Sun Feb 14 2016

7:30 PM (Doors 6:30 PM)

SPACE

1245 Chicago Avenue Evanston, IL 60202

$15.00 - $25.00

All Ages

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For three records, Andrew Ripp has been controlled by fear.

"As a musician, you put your heart into a piece of music that you are promoting as you: It's your heart, your name, your face," he says. "And then you put it out there and people can do whatever they want with it."

With each release, the singer-songwriter found himself increasingly unable to let go of stats, sales, and reviews-and the process was nearly crippling him.

His life wasn't always this panic-ridden. Born and raised outside of Chicago, Ripp was a jock whose musical talents lay dormant until he was a teen. Immediately after high school, Ripp headed for Los Angeles and dabbled in both songwriting and community college. In 2004, he started cowriting with Ryan Cabrera-the Nick Jonas of that era-and four of Ripp's songs made it onto the pop star's next record. That coup bought him a few years of no-pressure writing, but with all of his friends busy with school or work, he found himself alone. And drinking.

"I'm thankful for that time," Ripp says, "but I was an absolute mess."

With support from his now-wife Carly and what he calls his "come-to-Jesus moment," Ripp eventually abandoned the partying lifestyle. Soon after becoming sober, he got a call from Nashville-based artist Dave Barnes, who had two requests for Ripp: to open a few shows for him-and to move to Nashville.

Upon arriving in Music City, Ripp shed his lonely songwriter persona. He partnered with an artist development company, Be Music & Entertainment, and joined Barnes' tightknit singer-songwriter circle, which also includes Ben Rector and Steve Moakler.

Swear and Shake has gone from city to city connecting people in the same way: by taking listeners on a ride through heart-wrenching ballads, only to pick it up on the next song with something people can dance to and lose themselves in completely. 

Though both Kari Spieler (guitar, vocals) and Adam McHeffey (guitar, banjo, vocals) performed regularly around the campus of SUNY Purchase College, it wasn't until the final weeks of their senior year in 2010 that they met and recorded "Johnnie," a song Swear and Shake performs to this day. 

The bedroom demo of "Johnnie" began to circulate, finding its way to Shaun Savage, who played bass with McHeffey all through high school, and Benny Goldstein, a fellow student at SUNY Purchase, who would later produce Maple Ridge, and ultimately become the full-time drummer for the band. 

In August of 2014 the band released its third set of recordings, "Ain't That Lovin'." In November of 2014 the band relocated to Nashville, TN, to begin writing and recording their next full-length record.

Andrew Ripp with Swear and Shake & Act As If

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  • Andrew Ripp

    Andrew Ripp

    Pop

    Andrew Ripp creates music that pushes the boundaries of genre stereotypes, blending the energetic beats of pop music into a soul culture and adding the depth and groove of soul music into a pop culture. Since beginning his career in 2005, Ripp's songs and records have successfully impacted a diverse and growing audience including true music lovers: fans that appreciate the nuances of a well crafted album, and easy listeners: fans who simply want to hear a catchy tune.

    Having an awe-inspiring voice is one thing, but knowing how to use that voice to share lyrics and emotion in a way that moves those who hear the songs is quite another. Ripp has grown in this over the years as a respected songwriter with the voice of an artist. Won't Let Go comes on the heels of Andrew Ripp celebrating a #1 album on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart in 2010 with his album "She Remains The Same," which was the follow-up to his debut album in 2008 "Fifty Miles to Chicago." Ripp, who is originally from Palatine, IL and now resides in Nashville, TN, is no stranger to the national music scene beginning his career as a songwriter and co-writing half of Ryan Cabrera's 2005 album "You Stand Watching," including "You Shine On," which landed on Billboard's Hot 100. Ripp has had a hand in writing songs that have been featured on "American Idol," "One Tree Hill," and "Live To Dance."

    Since his last release, Andrew spent time writing and writing, not just creating a few songs and depending on his voice to carry the album. "The good ones," Andrew says, speaking of excellent artists, "they leave space in the songs." And over the last two years, Andrew has learned that skill. Having moved to Nashville with his wife at the encouragement of fellow musician and mentor, GRAMMY-nominated artist Dave Barnes, Andrew settled into the songwriting town and began to hone his talents and grow as an artist, musician, and songwriter.

    His new album, "Won't Let Go," is full of the picks of the songwriting litter, with songs that resonate with the hearer as well as the creator. Working with award-winning producer Charlie Peacock (Civil Wars, Amy Grant, Holly Williams, Switchfoot) Andrew handed full control to him, allowing the songs to drive the recording process, not trying to turn the songs into something they weren't. You can hear that too -- the wrestling, the release, the emotion, the growth of the songs to a new sound that somehow feels familiar.

