Hot October - bluegrass band
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About this pro
With their debut album receiving notable acclaim, this acoustic quintet is already making waves as one of the few true crossover bluegrass bands. Recent main stage performances at the Northwest String Summit, Mateel Summer Arts Festival, and Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest have cemented Hot October as a SoCal favorite as they prepare for their 2018 tour. While it might not be that uncommon for a bluegrass band to have all five musicians singing in harmony, what sets this group apart is the clear and apparent virtuosity of each individual working towards the greater composition. Lead vocals, traded by Paul Fuller (Banjo) and Jesse Olema (Fiddle), are supported by a masterful rhythm section. Craig Ferguson (Mandolin & Dobro), Sasha Birrittella (Guitar), and David Tranchina (Upright Bass) work together seamlessly creating a deep rooted pocket while trading sweeping, flat-picked lines for David’s unmatched bowed solos. Yes, the groups collective improvisations are something to be marveled at, but what is most exciting is seeing where the new generation of bluegrass music is headed, and looking at what Hot October is bringing to the table, let's just say that it's a very exciting time to be a bluegrass fan. We pride our band in being professional, prepared, and making the best event work smoothly! We love to bring traditional music to audiences, and promote fresh original songs!
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- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?We work to give the best and smoothest experience we can for our customer. Flexibility with instrumentation, song material, and acoustic or electric elements.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?Everyone is a working professional musician for many years. Each member has also studied for a BFA degree in music from CalArts, and Berklee School of Music.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?All of Hot October's members have played music from an early age, graduated from Berklee / CalArts, and currently work as touring and and professional studio artists.