Fri, Oct 24                  Colorado Daily presents
9:00pm                       ROCKY MOUNTAIN GRATEFUL DEAD REVUE
                             GA / 21+ / $12.00            

Sat, Oct 25                  Live Nation presents
8:00pm                       B.B. KING
                             Gold Circle=$100.00, Reserved Balcony=$84.50, GA=$69.50 / 21+

Sun, Oct 26                  E-TOWN
7:00pm                       w/ Sonny Landreth & Juliana Hatfield
                             GA / All Ages / $15.00
Mon, Oct 27                  TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS
8:00pm                       Gold Circle=$26.00, GA=$17.00, All Ages 

Tues, Oct 28                 Boulder Weekly Film Series & Boulder Adventure Film present
8:00pm                       "ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD"
                             GA / All Ages / $10.00 

Wed, Oct 29                  Boulder Weekly Film Series
8:00pm                       "THE BIG LEBOWSKI"
                             Costume Contest - Prizes for the best Dude, Walter & Jesus
                             GA / 21+ / $8.00          

Thur, Oct 30                 AEG Live presents
8:00pm                       THE FAINT
                             w/ The Show is the Rainbow
                             GA / All Ages / Advance=$20.00, DOS=$23.00

Fri, Oct 31                  97.3 KBCO & The Onion present
9:00pm                       DEVOTCHKA
                             w/ Bela Karoli & Paper Bird
                             GA / 21+ / $32.50 

Sat, Nov 1                   97.3 KBCO & The Onion present
9:00pm                       DEVOTCHKA
                             w/ Dust On The Breakers & Paper Bird
                             GA / All Ages / $32.50

8:30pm                       feat. Michael Kang, Michael Travis, Patrice Blanchard,
                             Joey Porter, Dominic Lalli, Scott Messersmit
                             GA / All Ages / $15.00 

Tues, Nov 4                  Present Tense Films presents
                             GA / 21+ / $8.50

Nov 6-8                      Patagonia presents
                             BOULDER ADVENTURE FILM FESTIVAL
                             Day Pass=$20-$25, Festival Pass=$45.00

Sat, Nov 8                   Live Nation presents
9:00pm                       HENRY ROLLINS
                             GA / All Ages / $26.00

Mon, Nov 10                  "WISHES FOR WASHINGTON"
6:00pm                       ft. Flipcrash & Lunch Money
                             GA / $9.00 / All Ages / Kids under 5 are free

 Nov 11-16                   WARREN MILLER'S "CHILDREN OF WINTER"
                             GA / All Ages / $19.00 / Groups (12+)=$18.00/person 

Mon, Nov 17                  Boulder Weekly Film Series
7:30pm                       "THE DHAMMA BROTHERS"
                             GA / All Ages / $10.00

Thur, Nov 20                 Outback Concerts presents
8:00pm                       OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW
                             GA / All Ages / Advance=$29.50, DOS=$33.00 

Fri, Nov 21                  AEG Live presents
9:00pm                       MASON JENNINGS
                             w/ Zach Gill
                             GA / All Ages / Advance=$22.50, DOS=$25.00 

Sat, Nov 22                  Stride Rite presents
11:00am                      BABY LOVES DISCO
                             GA / All Ages / Walking=$10.00, Non-walkers free 

Sat, Nov 22                  Slipstream Sports presents
7:00pm                       2009 GARMIN-CHIPOTLE presented by H30 Professional Cycling Team
                             GA / All Ages / $25.00

Fri, Nov 28                  QUEMANDO
9:00pm                       GA / 21+ / $10.00 

9:00pm                       GA / 21+ / $10.00 

Sun, Dec 14                  Rocky Mountain Revels present
2:00 & 7:00pm                THE CHRISTMAS REVELS – COLORADO PIONEERS
                             Gold Circle=$31.50, Reserved=$21.00, GA Balcony=$14.75 / All Ages 

Wed, Dec 17                  SQUIRREL NUT ZIPPERS
8:00pm                       w/ guests
                             GA / 21+ / $20.00
                             On Sale October 24