    The album blends the work of Andrew himself with many other award-winning musicians, songwriters, as well as Peacock and engineer/mixer Richie Biggs, having had a hand in co-writing all 11 tracks. Ripp is deeply proud of what was created, though the price of hard work didn't come without its own challenges and trials. "Won't Let Go" will be the album that reminds us we don't have to figure it all out, just show up. "I did the work," Andrew says, "I gave it everything I have. As I wrote this record, I was writing these songs for me as a way to help me process what I was going through but as the songs came to life, I realized that these stories were for everyone because we all go through hard times and sometimes just knowing you're not the only one can offer a moment of hope."

    "Won't Let Go" documents some of the hardest times in Andrew Ripp's personal and professional life but through hardships come hope and love and no one captures those emotions better than he does on this album. Stand out tracks include the single, "Cool Ya (Nobody Loves You Like I Do)," a catchy tune on the idea that no matter where you are, you are loved; the moving ballad "Just Enough" about how we are all given just enough hope along the way to make it through struggles in life; The up-tempo "When You Fall In Love" that depicts the security of a love that feels just right; the title track "Won't Let Go," that has become an anthem of sorts on the road for Ripp about staying strong through all of life's challenges; and the albums close, the poignant "Rescue Me," which features GRAMMY Award winner Vince Gill, and perfectly caps off Ripp's journey of hitting rock bottom but ultimately discovering the inner strength he needed.

    "A good analogy I was given is: Our lives are like waves, they are always moving. No matter how good or bad things are, you can guarantee it won't be like that forever," said Andrew. "We embrace the beauty of the sunshine because there was rain. We feel joy because we had pain. I've decided to learn to love the difficult times because there's no escaping them, and that's when we grow." This is a theme that plays throughout "Won't Let Go" and one that many listeners will relate to.

    A touring artist as well, Andrew's live performances continue to move the audience in just the right ways. Crowds don't want him to leave the stage when the show is over, and he's not sure he's ready to leave either. He has opened for and toured the country with artists including Jon Foreman, needtobreathe, Will Hoge, Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers, and Robert Randolph and the Family Band. Ripp continues to tour around the country in support of his forthcoming release "Won't Let Go," for the audiences that have supported him throughout the years as well as the new ones he continues to steadily make along the way.

    "This album is rooted in the idea of hope and love," Andrew says, "and it is meant to speak life." Audiences can hear the depth of those messages in every lyric; in every note. Great songs deserve a great record and what has been created with "Won't Let Go" is just that- the record that other musicians will respect, fans have waited for, and newcomers will fall in love with.

  • Swear and Shake

    Swear and Shake

    Americana

    “For a moment the room is silent, hanging on to a heart-wrenching ballad. Then, in just a few chords the crowd is swept back on their feet again, dancing, smiling, and getting lost in the energy emanating from this dynamic band. Kari Spieler’s voice, rich in tone and powerful in delivery, weaves through her and Adam McHeffey’s collaborative songwriting and guitar playing. Shaun Savage’s creative output on the electric bass (and often three-part harmony) makes the partnership of story and sound complete. Collectively these artists, known as Swear and Shake, bring an experience to the stage—a combination of truthful lyrics, passionate performance, and a warming narrative.” –Christina Morelli, The CEO Artist

    After circulating a bedroom demo of their first song, "Johnnie," Swear and Shake began their adventures of fiercely writing songs and playing them out anywhere they could. The Brooklyn-based band released their first LP, Maple Ridge, on their own independent label, Pots and Pans. This release quickly garnered the support of independent blogs, YouTube cover artists, and show-goers across the country. In the next few years of touring, Swear and Shake crafted a dynamic full-band show.

    After years of touring, the band packed up their Brooklyn apartments and headed for Nashville, Tennesse. When asked about this relocation in an interview for Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, Kari Spieler answers "You'd leave for tour and then come back to your part-time job at Anthropologie... Oh, my God—it was horrible. I'd literally be picking pants off the floor and people would recognize me from playing Bowery Ballroom the night before." Spieler sings of this particular experience in "Blouses," one of the first songs written for the new LP.

    Nashville represented change for the band, and enabled them to write their second full-length record, The Sound of Letting Go. During the writing process, the band was heavily influenced by the intricate marriage of band and orchestral arrangements found in baroque pop (think: Beach Boys - Pet Sounds, or The Zombies - Odessey and Oracle) and discovered Richmond-based production house Spacebomb (Natalie Prass, Matthew E. White, Julien Baker) to help realize their musical ambitions.

