Ultraviolet Hippopotamus w/Dopapod
Mad Frog (1 E. McMillan Street, Cincinnati, OH)
Thursday, February 7, 2013
$10, 18+, Doors: 8pm, Show: 9pm
Ultraviolet Hippopotamus is an explosive five-piece progressive improvisational band with a rapidly growing fan base across the U.S. and Europe. Described as “brightening the future of the jam band scene,” Ultraviolet Hippopotamus mixes tight, funky jams with new dance beats, heartfelt lyrics, compelling composition, eccentric effects and a vibrant light show for an incredible, one-of-a-kind musical experience. Known for its on-stage musical alchemy – cultivated from years of relentless touring – the band performs an eclectic selection of technically demanding compositions and improvised material along with unconventional and fun covers.
The band recently joined the rooster at Hoplite where founding partners Tom Baggott and Chris Cate have presided over the foundational career development of Disco Biscuits, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Railroad Earth, Ryan Montbleau Band, Zach Deputy and many other smaller artists. Through time spent at other agencies or in other roles ranging from artist management, tour management, production, marketing and management over the last 20+ years, they also participated in the career growth of Agents of Good Roots, Johnny Winter, Michelle Shocked, The Radiators, Tim Reynolds, Victor Wooten and many more. The band is now being managed and booked by the agency which has already led to bigger and better touring opportunities.
Ultraviolet Hippopotamus also just spent time in the studio recording a huge musical composition, details of which will be released later this year. The band is extremely proud of the work and can’t wait for it to reach fans.
The group deftly journeys between funk, jazz, livetronica, space rock, reggae, bluegrass, and progressive rock within a single show and, sometimes, within a single song. Exploring new ground and taking risks make every performance unique, and fans are never sure what exactly the band will deliver each night; other than exceptional music.
Anyone remotely familiar with the ‘jam band sound’ will immediately recognize Ultraviolet Hippopotamus’ influences and genre-mixing musical objectives, but the band adds a level of talent, intricacy and polish that truly sets it apart. Tight, energetic jams and outstanding vocals — a true rarity among the band’s peers — coupled with the act’s spontaneity and strong songwriting add to its appeal. The word is out, and the band is quickly developing into an international sensation.
Ultraviolet Hippopotamus’ 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 and was voted “2011 Studio Album of the Year” at the Home Grown Music Network. It also 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.
Ultraviolet Hippopotamus Winter 2013 Tour
Jan. 30 – Headliner’s – Toledo, OH w/The Mantras
Jan. 31 – The Loft – Lansing, MI w/The Mantras
Feb. 1 – The Abbey – Chicago, IL w/The Mantras
Feb. 2 – Be Here Now – Muncie, IN
Feb. 6 – Kent Stage – Kent, OH w/Dopapod
Feb. 7 – Mad Frog – Cincinati, OH w/Dopapod
Feb. 8 – Rex Theater – Pittsburgh, PA w/Dopapod
Feb. 9 – Nietzsche’s – Buffalo, NY w/Dopapod
Feb. 14 – The Lamasco – Evansville, IN
Feb. 15 – Cabin Fever Campout- Peoria, IL w/Emancipator, Future Rock
Feb. 16 – DG’s Taphouse – Ames, IA
Feb. 17 – Bourbon Theatre Rye Room – Lincoln, NE
March 6 – The Bottleneck – Lawerence, KS
March 7 – Cicero’s – St. Louis, MO
March 8 – The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN w/Dopapod
March 9 – The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI w/Dopapod
March 18 – Church – Boston, MA w/Elephant Wrecking Ball
March 29-30 – Dunedin Brewery – Dunedin, FL
May 18 – Tribal Connection – Bellafontaine, OH