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. First we’ll have Tim O’Brien presenting his solo set Friday evening on the Main Stage. 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 on Saturday evening. Then it’s time for an after hour’s shindig with Hot Rize’s alter-ego, Western Swing sidekicks, Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers, at Amy’s Orchid Lounge on Saturday night. To cap off the weekend’s festivities with a berry bang, Hot Rize will headline the Main Stage on Sunday night! There’s still more fun announcements about this to come, but who knows what fun might happen when the Hot Rize guys come to the Fall Festival in 2017. It’s likely to be the stuff that Strawberry legends are made of. Hope to see you there!