Sat, Dec 20                  Rocky Mountain Revels present
2:00 & 7:00pm                THE CHRISTMAS REVELS – COLORADO PIONEERS
                             Gold Circle=$31.50, Reserved=$21.00, GA Balcony=$14.75 / All Ages                       

Tues, Dec 30                 97.3 KBCO & Boulder Weekly present
9:30pm                       ROSE HILL DRIVE - Performing Led Zeppelin II                                                
                             w/ guests
                             GA / All Ages / Advance=$24.00, DOS=$26.50 

Wed, Dec 31                  97.3 KBCO & Boulder Weekly present
9:30pm                       ROSE HILL DRIVE - Performing Led Zeppelin II
                             w/ guests
                             GA / 21+ / Advance=$30.00, DOS=$32.50 

Sat, Jan 17                  KUVO presents
8:00pm                       BLUE NOTE RECORDS 70th Anniversary Tour
                             ft. Peter Bernstein, Bill Charlap, Ravi Coltrane, Lewis Nash,
                             Nicholas Payton, Peter Washington & Steve Wilson
                             Reserved=$37.50 / GA=$30.00 / All Ages 

Sun, Jan 25                  Daily Camera presents 12th Annual
10:00am                      BOULDER WEDDING SHOWCASE  
                             at Boulder Theater & Rembrandt Yard        
                             GA / All Ages / $7.00

Sat, Feb 7                   The Onion presents
8:00pm                       THE SECOND CITY TOURING COMPANY
                             Reserved=$25.00 / GA=$20.00 / All Ages

Sat, Apr 11                  KUNC presents 
8:00pm                       GEORGE WINSTON      
                             Reserved=$34.50 / GA=$25.00 / All Ages                                            

Sun, Apr 12                  ARLO GUTHRIE'S LOST WORLD TOUR
7:30pm                       Feat. Abe Guthrie & the Burns Sisters
                             Reserved=$34.00 / GA=$25.00 / 21+ 


Pr-O-bama Jam @ Boulder Theater

Kang & Nershi - 10KLF 2007 photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

In this day in age it is imperative that we stand unified as a country and strive to end the political corruption that the US Citizens have endured for the past 8 years. Symbiotic Music Productions (SMP) proudly announce the Pr - bama Jam at the Boulder Theater on Sunday, November 2; just 2 days before the general election.  The Pr - bama Jam features our Nation's finest musicians and key note speakers on a variety of topics that impact our lives.

Symbiotic Music Productions truly believes that the Obama-Biden ticket offers the promise for change the US needs. We at SMP are dedicated to supporting Obama in the upcoming election and are aware of the Colorado "swing state" status. As Coloradoans, we have the ability to influence this election in a way few other states can. We are asking for your support to elect Barack Obama and further our local non-profit foundations ability to impact lives across our nation.

This event will consist of a variety of musical genres and gives unification based organizations the opportunity to reach out to our attendees in a unique, personal way. Barack Obama's Campaign for Change will be on hand to provide education about all aspects of the Obama Administration's political agenda. SMP is donating over half of the ticket price to non-profit foundations based in Colorado. The Conscious Alliance will be featured to support their mission to provide hunger relief throughout our nation. This event will also highlight the organization, Our Future Now and their dedication to promote a healthier planet through the integration of art, science and community.  In addition, the Basics Fund will be a beneficiary of the event; they are dedicated to raising funds to support local musician's heath-care insurance.

If you feel as we feel or are looking for the facts about what an Obama administration embodies. Please join us for a night of unforgettable music, a plethora of positive information about change and fund raising for non-profit organizations.

