Progressive bluegrass act with love of Sierras rolls into GV Saturday |

Progressive bluegrass act with love of Sierras rolls into GV Saturday

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Five-piece progressive bluegrass act Hot Buttered Rum is coming 8 p.m. Saturday to the Center for the Arts stage in Grass Valley, bringing a new sound for traditional instruments that blurs the territories of blues, folk, jazz and rock.

Conceived on a backpacking trip of high school and college buddies in the High Sierra, the San Francisco-based string band has created a stir on the music festival circuit from Anchorage to Miami. Made up of five young musicians, Hot Buttered Rum exhibits a genre-bending improvisational style that is at the same time well disciplined by a background of extensive technical training.

The band’s three songwriters — Aaron Redner, Nat Keefe and Erik Yates — spin tales about the good times, the bad times and the roads in between and belt them from the heart in three-part harmony.

Bryan Horne’s standup bass and Lucas Carlton’s percussion combine with the acoustic instruments to create California’s own acoustic music.

Some call it avant-grass or mountain americana. Others call them a rock band with acoustic instruments. The music is funky with a playful edge. Band members honed their chops on the mountaintops and city streets of their Northern California home before hitting the road.

The band’s most recent 14-song CD, “Live in the Sierra,” was recorded live on tour in 2012.

Hot Buttered Rum follows a stringent code of responsibility to the environment by traveling in a converted “veggie bus” that runs on biodiesel. In 2006, Rock the Earth recognized the band’s contributions to sustainability by nominating them for a “Defender of the Earth” award.

Tickets are $20 for members, $25 for non-members, and are avialable at the Center Box Office, which can be contacted at (530) 274-8384, ext 14. Tickets are also available at BriarPatch Co-op or online at

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