How many people know the date of the first time they saw each other? The members of Blue Hippopotamus do - January 5th, 2006. Caitlin played a show that night at the North Star Bar in Philly and Chris and Rich were in the audience. One thing lead to another and Blue Hippopotamus became the three of them. (At some point during one thing leading to another Chris and Caitlin ran off to Vegas and got married!)
Blue Hippopotamus has a unique alternative rock style. Caitlin Jaene has a strong jazz singer voice often compared to KD Lang. She is also the bassist of the band, trained classically on the upright bass and has a natural feel on electric too. Chris Mercer creates an ocean of sound and harmonies using his guitar and pedals as one large instrument. Friends refer to his pedal collection as "pedal-topia". His guitar style is the perfect compliment and support to the soaring vocals. Rich makes the whole sound dance with his pounding beats. He is a dynamic drummer who keeps his kit minimal and plays the hell out of it.
The members of Blue Hippopotamus share a love of music and also a love of animals. Caitlin and Chris are vegan and Rich is vegetarian. Anyone interested in literature on animal kindness can find it for free at their merch table at every show. Blue Hippopotamus wants the world to "B Hipp to Animals". Thank you for taking the time to check out the music of Blue Hippopotamus. Spread the word! *Copyright 2004-2010 HippopotaMusic/clmsongs (BMI)
Blue Hippopotamus and/or it's members have played throughout the USA, Canada and Europe at venues such as:
World Cafe Live (Upstairs & Downstairs Stages) - Maxwell's- The Living Room- Sin-e- CBGB's- T.T. the Bears- Dewey Beach Music Conference (Special thanks to Jim Thorpe)- Sighisoara, Romania- The Paradise Lounge- Schuba's- Chop Suey- X-Games- 9:30 Club- Trocadero- Middle East- Canada Air Dome- North Star- Grape Street- TriTone- Rex's Bar- The Fire- Abilene- Buck's- Carnegie Hall- The Pontiac Grille- The Khyber- The Whiskey- The Underscore- The Underground- Acme Underground (now Ace of Clubs)- The Sidewalk Cafe- Cool Beans- and countless others.