Musical Performances By: Michael Travis, Michael Kang, Bill Nershi (String Cheese Incident), Joey Porter, Scott Messersmith, Dominic Lalli (Motet), Patrice Blanchard (Panjea), Plus Very Special Guests Appearances TBA!!
Supporting performance by: Dubskin
Key Note Speakers: Iraq War Veteran Lee Gerry, Zero Hero's John Long and a special guest speaker TBA

Sunday; November 2, 2008 at the Boulder Theater- Boulder, Colorado
Doors at 7:30 P.M. / Show at 8:30 P.M. This is an ALL AGES SHOW for $17
Tickets can be purchased at or Box Office: 303-786-7030

Michelle Obama Speaks in Boulder

photos by Sam Holloway- for the Grateful Web

Earlier this afternoon (Editors Note: 10.1.08), several thousand people gathered on Farrand Field at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and it wasn't even to get together and smoke pot (like they do on 4/20).  Today, it was because future First Lady Michelle Obama was coming to speak on behalf of her other half, presidential hopeful Barack Obama.  Gates to the field opened to the public, who was allowed in on a first come, first served basis, at 10 am, with Michelle being due to speak at 11:45.  I got to the field at 11, and it was already starting to fill up, no way could I bustle my way through to the front at this point.  I decided to make a go at the press platforms, but all I had in terms of press creds was my camera and a Grateful Web business card.  But transparency is the name of the game for the Obama campaign, and after I put my name down on a sign-in sheet, they gave me a wristband and let me in.  They're not in the business of turning the press away, any press is good press after all, but I can't help but feel that if it had been a McCain event, I would have been beat up and had my camera taken away, and possibly destroyed.  That's just the feeling I get from Johnny Boy, he doesn't really seem to like anyone anymore, and I'm certain he wouldn't like me.

By now you've probably realize that I'm not a typical member of the so-called Liberal Media, whose definition of fair and balanced has turned into pathetic and cowardly.  I understand why it's necessary to avoid taking sides, people trust the media after all, and when opinion is presented as fact, that's when there is serious trouble.  But is it not also biased when you fail to point out when someone, especially a political candidate, is lying through his or her teeth?  Is in not biased to cover that lie simply by saying that the other side disagrees?  I think so, and I won't do it.  Certainly both candidates are guilty of stretching the truth, but only one candidate is guilty of out and out lying, and that candidate is John McCain.  Doing your homework on the subject is no where near as difficult as it used to be, thanks to the Internet, you just have to make sure your sources are credible.  Skip the McCain and Obama website for fact checking and go to a site like, a non-partisan database that has closely scrutinized both candidates over the last year.  What you will find will astonish you.

But enough about Mr. McCain.  Today was about Barack Obama, and what change really means for this country.  Change is Obama's main talking point, but unlike McCain, who co-opted the term and consistently fails to clarify what he means by it, Barack Obama presents an actual plan for HOW he means to bring about change, and at least in my state, is the only candidate with a television commercial talking about his plan rather than simply badmouthing the other guy.  Obama's got ads like that too, make no mistake, but when there is so much there to badmouth, who can blame him?  And as far as McCain's ability to change Washington Politics, well, as he's said many times, he's been doing it for years, but he must not be very good at it, because Washington politics have been getting worse and more corrupt over the last few decade, and the "change" that McCain and those like him have supposedly been enacting on The Hill has brought us to where we are today: to the verge of economic collapse, and mired in not one, but two seemingly wars.  Maybe McCain should steal a line of Kang and Kodos's political playbook (these are the slimy green aliens on The Simpsons, in case you were wondering): "The politics of failure have failed! Its time to make them work again!"

But seriously, enough about McCain.

Boulder-based band Meniskus opened the ceremonies, entertaining the ever-growing crowd, and probably picking up a few new fans along the way as well.  The political portion of the rally on the University of Colorado began with a brief address by the university's democratic candidate for regent, Joe Neguse, who himself graduated from CU several years ago.  He, like many others who would come after him, stressed the importance of voting, and the youth vote in particular.  Neguse was followed by democratic congressional candidate Jared Polis, who won the congressional primaries in Colorado largely because of the youth vote.  "Change doesn't come from Washington," Polis said, echoing Obama's sentiments almost exactly, "change goes to Washington, and it's our job to send it there!"

