Uncork the old moonshine jug and get ready for some 21st century pickin’ and grinnin’: progressive bluegrass aficionados Hot Buttered Rum will bring their modern take on the traditional genre to Bloomington’s Bluebird nightclub this Tuesday night. Signed to the String Cheese Incident-run label SCI Fidelity, the band is well-known on the jam scene for their rock/reggae/folk-infused bluegrass–2009′s Limbs Akimbo largely featured rock-oriented recordings, mixing a full rock band sound with the band’s typical folksy sound.
Sharing the stage with HBR will be Bloomington’s own New Old Cavalry. In a genre full of setting suns, they’re like a rising harvest moon–colorful, bright, and perfect for a night of heavy whiskey drinking. Their traditional bluegrass instrumentation and menagerie of covers nod to their many stylistic forebears, while fresh originals and deft improv put them firmly at the forefront of Indiana pickers. Check out the band’s self-released, self-titled debut album for a taste, and if you haven’t seen them live, do it. If you have, do it again.
The show starts at 9. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. And sorry kids, but the Bluebird is 21+.