Win Tickets ($70): GRAMMY Nominee Hot Rize – 40th Anniversary @ Aladdin Theater | Bluegrass

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Hot Rize – 40th Anniversary @ Aladdin Theater on January 18. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Tuesday, January 16.


From our sponsors:
Hot Rize – 40th Anniversary
January 18, 2018
Doors 7 p.m., Show 8 p.m. | $35 | All Ages
More info:

Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., Portland, Oregon 97202

It didn’t take long after Tim O’Brien, Pete Wernick, Nick Forster, and Charles Sawtelle first appeared onstage together in 1978 for the bluegrass music world to realize that the Colorado band, Hot Rize, was something special. And by the time they bowed off the stage as a full-time act in 1990, they’d not only climbed to the top of that world as the International Bluegrass Music Association’s very first Entertainers of the Year, but their stature was recognized across the board, with a nomination for a then-new bluegrass Grammy, a four-star album review in Rolling Stone, tours across four continents, and a legion of up-and-coming, broad-minded young musicians ranging from String Cheese Incident to mando monster Chris Thile learning their songs and singing their praises.

The reasons for the acclaim were, and remain, obvious. Steeped in bluegrass tradition through long hours on the road spent listening to the genre’s giants—their very name was a knowing nod to Flatt & Scruggs’ long-time flour mill sponsor—Hot Rize’s music was and is equally informed by a taste for the music of Leadbelly and Freddie King, swing, old-time Appalachia and more in ways that mirror the broad sweep of Bill Monroe’s influences. And while their respect for tradition was easy to hear (and, thanks to their suits and vintage neckties, easy to see), the fresh elements they brought, whether in Sawtelle’s guitar eccentricities or Wernick’s deployment of an effects pedal on his banjo, were enough to earn them the suspicion of some audience members—and the devotion of many more.

So when Hot Rize retired, it was natural for members to go on to distinguished careers of their own. For bassist and multi-instrumentalist Forster, that meant building a blend of environmental concern and musical curation into the popular and influential show, etown; for lead singer, mandolinist and fiddler O’Brien, recognition as an award-winning Americana and bluegrass master of singing and songwriting; for Sawtelle, a thriving career as guitarist, engineer and producer for a host of artists; and for Wernick, acclaim as a presenter of bluegrass and banjo camps, genre-bending bandleader, and 15-year president of the IBMA.

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30 Responses to Win Tickets ($70): GRAMMY Nominee Hot Rize – 40th Anniversary @ Aladdin Theater | Bluegrass

  1. Dave G. January 9, 2018 at 12:15 pm #

    My grass is blue!

    • KE Rogers January 9, 2018 at 1:00 pm #

      ❤️ bluegrass

  2. Jesse J January 9, 2018 at 12:31 pm #

    Would love to dance the night away into my birthday with some Hot Rize!

  3. Avery LeVine January 9, 2018 at 12:39 pm #

    Saw them a couple of years ago and they were great, would love to see them again. Really hope Red Knuckle makes an appearance as well!!!!!!!!

  4. Dan January 9, 2018 at 12:39 pm #

    I would really like to see Dr. Bango and Red Knuckles.

  5. Kathleen January 9, 2018 at 3:13 pm #

    I love bluegrass and live music and I don’t have any money! :-)

  6. Glenn January 9, 2018 at 3:22 pm #

    I saw Hot Rize and Red Knuckles at Telluride Bluegrass about 22 years ago. I would absolutely love to see them again. Thank you for putting this opportunity out there!

  7. Joel January 9, 2018 at 3:38 pm #

    Fingers crossed!!!

  8. Scott January 9, 2018 at 4:47 pm #

    I have seen Tim once, but never Hot Rize, so as a bluegrass fan since before these boys formed this fine group, this would be a great bucket list show to win tickets to!

  9. Ashley January 9, 2018 at 5:04 pm #

    This would be awesome!

  10. Jessica F January 9, 2018 at 5:07 pm #

    Bluegrass @ the Aladdin makes me so happy.

  11. Natalie January 9, 2018 at 5:50 pm #

    This looks awesome! I’d love tickets!

  12. Michael Duey January 9, 2018 at 5:52 pm #

    Bring on the amazing Hot Rize (and Red Knuckles)!

  13. Cory January 9, 2018 at 8:32 pm #

    Thats HOT

  14. Barb finn January 9, 2018 at 10:15 pm #

    Love hot rize and love the venue! The Aladdin is a great place to hear music!

  15. Lisalong January 9, 2018 at 10:32 pm #

    Would love to see these guy’s!

  16. Josh G January 10, 2018 at 10:32 am #

    Get your biscuits in the oven

  17. Collin Foster January 11, 2018 at 12:32 pm #

    I love all kinds of grass especially the blue kind

  18. Robert January 11, 2018 at 2:54 pm #

    sounds like a swell time!

  19. Melissa Jasper January 11, 2018 at 3:07 pm #

    Hot Damn!!! I had to miss the last few Telluride Bluegrass Festivals & therefore catching Hot Rize. This would be a dream come true!!!

  20. Hayley Darby January 11, 2018 at 3:19 pm #

    Sounds great! I’d love to go

  21. Thomas January 11, 2018 at 3:31 pm #

    Like a smell of dusty road, the sound of lawn mowers and cicadas, and the first sweet taste of a popcicle, bluegrass takes me not only home, but back in time. Transformative. Serve me up Hot Rize, please.
    I said please.

  22. Maura January 11, 2018 at 6:22 pm #

    High on the mountaintop! …So good!

  23. Nancy P. January 11, 2018 at 8:54 pm #

    My boyfriend dad loves Bluegrass Music, this would be great to surprise him with! He could attend the 40th Anniversary of Hot Rize with his Fiance!

  24. Nick January 11, 2018 at 10:12 pm #

    Can’t wait to see these legends!

  25. Robin January 11, 2018 at 10:53 pm #

    Great show!

  26. Ryan January 12, 2018 at 9:54 pm #

    love hot rize

  27. Emily January 12, 2018 at 9:54 pm #

    Woo hoo! Yes please!

  28. Roger Leece January 14, 2018 at 4:03 pm #

    Never got to see them before in concert. Would love to catch this show! Thank you for the opportunity.

  29. Mike January 14, 2018 at 4:39 pm #


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