Ultraviolet Hippopotamus kicks of 2012 with 15-state Telektonon Tour – Mad Frog on 3/1

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The five-piece, progressive improvisational act Ultraviolet Hippopotamus is excited to announce its 2012 Telektonon Tour featuring more than 30 dates in 15 states throughout the Midwest, Southeast and Colorado from Feb. 1 – March 17. The “Launch Party” for the tour is in the band’s hometown of Grand Rapids on Feb. 4 at The Pyramid Scheme and includes original guitarist Sam Guidry who joins the band for first time since his final appearance on New Year’s Eve 2010. The tour is also highlighted by a week of shows in Colorado and features a four-day run supporting Papadosio in Bloomington, Urbana, Chicago and St. Louis at the end of February. Also included is a stop at the AURA Music & Arts Festival in St. Cloud, FL and a St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Virginia with Jahman Brahman.

Last year was huge for the nationally touring band. It’s highly praised third album, “Square Pegs, Round Holes,” reached No. 3 and spent much of the year in the top 25 of the Relix Magazine/Jambands.com National Radio Chart. The album was also voted “2011 Studio Album of the Year” at the Home Grown Music Network, and received similar nominations from several radio programs, among other acclaim. The album continues to sell steadily and receives airplay across the U.S. as well as internationally in Italy, Brazil, France, Switzerland, England, Spain, Germany and other countries. Also, guitarist Russell Olmsted joined the likes of Jimmy Herring and John Bell (Widespread Panic), Jake Cinninger (Umphrey’s McGee), Hunter Brown (STS9), Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule), Derek Trucks and Dweezil Zappa in being sponsored and named a “featured artist” by Fuchs Audio, makers of boutique guitar amplifiers and FX pedals. Despite the achievements obtained in 2011, however, the band anticipates accomplishing even more in the coming year.

ULTRAVIOLET HIPPOPOTAMUS: TELEKTONON TOUR (FEB-MARCH 2012)
Feb. 1 – Beachland Tavern – Cleveland, OH with Heydan Calling & BOJI
Feb. 2 – Woodland’s Tavern – Columbus, OH with Hubbard Stew & Aliver Hall
Feb. 3 – Be Here Now – Muncie, IN
Feb. 4 – TOUR LAUNCH PARTY: Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI with Four Finger Five and special guest Sam Guidry
Feb. 8 – High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI with Ifdakar
Feb. 9 – Miramar Theatre – Milwaukee, WI with Kinetix
Feb. 10 – Midtown Tavern – Mankato, MN
Feb. 11 – DG’s Taphouse – Ames, IA
Feb. 13 – Southern Sun Brewery – Boulder, CO
Feb. 14 – 320 South – Breckenridge, CO
Feb. 15 – The Eldo Room – Crested Butte, CO
Feb. 16 – Cervante’s Other Side – Denver, CO with 4 on the Floor
Feb. 17 – The Sandbar – Vail, CO
Feb. 18 – Shack at Shug’s – Boulder, CO with The Longest Day of the Year
Feb. 19 – Ullr’s – Winter Park, CO
Feb. 21 – The Bottleneck – Lawerence, KS
Feb. 22 – Mojo’s – Columbia, MO with The Last Kings
Feb. 23 – The Bluebird – Bloomington, IN *
Feb. 24 – Canopy Club – Urbana, IL *
Feb. 25 – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL *
Feb. 26 – Old Rock House- St. Louis, MO *
Feb. 29 – The Loft – Lansing, MI with Four Finger Five
March 1 – Mad Frog – Cincinnati, OH **
March 2 – Mousetrap – Indianapolis, IN **
March 3 – Bells Brewery – Kalamazoo, MI **
March 7 – Cosmic Charlie’s – Lexington, KY **
March 8 – The Cider House – Knoxville, TN **
March 9 – One Stop – Asheville, NC **
March 10 – Live Wire Music Hall – Savannah, GA **
March 11 – AURA Music Festival – St. Cloud, FL
March 15 – The Pour House – Raleigh, NC ***
March 16 – Martin’s – Roanoke, VA ***
March 17 – The Camel – Richmond, VA ***

* supporting Papadosio
** with Arpetrio
*** with Jahman Brahman

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