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Mike Scap passes
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A sad event in the Hot Rize world… Mike Scap, founding member and the original guitarist in Hot Rize, passed away from cancer in his native New Jersey. Mike was on the demo tape that led to the album that led to the formation of Hot Rize in January 1978 — with Mike on guitar, age 22. He was with us for our first 3 months, and his amazing playing and onstage spirit helped get the band attention when we most needed that, just to survive week-to-week! More …
Night of the Living Red; How Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers Almost Destroyed RockyGrass
In Their Words: “It was a shock to us members of Hot Rize to be overlooked by our Colorado ‘homebase’ festival RockyGrass — and have them hire our sidekick band instead. Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers don’t even play bluegrass! The Blazers got so excited they invited a lot of surprise guests, including go-go dancers and a bunch of ‘bluegrass zombies’ … something we didn’t even know existed.
The Trailblazers pretty much ruined the festival ambiance, but in this strange Trumped-up world, that seemed just right for the RockyGrass festivarians. Some of the footage may seem faked, but it’s all for real … sorry to say!” — Pete Wernick (“Dr. Banjo”)
Hot Rize’s 2015 Year-End Video
With a new record and a great team, Hot Rize hit the road in 2015 with more energy and more songs than we’ve had in decades. Bryan, Pete, Tim and I had an amazing 2015. Here are some of the images from that adventure that took us to every corner of the country and overseas.
Bluegrass Underground Season 5 Featuring Hot Rize
Hot Rize’s Bluegrass Underground Season 5 PBS program will broadcast all over North America this fall. Check this listing of stations that have currently scheduled the program.
“When I’m Free Tour” Concludes
The band had a great time at the IBMA Awards show, and now looks back on the “When I’m Free” tour. They traveled to three foreign countries, over 30 states, and played at over 30 festivals. The audience responses were all they could have hoped for – everywhere they went. Check out the Hot Rize Facebook page for pictures and videos from their performances. Thanks everyone, and stay tuned!
Bryan Sutton: IBMA Guitar player of the year!
Congrats to Bryan Sutton on winning International Bluegrass Music Association’s Guitar player of the year. We are so glad to have you on our team…and so cool of you to dedicate the award to Charles Sawtelle.
Hot Rize Plays the Streets of New York
Hot Rize’s latest video for ‘Your Light Leads Me On’ was filmed by Mason Jar Music right in Times Square, surrounded by… well, check it out! Here is what Pete had to say about this rare experience (and more in his video below):
“As the only native New York City boy in the group, very familiar with Times Square, it was wild and weird to be picking banjo there, plowing along through the curious onlookers, not to mention Batman, the Statue of Liberty, Disney characters, etc. The lights of the giant video billboards really contrast ironically with what the song is about… a lonesome driver saying to the moon, ‘your light leads me on.’ “
‘Ask Dr. Banjo’
Pete talks about his favorite memories from the recent Hot Rize tour including making the new video for ‘A Cowboy’s Life’.
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Hot Rize w/ Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers
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Hot Rize w/ Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers
|03/21/15||Live Oak, FL||Suwannee Springfest|
|03/25/15||Franklin, TN||Music City Roots|
|03/26/15||Roanoke, VA||Jefferson Center|
|03/27/15||McMinnville, TN||Bluegrass Underground|
|03/28/15||Savannah, GA||Trustees Theater|
|03/29/15||Plymouth, NH||Silver Center, Hanaway Theatre|
|04/18/15||Driftwood, TX||Old Settlers Music Fest|
|04/25/15||Phoenix, AZ||Musical Instrument Museum|
|04/26/15||Indio, CA||Stagecoach Music Festival|
|05/23/15||Black Mountain, NC||Black Mountain UpRizing|
|05/29/15||Lexington, KY||Troubadour Concert Series – Lyric Theatre|
|05/30/15||Bean Blossom, IN||John Hartford Memorial Festival|
|06/12/15||Ontario, CA||Huck Finn Jubilee|
|06/13/15||Santa Cruz, CA||Rio Theatre|
|06/14/15||Napa, CA||City Winery Napa|
|06/16/15||Denver, CO||Denver Botanic Gardens|
|06/18/15||Telluride, CO||Telluride Bluegrass Festival|
|07/09/15||Nashville, TN||Ryman Auditorium|
|07/11/15 - 07/12/15||Courtenay, BC||Vancouver Island Musicfest|
|07/14/15||Missoula, MT||Ruby Jewel Jamboree|
|07/18/15||Oak Hill, NY||Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival|
|08/01/15 - 08/02/15||Stony Plain, Alberta||Blueberry Bluegrass and Country Music Festival|
|08/07/15||Alta, WY||Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival|
|08/08/15||Richmond, MN||Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival|
|08/09/15||Bayfield, WI||Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua|
|08/27/15 - 08/28/15||Tønder, Denmark||Tønder Festival|
|08/30/15||Dorset, England||Purbeck Valley Folk Festival|
|09/03/15||Brunswick, ME||Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Special|
|09/04/15||Woodstown, NJ||Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival|
|09/06/15||Pagosa Springs, CO||Four Corners Folk Festival|
|09/17/15||Nashville, TN||The Station Inn|
|09/18/15||Louisville, KY||The Clifton Center|
|09/19/15||Bristol, TN||Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion|
|09/25/15||Berryville, VA||Watermelon Park Festival|
|09/26/15||Winona, MN||Boats and Bluegrass Festival|
|10/02/15||Chattanooga, TN||3 Sisters Music Festival|
|10/04/15||San Francisco, CA||Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival|
|10/09/15||Silk Hope, NC||Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival|
|10/10/15||Floyd, VA||Floyd Country Store|
|10/14/15||Maize, KS||Prairie Pines|
|10/15/15||Lawrence, KS||Liberty Hall|
|10/16/15||Farmers Branch, TX||Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival|
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