    Funded by the overwhelming support of their fans and friends on PledgeMusic to create a 10 track LP (13 track deluxe, TBA) that speaks to the band’s experiences of being on tour, and growing as an independent artist. Swear and Shake has slated this new release for spring 2017.

  • Act As If

    Act As If

    Music

    Peter Verdell started his career as an A&R rep for Drive-Thru Records during the pop-punk revolution of the early-mid 2000's, an era which saw the label propel bands like Something Corporate and New Found Glory to mainstream success. Verdell eventually left the label to pursue his own music, and in May 2010 he released his debut LP 'There's a Light' under the name Act As If. Songs from There's a Light were soon featured on TV shows spanning ABC, CBS, MTV, and IFC, and the album was deemed "New & Noteworthy" by iTunes music & "Fuseworthy" by Fuse TV. Additionally, Apple licensed the song "About Saying & Meaning Goodbye" in its OS X Lion demo video.

    After the release of There's a Light, an official band lineup formed and Act As If began playing shows around Los Angeles at venues including The Troubadour, The Satellite, Hotel Café, The Roxy, The Glasshouse, Detroit Bar, and Chain Reaction. They recorded 4-song EP entitled 'The Iron Is Hot,' which began receiving attention from buzzworthy blogs including Kick Kick Snare, Buzz Bands LA, and Kings of A&R. The song "Oh My My" was noticed by DJ / taste-maker Kat Corbett who has spun the song numerous times on KROQ Locals Only; the band has subsequently headlined two KROQ Locals Only showcases at The Roxy. A music video was shot for "Oh My My" and premiered on MTV.com.

    Most recently, Act As If has finished recording a new full-length album, "Steady," which will be released November 10, 2014. Several media outlets have already begun featuring music from ‘Steady’ including KROQ Locals Only, Fuse, Buzz Bands LA, Pure Volume, Buzznet, and more.

Andrew Ripp with Swear and Shake & Act As If

Sun Feb 14 2016 7:30 PM

(Doors 6:30 PM)

SPACE Evanston IL
Andrew Ripp with Swear and Shake & Act As If
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$15.00 - $25.00 All Ages

For three records, Andrew Ripp has been controlled by fear.

"As a musician, you put your heart into a piece of music that you are promoting as you: It's your heart, your name, your face," he says. "And then you put it out there and people can do whatever they want with it."

With each release, the singer-songwriter found himself increasingly unable to let go of stats, sales, and reviews-and the process was nearly crippling him.

His life wasn't always this panic-ridden. Born and raised outside of Chicago, Ripp was a jock whose musical talents lay dormant until he was a teen. Immediately after high school, Ripp headed for Los Angeles and dabbled in both songwriting and community college. In 2004, he started cowriting with Ryan Cabrera-the Nick Jonas of that era-and four of Ripp's songs made it onto the pop star's next record. That coup bought him a few years of no-pressure writing, but with all of his friends busy with school or work, he found himself alone. And drinking.

"I'm thankful for that time," Ripp says, "but I was an absolute mess."

With support from his now-wife Carly and what he calls his "come-to-Jesus moment," Ripp eventually abandoned the partying lifestyle. Soon after becoming sober, he got a call from Nashville-based artist Dave Barnes, who had two requests for Ripp: to open a few shows for him-and to move to Nashville.

Upon arriving in Music City, Ripp shed his lonely songwriter persona. He partnered with an artist development company, Be Music & Entertainment, and joined Barnes' tightknit singer-songwriter circle, which also includes Ben Rector and Steve Moakler.

Swear and Shake has gone from city to city connecting people in the same way: by taking listeners on a ride through heart-wrenching ballads, only to pick it up on the next song with something people can dance to and lose themselves in completely. 

Though both Kari Spieler (guitar, vocals) and Adam McHeffey (guitar, banjo, vocals) performed regularly around the campus of SUNY Purchase College, it wasn't until the final weeks of their senior year in 2010 that they met and recorded "Johnnie," a song Swear and Shake performs to this day. 

The bedroom demo of "Johnnie" began to circulate, finding its way to Shaun Savage, who played bass with McHeffey all through high school, and Benny Goldstein, a fellow student at SUNY Purchase, who would later produce Maple Ridge, and ultimately become the full-time drummer for the band. 

In August of 2014 the band released its third set of recordings, "Ain't That Lovin'." In November of 2014 the band relocated to Nashville, TN, to begin writing and recording their next full-length record.