Join us for a fantastic evening of music with Erik Yates of Hot Buttered Rum! On this night, Erik will be joined by Hassan El-Tayyab of American Nomad, a wonderful songwriter in his own right. Hassan El-Tayyab will be opening the show, and will also be joining Erik in a number of songs on the Cellar’s stage.
Erik spent his Bay Area youth trying nearly every instrument and style he came across. Piano lessons, saxophone quartets, garage bands and folk songs had all weaseled their way into his life by the time he hit high school. College in Portland, OR, where he studied music and writing, brought new musical horizons, new conspirators (including classmate Nat Keefe) and a new project, Hot Buttered Rum, which would soon take over his life.
After enough time in the non-profit and teaching worlds to know that playing music was the world’s only sensible job, Erik hit the road with HBR to change the world “one bar at a time.” The group has become a platform for all his various trades, musical and otherwise. It pushes his banjo and guitar picking and his songwriting, which he now combines with his knack for wind instruments (flute and saxophones) to give HBR its unique musical palate. Erik has appeared with songwriters Peter Rowan, Tim and Nikki Bluhm, and banjoist Bill Evans (also his teacher). When not on the road with HBR, Erik can be found playing around Colorado and touring in support of his first solo album, Give it Time, out this year on Floating Records.
Chicago’s Hassan El-Tayyab was honored as a finalist in the 2017 Telluride Troubadour Song Competition. Rooted in Americana and folk/swing traditions, his carefully crafted original music maintains a modern relevance. Smart songwriting, catchy lyrics, tight rhythms, rich harmonies, and strong musicianship have already earned Hassan a reputation as a musician that can intrigue listeners from a wide variety of musical tastes and backgrounds. Keeping in line with the ancient troubadour tradition, his music draws from the spirit of travel and authentic life experience.
As usual on a Friday, the tasting room will be open from 4pm – 8:30ish, and the show will run from around 6:30pm – 8:30ish. There is NO COVER, and tips for the artist(s) are always appreciated. Feel free to bring your own snacks/picnic; we’ll be pouring the finest organic sips for the season!