May 18, 2013
One never knows what to expect with the Matt Butler led Everyone Orchestra, an ever-changing variety of some of music’s finest that has likely already been at a festival near you; each year he is tasked with assembling a cast of players for All Good Festival’s annual Rex Jam, a benefit for the Rex Foundation.
If you are still unsure, think “madman, top hat, dry erase board and random talent being directed by said madman on said dry erase board.”
Indeed at first site it appears that what Butler has managed to do is pull off the title of “successfully traveling musician with the lightest load-in ever” for over a decade. In effect, he has. But along the way, his knack for being fully willing to fall on his face coupled with an obvious sense for where to go next, has resulted in him hosting notables from virtually every standard bearer on the circuit and in the meantime, raise money and spread the message for and of worthy environmental causes.
This night would be no different when bluegrass heavyweights – guitarist Billy Nershi (String Cheese Incident), violinist Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth) and Dobro ninja Anders Beck (Greensky Bluegrass) – and members of some of Colorado’s finest musical exports took the stage before a sold-out crowd at Denver’s Oriental Theatre.
Honest Tune’s Brad Hodge was on the scene to bring back images from the action.
Click on the thumbnail(s) to view photos from the show by Brad Hodge
(see below the gallery for the evening’s full cast and audio)
Everyone Orchestra | 5/18/13
Cast: Matt Butler- Conductor, Billy Nershi (String Cheese Incident), Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth), Anders Beck (Greensky Bluegrass), Dave Watts (The Motet), Jans Ingber (The Motet), Kai Eckhardt (Garaj Mahal) special guests Tanya Shylock and Bill McKay