Hot Buttered Rum Headlines the First of 5 Saturday Night Outdoor Family Friendly Concerts for the 2012 Festival of Summer Nights at the Osher Marin JCC - July 7 @ 7pm

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The first of five multi-cultural outdoor concerts brings a mixture of traditional bluegrass with modern influences, cocktails, dinners, dancing, a playground and fun for the whole family. Bill Evans Banjos opens. All outdoors under Marin skies.

“Stunning instrumental and vocal virtuosity."
– Relix Magazine

Throw a blanket on the turf, secure a picnic table next to the playground, bring a dinner or purchase one on site from Roadside BBQ, sit on chairs, get up and dance, bring the kids and play together, or leave them at home and make it a date night. Concerts outdoors, under the stars. The night is yours and the music is live bluegrass.

Hot Buttered Rum is an American five-piece progressive bluegrass act. Based right here in the San Francisco Bay Area, their aim is to weave together the traditions of folk and bluegrass with the modern influences of rock-n-roll, reggae and acoustic singer/songwriters. The group values creativity in both its instrumental work and its songwriting.

Some of HBR’s most notable performances to date have included sets at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, the Newport Folk Festival, South by Southwest, High Sierra Music Festival, Bonnaroo Music Festival, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival and have headlined The Fillmore. They have performed with a wide array of artists, including Phil Lesh, Ben Harper, Chris Thile, Bela Fleck, Peter Rowan, and Bill Nershi. Well Oiled Machine, HBR's studio album, produced by Mike Marshall and featuring guest appearances by Peter Rowan and Darol Anger, was released in early 2006. Limbs Akimbo, HBR's most recent studio album, released in 2009, features Jackie Greene and Zach Gill.

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Opener, BILL EVANS is an internationally known five-string banjo life force. As a performer, teacher, writer, scholar and composer, he brings a deep knowledge, intense virtuosity and contagious passion to all things banjo, with thousands of music fans and banjo students from all over the world in a career that spans over thirty-five years.

“One of the best banjo pickers on the planet.” — Mark Wittington, San Jose Mercury News

WHAT: Bluegrass, picnics, dinner, playground, dancing, cocktails, fun. Outdoors under the stars.
Who: All are invited. Family Friendly
When: Sat, July 7 @ 7pm
Where: The Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd. San Rafael, CA
Parking: Ample FREE parking. Accessing the Osher Marin JCC from Highway 101 is effortless, ¼ mile E off 101
Tickets: Adults - $20 advance/$25 day of
Kids 6-18 - $5. Children 5 and under free

THE FESTIVAL OF SUMMER NIGHTS is a series of five celebrations for all ages with live music, dance instruction, food, and family fun. Presented by The Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts, each celebration brings in hundreds of guests for an evening of culture and community under the summer skies.

“One of the most remarkable aspects of Summer Nights is the venue. The outdoor field and playground where the concerts take place are part of the larger campus serving the JCC and Brandeis Hillel Day School. Located uphill from the JCC, Swig field is surrounded on all sides by the Marin Hills and the JCC building, creating a self-contained, safe, outdoor park-like environment that is expansive and open, yet accessible only through the JCC and removed from the street.”

Sat, 7/7: Bluegrass Night — Bill Evans Banjo opens for Hot Buttered Rum
Sat, 7/14: Cultural Fusion Night — Rupa & the April Fishes
Sat, 7/21 : African Music Night —Oliver Mtukudzi & the Black Spirits
Sat, 7/28 : Cajun Music Night - Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
Sat, 8/4: Latin Music Night —Orquesta La Moderna Tradicion

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