Boston-based seven-piece Ripe are gearing up to kick off their U.S. headline tour at The Pour House in Charleston, SC this Wednesday March 21. The series of dates will run through the spring, making stops in major cities such as New York City, Atlanta, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles and more, providing fans with achance to dance and collectively revel in the magic of Ripe's live show.
The band has just announced that they will be holding a toy drive at each stop on the tour, collecting donations from their fans at all venues and delivering them to local Boys & Girls Clubs of America in each tour market. Please bring a toy to receive exclusive Ripe music! Full routing can be found below!
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"For me, action figures were a huge part of my childhood," says frontman Robbie Wulfsohn. "The idea of being able to play out whatever stories I wanted, whether imitating the real world or fighting space pirates as a time policemen, gave me a way to start making sense of the world around me. I think that if a little of the love we are trying to spread though our music manifested in giving kids the ability to build those worlds for themselves, I would be overjoyed."
Ripe recently announced that they will release their independent full-length debut, Joy In The Wild Unknown, on April 6th. Joy In The Wild Unknown was produced by Cory Wong of Vulfpeck, mixed by 5-time GRAMMY-Winner Joe Visciano (Mark Ronson, Adele, Beck, Coldplay), and mastered by Randy Merrill (Lady Gaga, Lorde, Imagine Dragons, Taylor Swift).
Siphoning the spirits of rock, funk, R&B, jazz, and pop through a kaleidoscope of virtuosic improvisation, Ripe are seven musical soulmates who have built a rabid fan base and rapidly growing community of friends and followers with their unique brand of dance music, including fan favorite "Goon Squad" that's racked up over 1 million Spotify streams, and a live show filled with unstoppable groove. They are the swagger of funk filtered through a rock anthem, a musical journey that somehow gets as stuck in your head as your favorite pop banger. Ripe finds the elusive sweet spot between jaw-dropping technicality and airtight songcraft on songs like lead single "Little Lighter," with its simmering bass line and funked-up guitars, and the dynamic, hypnotizing delivery of "Flipside." With Joy In The Wild Unknown, Ripe collectively kick off a fresh, focused, and fiery next phase.
Ripe are Robbie Wulfsohn [vocals], Tory Geismar [guitar], Jon Becker [guitar], Sampson Hellerman [drums], Josh Shpak [trumpet], Calvin Barthel [trombone], and Nadav Shapira [bass].
RIPE 2018 TOUR DATES:
March 21 Charleston, SC @ The Pour House
March 22 Asheville, NC @ Isis Restaurant & Music
March 23 Charlotte, NC @ Visulite Theatre
March 24 Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
March 25 Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern Café and Music Hall
March 28 Birmingham, AL @ WorkPlay Theatre
March 29 Atlanta, GA @ The Loft
March 30 Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
March 31 Fort Pierce, FL @ Hooked On Music Festival 2018
April 4 Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
April 5 Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry
April 6 New York, NY @ The Bowery Ballroom
April 7 Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground
April 11 Nashville, TN @ The Basement East
April 12 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
April 13 Milwaukee, WI @ The Back Room
April 14 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
April 15 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
April 18 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
April 19 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
April 20 Missoula, MT @ Top Hat
April 21 Seattle, WA @ Barboza
April 22 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
April 24 Chico, CA @ Lost On Main
April 26 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
April 27 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
April 28 San Diego, CA @ Voodoo Room
April 29 Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
May 2 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
May 3 Dallas, TX @ Cambridge Room
May 4 Austin, TX @ Mohawk
May 5 New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
May 27 Cleveland, OH @ Catch Meaning Music Fest
July 7-8 Marshfield, MA @ Levitate Music & Arts Festival