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Thursday, November 5, 2015

MMM Report Feature Artist: Ultraviolet Hippopotamus - by Hemptress Jolene

     If you know me and my love for Michigan Music, then you have heard me mention one of my favorite bands of all time, Ultraviolet Hippopotamus, for hippo-pod-am-i.  When I think of the word stumble, I think of them... for stumble upon them I did.  I didn’t meet the hippo crew because they played an awesome set, (they did play an awesome set, but that came later) I met them because I blocked them from unloading at a small festival.  Yup that’s right.  Picture this:

     It’s a small festival, a few hundred of us, getting together on an early June’s weekend down on Grant’s farm back when he was playing with this band this other great Michigan Band.  The loading area for the festival is the musicians and me, the only vendor.  So, I pull up in between bands and start unloading my stuff, putting up the tent so on and so forth.  It takes me a minute, it is just me and there is a lot of work to do.  And working was just what I was doing when suddenly I hear, “Ma’am, um could you move your car?”

     “Huh.. Oh yeah that, the only way that is moving is when I am done unloading, you can watch or you can help, one way it is getting done quicker and one way it is gonna take longer... When I am done I am smoking this, you can join if you help, but that is how it’s happenin’.”

     My entitled ass didn’t know it yet, but I was talking to the next band, Ultraviolet Hippopotamus and their bassist, the one and only Brian Samuels.  What happened next was the beginning of an epic night and what has become an epic friendship.  Brian looked at the rest of the guys and he and Joey P dug right in, and the rest of the band was quick to follow.  It was as they unloaded my car that I realized they were the next act.  As we smoked the reward I promised, I apologized for being so pushy and told them how excited I was for the chance to hear something new.

     And something new they were.... HIPPO, what is HIPPO?  HIPPO is more than just music or Musik or majik..... HIPPO is a state of mind.... Ultraviolet Hippopotamus is a mystical creature of jam musik capable of infecting those of us intent on pursuing the jamiest of jam.... that is what I found that night, only back then HIPPO was an infant on the edge, a toddler toddling toward a goal.... but they were good.  I love HIPPO.  And that night I joined Camp Hippopotamus, for better or for worse.

     That is what it truly has been!  I am a die hard Hippo FAN.  Drive to TC for Hippo.... why not?  GR for HIPPO, DUH? KZOO for Hippo... who’s in? 3 day Indiana Hippo Excursion, 9 hours away and I am there.  I love Hippo and you would too.   Do you like a well oiled jam machine?  That is what Hippo has become.  I have heard Joey and Brian blend together so well, not even a computer could do drums and bass that, and then you throw Dave Sanders in there.  It is true he’s boss of the keys, for he has rocked out so many hard solos and brought us the Zelda theme.  Russel’s guitar rocks it home and Hippopotamus wouldn’t be hippo without their hand drummer Casey Butts.

     I remember shows in the beginning that were just two of us, die hard HIPPO lovers.... AHHH, found memories of Short’s and their parking lot.  Ultraviolet Hippopotamus truly offers the music lover something special, they jam hard and rage on no matter the rain, the sleet, the shit storm.....they will rock and they do or at least did, until they went on hiatus.... Hippo took a break?!

No shows... NO HIPPO!

     But there is a rumble in the jungle Michigan.  A rumor in the mist.  Hippo is back and better than ever.   Back from Hibernation they will be available for jammy sightings at the Intersection Live in Grand Rapids with the Big Dudee Ru this November 21, 2015.  It is gonna be hot.  I recommend missing it not. 

     Hippo has been and always will be to me Brian Samuels, Joey P, Russell Olmstead, Dave Sanders, Casey Butts, Sam Guidry, Nate Karnes and a few more.  To learn more about this mystical creature of jam please check out their website at

1 comment:


    How much of God's word can you deny or change and still be saved? Did God give denominations the authority to deny and change His doctrine? I do not think so!

    A friend of mine once told me he worshiped on the sabbath. I ask him if he worshiped on Saturday, he said no, our denomination changed the sabbath to Sunday. The problem is denominations are not authorized to change God's word.(NOTE: Christians worship on the Lord's Day, which is Sunday)

    1.There are those who say you do not have to believe that Jesus is the Son of God to be saved.

    John 8:24 "Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins."(NKJV)

    Can you deny John 8:24? And still be saved?(NKJV)

    2. There are many, who claim to be Christians, who proclaim that Jesus is one of many ways to heaven.

    John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.(NKJV)

    Can you deny that Jesus is the only way to heaven?And still be saved?

    3. There are some who change Scripture to conform with their denominational doctrine.

    Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them. "Repent, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.(NKJV)

    Can you say change the translation of(Acts 2:38) from "for" to "because of" in order to validate the denominational position of salvation by faith only, denying immersion in water for forgiveness from sins? And still be saved?

    Can you imply that, shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit actually means, you received the gift of the Holy Spirit before you were baptized? And still be saved?

    4. Can you deny that prayer is worship and then pray to the Virgin Mary and other dead saints? And still be saved?

    Matthew 4:10 Then Jesus said to him, "Away with you Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.'" (NKJV)

    5. Can you deny or change the meaning of Scripture to conformed to denominational creeds and still be saved?

    Mark 16:16 He who has believed, and has been immersed, will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.(The Better Version of the New Testament by Chester Estes)

    Can denominations change Mark 16:16 to say "He who has believed is saved by faith alone and should be baptized as a testimony of their faith? And still be saved?

    Can churches change Mark 16:16 to say "He who has been baptized as an infant has had their sin forgiven and can believe later to confirm their salvation? And still be saved?

    Can denominations change Mark 16:16 to say "He who has believed has been given the choice to be immersed, sprinkled or poured? And still be saved?

    6. Can denominations change Ephesians 4:5 to fit their views? And still be saved?

    Ephesians 4:5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism;(NKJV)

    Can denomination teach there is more than one Lord and still have their members be saved?

    Can you believe there is more than one faith? And still be saved?

    It it possible to believe that there is more than one baptism that washes away sin? And still be saved? (Acts 22:16)

    It it possible to believe that there is more that one baptism that saves you? And still be saved? (Mark 16:16)

    How much of God's doctrine can men deny or change and still be saved?