smithRod Smith, former Denver Broncos wide receiver, was the next to speak, and next to Michelle's speech, his was the highlight of the rally.  He stressed what an honor and a privilege it is to vote, especially for him, since his ancestors fought and died so that he would have the right.  Smith recounted how in all the years he's been eligible to vote, he never had until the 2004 presidential election.  "I'm ashamed of myself," he said, "but now I know that I don't have any right to complain if I don't vote."  Here here!  "For many of you, this might be your first opportunity to vote in a presidential election," he said, appealing directly to the student population in attendance, which was huge, incidentally (who says young people don't care about the issues?).  "My daughter just turned 18, and she will vote this year, I guarantee it!"  Smith went on to say that he had put off registering to vote this year specifically so he could do so then and there, at the voter registration table set up on the north side of Farrand Field.  "I hope anyone out there who isn't registered will come and join me."  Leave us not forget that the last two presidential elections have been devilishly close, and the youth vote could have made all the difference in those few states that ultimately decided the outcome.

Maggie Fox, the wife of Senatorial candidate Mark Udall, spoke at the rally as well, encouraging people not only to vote for Barack Obama, but also to vote Mark Udall into the U.S. Senate.  "My husband has been working to change Washington since he was elected to congress in 1996," she said, "and was working to pass renewable energy legislation since before it became popular to do so."  The bill she was referring to passed the House when it was introduced, but fell one vote short in the Senate, a mistake that would not be made again, she said, after her husband was elected.

By the time Michelle Obama came on stage, the crowd filled the field, and spilled out in all directions – into the streets and onto the steps of the dormitories that surround the field.  Mothers, fathers, and students of all creeds and colors were in attendance, sporting more varieties of Barack Obama tee shirts (Editor's Note:  Grateful Web Make Love Not War tshirts on sale now!), buttons, and stickers than there are hipsters at an Indie Rock music festival.  Blue signs reading "Change We Can Believe In," filled the air directly above the heads in the crowd, and there were more than a few homemade banners in hand as well.

michelleMichelle is, in my opinion, as good a speaker as her husband, but while Barack's speeches are lofty and filled with rock star energy, hers are based on a deep and emotional connection between herself and the audience, drawing the eye to the similarities between all of us.  Not that a rock star speech is a bad thing, anything that gets the populace excited about being involved in the political process is a good thing in my opinion.  I would much prefer to elect a rock star than a maverick, someone filled with positive energy, hope, and intellectual charisma rather than a fear-mongering John Everyman whose intellect goes no farther than the battlefield.  But maybe that's just me.

Pushing once again the importance of the youth vote, Michelle said it was her goal to register 4100 new voters on the CU campus.  "We're half way there," she said, and reminded everyone that registering to vote is only half the battle, the other half is to actually get out there and vote.  And Michelle Obama gave us every reason to vote, and to vote for Barack Obama.

Connection was the main theme of Michelle's speech, that and change for the better, but that's almost a given by this point in the campaign.  Michelle spoke to the audience as a mother who wants only what's best for her children and all other children too.  She spoke as a wife who knows more about Barack Obama than anyone else in the world, and who believes in his abilities down to her very core.  She spoke as a daughter who knows how bad it can be when a parent, her father, is diagnosed with an incurable disease and is unable to pay the sky-high medical bills, while her mother selflessly shouldered the burden, working all her life to support the children.  She spoke as a student, swimming in a sea of student loans, who was only able to pay them off because her husband happened to write and publish two best-selling books.  Most of all, she spoke as a patriot, someone who believed in her country so much that she was not afraid to criticize those who were ruining it.  She charged that change should be more than just a slogan, and there is only one candidate who has it in him bring it about.

CUAs far as Michelle Obama is concerned, there is only one candidate for president.  To paraphrase: There is only one candidate who knows what it is like to grow up in a single parent home, and to see a loved one survive off food stamps and welfare.  There is only one candidate who knows what it means to be working class.  There is only one candidate who knows what it is like to be over your head in student loan debt, and only one candidate who knows that public service is more rewarding than having your future planned out for you, only one candidate who knows what it's like in the inner cities where families can barely make ends meet.  There is only one candidate who "gets it," and that candidate is Barack Obama.  "Don't we want a president who brings perspective?" Michelle asked the crowd.  Roughly 8000 people screaming an enthusiastic "yes!" greeted her.  By providing the context behind Obama's goals of helping the working class, Michelle was directly tackling one of the biggest criticisms of Barack Obama levied by those who cannot be bothered to get to know him – that he is nothing more than a stuck up elitist.  By showing the people that Barack is more like them than they may have known, she sought to build up the sort of mutual empathy that Barack Obama's campaign thrives upon.  I think she succeeded.

