Monday, January 23, 2012

Ultraviolet Hippopotamus announces 15-state, 30+ city Telektonon Tour

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.

Ultraviolet Hippopotamus is an explosive five-piece progressive
improvisational band with a rapidly growing fan base across the U.S.
and, more recently, 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 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.

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/ 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.

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.

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