The Miramar Theatre Presents
UV Hippo, Undercover Organism
2844 N. Oakland Ave.
Milwaukee, WI, 53211
Doors 9:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM (event ends at 2:00 AM)
This event is all ages
Ultraviolet Hippopotamus is an explosive five-piece progressive improvisational band with a rapidly growing fan base across the U.S. and, more recently, Europe. Described as "brightening the future of the jam band scene," Ultraviolet Hippopotamus mixes tight, funky jams with new dance beats, heartfelt lyrics, compelling composition, eccentric effects and a vibrant light show for an incredible, one-of-a-kind musical experience. Known for its on-stage musical alchemy – cultivated from years of relentless touring – the band performs an eclectic selection of technically demanding compositions and improvised material along with unconventional and fun covers.
The group deftly journeys between funk, jazz, livetronica, space rock, reggae, bluegrass, and progressive rock within a single show and, sometimes, within a single song. Exploring new ground and taking risks make every performance unique, and fans are never sure what exactly the band will deliver each night; other than exceptional music.
Anyone remotely familiar with the 'jam band sound' will immediately recognize Ultraviolet Hippopotamus' influences and genre-mixing musical objectives, but the band adds a level of talent, intricacy and polish that truly sets it apart. Tight, energetic jams and outstanding vocals — a true rarity among the band's peers — coupled with the act's spontaneity and strong songwriting add to its appeal. The word is out, and the band is quickly developing into an international sensation.
Ultraviolet Hippopotamus' highly praised third album, "Square Pegs, Round Holes," reached No. 3 and spent much of the year in the top 25 of the Relix Magazine/Jambands.com National Radio Chart and was voted "2011 Studio Album of the Year" at the Home Grown Music Network. It also received similar nominations from several radio programs, among other acclaim. The album continues to sell steadily and receives airplay across the U.S. as well as internationally in Italy, Brazil, France, Switzerland, England, Spain, Germany and other countries.
Blending electronic loops and sounds with a live band in a unique live performance, Undercover Organism creates a sound that some may call jamtronica or live electronic music. With influences in jam, funk, jazz, hip-hop, and many different types of electronic music, UO strives on exciting the crowd with sounds they don't normally here from a live band. UO has played in many regional festivals catering to many different styles including; Summerfest, Project Earth, Cosmic Railroad Family Gathering, Ifdakamp, Choose Your Own Raventure, as well as local street festivals. Still playing mostly around the state of Wisconsin, UO has set its sites on a much bigger picture, to share their musical experience with the rest of the country.
Undercover Organism started off as a simple idea and revelation coagulated at Rothbury Music Festival, guitarists Josh and Hutch raised and nourished the thought. Undercover Organism began striving on improvised jams with dynamic rhythms and crescendos. Its sound began ranging from ambient trance to dance heavy electro rock. Having formed in 2009, their fan base has supported them in being recognized as a band that experiments with a new electronic jam sound unlike anything the area has ever offered, yet resonates with exactly what people are looking for in live music. Mixing live electronics with the four piece live band, Undercover Organism has shown that it is capable of turning any place they play into a rockin’ dance party. Funk, jazz, rock, dubstep, dance, electronica, none of it is out of the question. Many sets are purely improvised with ever changing sounds, instruments, and musicians. Undercover Organism is constantly evolving and always finding new ways to keep the crowd moving. Engulf yourself in the electric sound waves of Undercover Organism.
We are Conundrum, a jam trio from Milwaukee who combine all types of music from jazz to electronic to punk to ambient, all in a guitar/bass/drum trio. We never play the same song twice but like to create new jam journeys for every show so it is a new experience for us and you. Guitarist, Alex, brings unmatched energy to the stage by utilizing close to 20 guitar pedals to create electrifying sounds that get the crowd moving. Charlie, the drummer, adds another level of complexity to the mix through his incredibly fast, yet precise drumming. Owen not only lays down a heavy bass line sure to get everyone dancing, and also adds vocals to Conundrum's songs. When put together these three create a power trio that leads to very energetic performances.
Alex Klosterman - Guitar
Owen Reed - Bass/Vocals
Charlie Celenza - Drums
Bandcamp (Debut Album "Physiognomy" here):