Sean Hodge w/ High Heat
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"Fever Dream CD Review"

Sean Hodge's music is the new folk, steeped heavily in the traditions of Appalachia and the improvisational genius of Jerry Garcia. Sparse and stripped down but with lush warmth all at once, this is the folk of the West Coast: raw, unpolished, but vast, without boundaries, expansive as the ocean that it gazes out onto. In a time of voices defined by a lack of authenticity, here is one defined by its starkness and integrity. And that just happened. - Tim Bare


Sean Hodge Solo Album: Fever Dream
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When Peter Lull of SpaceNug Presents came across the Golden Garden on the UC Berkeley campus, Sean Hodge's guitar was screaming out into the halls of the empty art department. This fantastical week of non-stop music was the beginning of an era in Berkeley. Peter introduced Sean to Adam Bowers, Steel Guitar, and High Heat was formed at the Boom Boom Room in San Francisco. After a year of playing as an acoustic duo or trio, the band began to play electric sets. With Ryan Lukas on bass joined by Brian Huston on drums, the group is setting stages aflame.

High Heat has enjoyed residencies at the Boom Boom Room in San Francisco, the Sweetwater Station in Larkspur, Ashkenaz in Berkeley, and Peri's in Fairfax. The group recently shared the stage with Country Joe McDonald, Pete Sears, and Wavy Gravy. Other performances include the Starry Plough, Beckett's, the Ukiah Brewing Company, Country Joe's Cafe, the Sweetwater Saloon, the Pelican Inn, the Yosemite Bug, and Blake's on Telegraph. The band is booking exciting shows up and down the coast for 2009 and is looking to extend its reach beyond the Bay Area.

NOTE: Sean Hodge w/ High Heat is essentially 2 bands in 1: an acoustic trio with an extensive repertoire of original music and unique covers and a high energy, melodic electric band.

The acoustic trio is Sean Hodge, Adam Bowers and Ryan Lukas. The group has its own small PA and can play small dinner gigs, headline small venues, and play support for larger venues on nights with folk, bluegrass, or Americana. This group showcases skillful songwriting, beautiful vocal harmonies, and exquisite instrumentals.

The electric band is Sean Hodge, Adam Bowers, Ryan Lukas, and Brian Huston. This group is looking to book venues of all sizes. The band showcases funky folk rock with catchy melodies. It is full of musical landscapes stretching out and enticing the listener on a journey beyond expectation.

Sean grew up in Delaware. He began playing the trumpet at the age of 8. Throughout grade school Sean was focused on music, learning the bass, drums, piano, and eventually guitar. In his late teens guitar took over everything and Sean dropped out of school to play all day. Years of traveling with no direction, minstreling for other wanderers, and hitch-hiking with a flute or a mandolin formed Sean's songwriting voice. In an abrupt shift, Sean went back to school and through California Community College, got into UC Berkeley's music program. Sean studied classical music until it hurt, and discovered the folk melodies that weave throughout so many cultures worldwide. During his time in Berkeley, Sean has grown his fan base substantially, playing for many years in the CAL co-ops and on campus events. Sean has played in bands with a number of up-and-coming Bay Area musicians such as Eliot Randall, Matthew Hansen, and Rob Riley of Fauna Valetta. Sean has a solo album called Fever Dream recorded by Rob Riley at Underfoot Studios in Emeryville,CA