Hypnotic Clambake has enjoyed years of success as the band with the funny name and unmistakable groove. Their debut album, Square Dance Messiah (1990), merged reggae with bluegrass and American Folk. This breakthrough album sold tens of thousands of copies nationwide. Gondola to Heaven (1993) was the band’s second studio release. 1995, Kent the Zen Master featured experimentation with a horn section, which added a rich sound. They were invited to perform at the Montreal Jazz Festival. After three studio albums and extensively touring, they captured the live experience with their 1998 album Frozen Live. Homebrewed in their new private studio, Varicose Brain (2001) explored themes of love, loss, truck driving, and mad cows. This album offers an example of the band’s humorous and witty artistry. The band also released a live 2-CD set performed in Rutland, Vermont for New Year’s 2000. They have performed in countless festivals, including the Winnipeg Folk Festival in Canada, the High Sierra Festival in California, the Decatur Celebration in Illinois, and annually hosts their own O.U.R. Music Festival in upstate New York. They have shared the stage with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Bim Skala Bim, Dave Matthews Band, and Phish. Hypnotic Clambake’s most recent release, Mayonnaise, brings three-part harmonies to the forefront. Hypnotic Clambake’s music cannot be pigeonholed into one particular style or genre. Its energy is difficult to describe; it simply must be experienced.
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