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Experienced, high-energy acoustic musician seeking inspired clients for weddings & all other celebrations. Let me put together a group of musicians for your event to entertain with bluegrass, swing, originals and covers.
Absolutely fun and purely professional group of talented musicians who can keep anyone and everyone happy.
Great energy and can play a huge variety of traditional, old, new, progressive, covers, and much more..
These folks are the real deal and Erik was a more than capable musician with superb players to compliment him and his repertoire.
Can’t wait to get them back someday as they are perfect for any party or event..
We hired Erik to play a pop-up banjo concert as a treat for our patrons and staff at the public library and were thrilled with how it went! He was a great performer and took the time to explain a little bit about the banjo and the history of some of the songs. I would definitely recommend him and/or hire him again!
Perfect sound for my Bluegrass & Bourbon Event. Everyone loved them!
Price Range: $400 and up
Gig Length: 20 - 120 minutes
Languages: English, Spanish
Insurance: $300,000 - Provided as needed
Phone Number: Call
What to Expect
Hot Buttered Rum has been bringing high-energy shows to both public and private events for over 20 years. Clients can expect the top level of talent and an easy-going rapport, both on and off the stage. We love making people dance and smile, and it shows!
We can provide a duo, trio, quartet, quintet or sextet formation, and can either skew more towards our bluegrasss/folk music roots or stretch out into rock and blues covers from the 60s, 70s and 80s. We own our own PA system, purchased in 2021, and we can run our own sound. Our guitarist also doubles as a DJ when needed, and has all the attendant gear for that as well.
Erik Yates has been teaching, producing and performing professionally for over twenty years. He holds a B.A. in Music from Lewis & Clark College, where he met guitarist/producer Nat Keefe and started Hot Buttered Rum in 1999. As an instrumentalist, he favors the banjo, though dobros, ukeleles and other stringed instruments often find their way into his hands, as well as various members of the keyboard and woodwind families. As a writer, his material ranges from blues to folk to bluegrass and back. His songs blend the personal with the traditional, and, as a producer, Erik’s taste reflects this blend. His production credits center on artists in his San Francisco Bay Area whose material he’s worked to arrange, record and release to the public with all the panache a banjo player can muster.
Erik’s toured extensively in throughout North America with Hot Buttered Rum, playing in 48 states, Canada and a number of Caribbean islands. He’s also been brought on as a journeyman instrumentalist with groups like Railroad Earth, Rapidgrass and Wolf Jett. He’s performed at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Red Rocks Amphitheater and, most likely, the pizza joint down the street from wherever you are. In addition to his touring through domestic venues large and small, he’s also helped the Swiss celebrate their National Day in Zurich, recorded with Ghanaian virtuosi in Accra, worked as a banjo instructor at France’s La Roche Festival and, most recently, traveled to Rwanda and Zambia as part of American Music Abroad’s 2020 season. Erik continues to work with AMA to produce virtual programming with some of the many musicians he met on Hot Buttered Rum’s recent travels. He also produces a weekly webcast for Hot Buttered Rum fans, teaches tirelessly through his online studio and is hard at work on a second solo record.
Additional Booking Notes
We have our own small PA system and can set it up ourselves. All we require is power. We can also play acoustically, if needed.
Upcoming Booked Events
|October 06, 2021 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm||Retirement Community Event|
Past Booked Events
|February 15, 2020 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm||Birthday Party|
|December 12, 2018 • 5:00pm - 6:30pm||Nonprofit Event|
|August 25, 2018 • 4:30pm - 6:30pm||Personal Occasion|
Some examples of our many options for cover tunes:
Born to Love You (Ray LaMontagne)
Faith (George Michael)
Heaven Sent (Chris Stapleton)
Just What I Needed (the Cars)
What I Said (Ray Charles)
Ripple (the Grateful Dead)
Influences & Inspiration
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
the Allman Brothers Band
Flatt & Scruggs
Alison Krauss & Union Station
No equipment required