"We can change our future," Michelle Obama said to immense applause, "and perhaps we can change the world!"

Yes we can!

To see more photos from the Obama rally in Boulder, please visit the Gallery, and check out my Flickr page too!

DEVOTCHKA in Boulder for Halloween

DEVOTCHKA - photos by Sam Holloway- for the Grateful Web
The times have finally caught up with acclaimed Denver quartet DeVotchKa. Not long ago when the band unloaded their instruments - a violin, a tuba and an accordion, among others - into a rock club, they were told they must be in the wrong place.
They created music that was Grammy nominated (DeVotchKa created the soundtrack for the indie smash Oscar winning film Little Miss Sunshine) without the benefit of a huge promotion team or runaway budget, instead relying only on their own efforts by self-releasing their records. And they crafted gems of songs by mixing a beautiful blend of Eastern European bohemia, American prairie rock and distinctive indie and called it pop, rather than world, music.
Now, the band is au courant, poised to shine on with their Anti- Records debut A Mad and Faithful Telling. From the cinematic richness of "Transliterator" to the modern pop experiment of "The Clockwise Witness," to the soaring and wrenching "Undone," DeVotchKa have produced a career-defining record and the world is listening.
On Sale Friday, September 19
October 31: GA / 21+ / $32.50
November 1: GA / All Ages / $32.50
Tickets are on sale now at The Boulder Theater Box Office. Call (303) 786-7030 for tickets by phone.  Tickets are also available through our website @

Trace Bundy CD Release @ Boulder Theater

photo by Kimberly Kay- for the Grateful Web

Guitar wizard Trace Bundy celebrates the release of his new Studio CD titled "Missile Bell - Part 2" at Boulder Theater.

Trace Bundy must not only be heard, but seen. Listening is one thing, but seeing the fan-dubbed "Acoustic Ninja" play live, it becomes quite confusing how one man can do that with just two hands and ten fingers - harmonics, right-hand tapping, slapping, percussive, looping, multiple capos, lightning fast picking... you name it. Since Trace hit the road as a full-time touring musician, the exponential growth of his fan base resulted in sold-out shows with standing ovations at venues across the country and around the world (throughout the US and 13 countries). Video clips of his playing have quickly circulated across the globe, with views of over 2,500,000 on YouTube. Don't take our word for it, go to and watch the videos.  After all, Trace Bundy must not only be heard, but seen.

Hot Buttered Rum for Two Nights in Boulder - Oct 10 & 11

HBR @ All Good Fest - photo by Sanjay Suchak- for the Grateful Web

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:

September 07 Rancho Nicasio Nicasio CA
September 13 Mulberry Mountain Music Festival Ozark AR
September 23 Humboldt Brewery Arcata CA
September 24 Stillwater Ashland CA
September 25 Domino Room Bend OR
September 26 Wonder Ballroom Portland OR
September 27 Triple Door Seattle WA Two Shows!
September 28 W.O.W. Hall Eugene OR
October 10-11 Fox Theatre Boulder CO
October 30-31 Las Tortugas at Evergreen Lodge Groveland CA
November 08 8 x 10 Club Baltimore MD
November 20 East Hartford Community Center East Hartford CT
November 21 Lowell Auditorium Lowell MA supporting Dark Star Orchestra
November 22 Electric Factory Philadelphia PA supporting Dark Star Orchestra
November 23 Fairfield Theatre Bridgeport CT supporting Dark Star Orchestra
January 24 Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute Utica NY
February 20-21 Wintergrass Tacoma WA

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.