Planet Bluegrass Presents
HOT RIZE & FRIENDS 2ND ANNUAL 40TH ANNIVERSARY BASH - TWO NIGHTS
Michael Cleveland, Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers
Fri Jan 18
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
This event is all ages
Ages 15+ without a parent
All tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable following purchase
Listed price does not include tax and service charge
Price is the same online, over the phone, or in Box Office
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In 1978, when Pete Wernick, Tim O’Brien, Nick Forster and Charles Sawtelle came together as a band, their chemistry soon generated an exciting and soulful new style of bluegrass, showcasing their formidable talents as instrumentalists, songwriters, and innovators. Grounded in the bluegrass traditions of artists like Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, and the Stanley Brothers, their musical tastes embraced other American roots pathways as well. Honing their sound in Colorado bars and small concerts, they were soon appearing on Prairie Home Companion, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, the Grand Ole Opry, and European tours. The world was ready for Hot Rize -- and forty years later Hot Rize has left its unmistakable mark.
Their original songs are part of the bluegrass canon, their showmanship earned them the first-ever Entertainer of the Year award from the IBMA, and their “partnership” with Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers is … nearly indescribable. There is no other band like Hot Rize, and the Colorado bands that followed in their wake all cite them as a major influence.
Following Charles Sawtelle’s untimely death in 1999, the band regrouped with bluegrass’ reigning flat picker, North Carolinian Bryan Sutton on guitar. Since 2002, Hot Rize’s unparalleled all-star lineup has held steady and continues to create new and inspired music.
Don’t miss this rare chance to celebrate the homegrown musical legacy of one of Colorado’s most revered bands. Warm up your winter with two hot and unforgettable nights of music at the Boulder Theater with Hot Rize and their special guests
Henryville, Indiana native Michael Cleveland quickly became known as one of the hottest attractions in bluegrass, aptly achieving recognition for his blistering and unconventional fiddle style, not for the fact that he is blind. His love for bluegrass began early, and in 1990 he first appeared at Bill Monroe's renowned Bean Blossom Festival. In 1993, at the age of 13, he appeared as fellow fiddler Alison Krauss' guest at the Grand Ole Opry, soon appearing on A Prairie Home Companion and playing before the U.S. Congress. In May of 1999, after graduating from the Kentucky School for the Blind, Cleveland joined Dale Ann Bradley and the Coon Creek Girls. Along with his work with the Coon Creek Girls, he released two independent CDs -- One for Mac dedicated to Kentucky fiddler Mac McBane, and Sawing on the C String. He joined Rhonda Vincent and the Rage in February 2000, and his work on the Rounder album Back Home Again earned him the prestigious International Bluegrass Music Association's Instrumental Performer of the Year in the fiddle category. Rounder Records next released two Cleveland albums, Flame Keeper in 2002 and Let 'Er Go, Boys in 2006.
Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers
Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers is a 4-piece Western music band from Wyoming, Montana. At live concerts, Waldo Otto's cousin Elmo Otto sometimes joins in on fiddle. Elmo usually wears an orange jacket, and may resemble Sam Bush, Darol Angor, Jason Carter or someone else in appearance.