Interview with Matt Butler from Everyone Orchestra & REX Jam- play ALL GOOD Festival this weekend!

I caught up with Matt Butler of Everyone Orchestra (EO) while he took a break from doing some mixing in the studio. He is just back from The Oregon Country Fair, and on his way to Marvin’s Mountain Top for All Good 2011. Wherever EO plays, Matt (as conductor) assembles a group of musicians he feels will work well together and conducts them along with the audience and sometimes other performing artists as they embark on improvisational journeys, marching into uncharted territory.

At All Good this year, EO will be playing two sets; the first on Friday at 4:50PM, and the second (a benefit for the music program at a local West Virginia school) on Saturday at 6:15pm -listed on the schedule as The Rex Jam. Whenever they can, EO tries to do something to benefit a local community.

So what kind of excitement is in store for All Good? Since each set is fairly short, Matt has put together some smaller groups that will be able to get right into the music. These musicians will all perform at All Good with their original bands as well, except Matt and his special guest for the weekend, Jennifer Harswick (who among other projects plays with the Trey Anastasio Band). Matt feels that Jenn’s style of singing and horn playing suits his improvisational methods perfectly. I saw her play as part of EO on JamCruise this year, and I would have to agree. Other musicians include Rob Eaton (DSO), Anders from Greensky Bluegrass, and Zach Deputy. One set will comprise the entire band Hot Buttered Rum (Matt used to be a part of HBR), along with That 1 Guy, Drew Heller from Toubab Krewe, and Jenn Hartswick. Matt’s looking forward to some great sounds from that lineup.

So enjoy Matt Butler and Everyone Orchestra at All Good, and be sure to participate. Matt will guide the audience with cue cards as he does with the musicians on stage. I’ll have to wait until Bear’s Picnic for my own taste of EO (he jammed last year with Melvin Seals, Steve Kimock, and many others), and I really wish I could be at All Good, but you’ll have to have double the fun for me!