It didn’t take long after Tim O’Brien, Pete Wernick, Nick Forster, and Charles Sawtelle first appeared in 1978, for the bluegrass world to realize that Hot Rize was something special. By the time the band retired in 1990 they had built a solid reputation as bluegrass music masters with numerous honors, accolades and achievements. Rare reunion shows kept the embers burning strong and when Charles Sawtelle died in 1999, the brilliant guitarist and devoted fan, Bryan Sutton, was recruited to form the post reunion Hot Rize that we know and love today. They have been writing, recording, and touring, and fans everywhere are giving the kind of enthusiastic reception you would expect. Hot Rize is putting in the time and the miles to evolve an already perfected art. We’re are thrilled for those travelling winds blow this fury of talent our way, in a number of varying shapes and sizes throughout the Fall Festival. Hot Rize will be presenting a special set called “Stories & Songs” on Friday evening, as well as closing out the festival on Sunday night. They will also be making an appearance at Amy’s Orchid Lounge as alter-ego, Western Swing sidekicks, Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers. Dr. Banjo, Pete Wernick, will be offering music workshops during the extended weekend and the Bryan Sutton Band is set to make an appearance on the Main Stage. There’s still more to be announced but the only way to see what might happen when Hot Rize comes to Westside is to be there to see it for yourself! Hashtag Hot Rize at Fall Strawberry 2017!