Friday, July 5th: ULTRAVIOLET HIPPOPOTAMUS
Ultraviolet Hippopotamus is an explosive five-piece progressive improvisational band from Grand Rapids, Michigan. 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. The group journeys between funk, jazz, livetronica, space rock, reggae, bluegrass, and progressive rock within a single show and, sometimes, within a single song. Known for their on-stage musical alchemy, the band performs an eclectic selection of technically demanding compositions and improvised material along with unconventional and fun covers.
They released their first album, “Background Music,” in 2012 and their second album, “Songs For The Reaper” followed in 2008. Ultraviolet Hippopotamus’ third album, “Square Pegs, Round Holes” (2011), 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.
Their new album, “Disguise,” was recently added to WYCE’s library.