Google Maps 3420 W. Grace
Chicago, IL. 60618
(773) 478-4408


M-Fri 4pm - 2am 
Sat 11am - 3am
Sun 11am - 2am

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Abbey Pub

Ultraviolet Hippopotamus

Ultraviolet Hippopotamus

The Mantras, E.G.I

Fri, February 1, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Abbey Pub

Chicago, IL

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

Ultraviolet Hippopotamus
Ultraviolet Hippopotamus
Michigan has unleashed a beast, and it's headed straight to Colorado. There's no need for alarm, however, as this Great Lakes monster only has an appetite for funky jams that mix jazz, electronica, reggae, bluegrass and rock. While it may sound like something you've experienced before, Ultraviolet Hippopotamus, as the name implies, is unquestionably an animal of a different color.

Anyone remotely familiar with the 'jam band sound' will immediately recognize the act's influences and genre-mixing musical objectives, but Ultraviolet Hippopotamus adds a level of talent, intricacy and polish that truly sets it apart. Tight, energetic jams and outstanding vocals — a true rarity among the band's peers — coupled with the act's spontaneity and strong songwriting add to its appeal.

When experiencing UV Hippo live, jam band fans are quickly reminded why they fell in love with the genre's sound in the first
place, no matter when, where, and how they got on the bus. Rhythmic grooves and chord patterns, long sets of copious musical
styles, big jams, sweet melodies and a powerful band dynamic are all well represented — as is the typically crowded dance floor.
All told, UV Hippo provides hope for the future of jam bands and the jam scene, which has become somewhat conventional and
musty in recent years.

Jeffrey V. Smith , Marquee Magazine, CO, 2010

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.

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 kaleidoscope of Phish, Ween, Steely Dan, Herbie Hancock, Wham!, and Yes.

Casey Jones: Vocals/Percussion - Casey Jones was a member of the Red Frog African Drum Ensemble, and has played percussion
for a number of Michigan bands. He has been playing music for 17 years, studied classical music and then became a member of the
Kent Philharmonic Orchestra. His influences are Paul Simon, Allman Brothers 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.

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, Papa Pete's, The Mouse Trap and Founder's Brewing while steadily expanding their touring ground to neighboring states. Their festival circuit includes 10K Lakes, Strip Mine Festival, Hoxyville and Harvest Gathering. They have been featured on compilation albums with artists such as Michael Franti & Spearhead, Umphrey's McGee & Phish. Their thirst for exploration and desire to connect with the listener leaves audiences shakin' their booties and wanting more.
The Mantras
The Mantras
Forming only six years ago, The Mantras continue to hone their direction and precision show by show. Building a reputation as go-for-broke live act, the quintet has been playing to consistently larger and larger crowds in their home state, including a number of sold-out shows. They have been steadily building a following both regionally and nationally with music that is a high-energy collaborative of funk-rock, middle-eastern, electronica, metal; a fusion that will shake your knees and rattle your toes. This rising profile has resulted in an incredible year so far, seeing The Mantras and their members in numerous festival performances and sharing stages in double-bills and direct support for the likes of Umphrey's McGee, Eoto, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Papadosio, Zoogma, The Werks, and many more.

Tracking of the Mantras next studio release is currently taking place at Jake Cinninger's (Umphrey's McGee) personal studio, Boondock Studios.

The Mantras are now making HQ multi-track recordings of all their live shows available to the public. In 2011, The Mantras began compiling a large archive of HQ live recordings via their new mobile tracking unit, lovingly named R2. Sound engineer Matt Gordon set out to build this archive so that can be made available to the fans in early 2012. When launched, will allow fans to purchase every show recorded by the band. Copies of the night’s show are now available to fans in attendance, and for now, all recordings are being made available to the fans on the night, for FREE. The Mantras have also released a small series of select shows on, again for FREE to the fans.

The Mantras, together with Stanlee Ventures of the famous Camp Barefoot Music and Arts Festival, are proud to present MANTRABASH 2012 June 21st-23rd, at the breathtaking High Country Motorcycle Camp in Ferguson, NC. This sure to be amazing festival will feature 3 nights of The Mantras, two huge stages, and no overlapping sets. Other acts on the bill include Robert Walter Trio, Particle, The Werks, Brothers Past, and many, many more!
Venue Information:
The Abbey Pub
3420 W. Grace St
Chicago, IL, 60618