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An Evening With Hot Rize

In conjunction with the Americana Music Association & 88.5FM KCSN

Tim O’Brien, Pete Wernick, Nick Forster and Charles Sawtelle first appeared together as the band, Hot Rize, in 1978.  The band went their separate ways in 1990 but not before becoming the International Bluegrass Association’s first-ever Entertainers of the Year, being nominated for the then-new Bluegrass GRAMMY, receiving a four-star review in Rolling Stone and touring across four continents.  Each member went on to have distinguished careers of their own but the band refused to disappear.  Rare reunion shows like the 1996 one captured for the acclaimed So Long of a Journey CD (2002) kept the flame burning, and when Sawtelle passed away in 1999, the surviving members brought guitarist Bryan Sutton on board and carried on with the occasional appearances.  It’s no surprise that 24 years after their last studio album, the foursome brings even deeper strength to bear on their new record, When I’m Free, released on September 30 on Ten In Hand/Thirty Tigers.  The Wall Street Journal calls it “classic.”  The band embarked on its biggest tour in decades following the release and will be on the road through December.  Join us as we welcome Hot Rize to the Clive Davis Theater for a discussion about the band’s career and new album, moderated by Vice President of MusiCares and the GRAMMY Foundation, Scott Goldman.  Following the interview, the band will perform.

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