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Hot Rize + Red Knuckles

Aug 20, 2016
8:15 p.m.

6000 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030 United States

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Hot Rize

Colorado band Hot Rize has not only climbed to the top of the world as the International Bluegrass Music Association’s very first Entertainers of the Year, but their stature has been recognized with a nomination for a bluegrass Grammy, a four-star album review in Rolling Stone, and tours across four continents.

The reasons for the acclaim remain obvious. Steeped in bluegrass tradition through long hours on the road spent listening to the genre’s giants — their very name is a knowing nod to Flatt & Scruggs’ long-time flour mill sponsor. Hot Rize’s music is equally informed by a taste for the music of Leadbelly and Freddie King, swing, old-time Appalachia and more in ways that mirror the broad sweep of Bill Monroe’s influences. And while their respect for tradition is easy to hear (and, thanks to their suits and vintage neckties, easy to see), the fresh elements they bring were enough to earn them the devotion of audiences.

Hot Rize tours nationwide to please not only longtime fans of the band, but also countless new fans who’ve discovered bluegrass and Americana music in more recent times. Says the group's guiatarist,  Bryan Sutton, “Nobody’s been a bigger Hot Rize fan than me, and that’s a perspective I’ve tried to maintain as a member of the band. I’m excited about this new record, and I can’t wait to introduce new fans to the Hot Rize experience.”

Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers

Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers is a band that travels in the back of the Hot Rize bus and occasionally spells their employers on stage. The foursome (Red Knuckles, Wendell Mercantile, Waldo Otto, and Swade) plays 40’s and 50’s country music as well as you might expect from people who have mostly listened to the same jukebox for most of their lives. That jukebox, at the Eat Cafe in Wyoming, Montana, is where Red and the boys first met Hot Rize and agreed to leave their home to pursue fortune and fame.

The “fortune” part notwithstanding, the ‘Blazers did become famous for their original brand of entertainment, featuring band choreography and Wendell’s “take-off” guitar with fringe to match his outfit. There are people who say that Red Knuckles and Hot Rize are the same. No one knows where any of those people are now....

This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30am-1pm. If tickets remain at 1pm, the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill.

Opening Band: Sabine River Bend Band

Sabine River Bend Band’s harmonizing vocals pay honest tribute to the bluegrass experience by keeping true to the roots of acoustic bluegrass music.

SRB covers the masters of bluegrass like Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt, and the Stanleys, while adding a bluegrass flair to a Merle Haggard, Tom T. Hall, or Waylon Jennings tune.

Sabine River Bend are masters of the live performance enjoying interaction with their audience.  


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