UV HIPPO with POETIC REPUBLIC and DRUGSTORE REMEDY in The Vernors Room

FRIDAY MARCH 19, 2010
doors at 9pm
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Brian Samuels: Vocals/Bass/Guitar/Mandolin - Brian is the founding member of ULTRAVIOLET HIPPOPOTAMUS. He started playing music around 15 years ago and has taught him self how to play a variety of instruments from guitar to the xylophone. Brian’s influences include Moe, Umphrey’s McGee, and Phish.

Sam Guidry: Vocals/Guitar/Bass - Sam is a world class guitar builder in Big Rapids Michigan, who started playing music at the age of 13. Before joining the Hippo he had been performing around the state for years in the band Square One. His biggest musical influences are Frank Zappa, Genesis, YES, Pink Floyd, and Jaco Pastorius.

Joe Phillion: Drums - Joe Phillion, widely considered one of the best young drummers in Michigan, started playing drums at the age of 10 in the Pentecostal Church that he grew up in. Terry Bozio, John Bonham, Chris Meyers, Scott Pellegrom and Chester Thompson have all influenced his style.

Dave Sanders: Vocals/Piano/Keyboards - Dave Sanders, originally from Flint, came to West Michigan to study music at Western Michigan University. His music career started at age 11, with the Trombone at Blue Lake, eventually lead to the T-Lo Effect, and thence to Ultraviolet Hippopotamus. Dave not only commands a mean keyboard, but is a talented singer and songwriter. When you listen to Dave you’ll hear the kalidescope of Phish, Ween, Steely Dan, Herbie Hancock, Wham!, and Yes.

Casey Jones: Vocals/Percussion - Before UV Hippo, Casey Jones was a member of the Red Frog African Drum Ensemble. He has played drums and percussion for a number of Michigan bands. He has been playing music for 17 years. For 5 years he studied classical music, and played as a member of the Kent Philharmonic Orchestra. His influences are Paul Simon, Allman Brothers, Fela Kuti and Phish.

Russell James: Vocals/Guitar - Russell studied music at the collegiate level and has been playing professionally for 13 years. In that time he has worked as a solo artist and with a variety of bands playing around Michigan. During the day, Russ is a Luthier and runs a school to teach people how to build and repair guitars. His biggest influences are Frank Zappa, Pearl Jam, YES, Peter Mulvey, and Peter Gabriel.

Jeffrey Fowler: Sound - Jeff Fowler has been in the business since 2006 and is, as he says, ligit. His BA in Audio Arts and Acoustics is from Columbia College in Chicago, IL. When he’s not busy doing his part to make sure UV Hippo sounds fantastic, he works locally as a sound engineer and designer at Circle and Spectrum Theatres and the Aquinas College Performing Arts Center.

The band has two full length albums, numerous live recordings, and has become a phenomenon in the Midwest music scene, regularly packing such venues as Bell’s Brewery, The Intersection, Billy’s Lounge, Pappa Pete’s, The Mouse Trap and Founder’s while steadily expanding their touring ground to neighboring states. Their thirst for exploration and desire to connect with the listener leaves audiences shakin’ their booties and wanting more.

With POETIC REPUBLIC and DRUGSTORE REMEDY

 

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