Presented at The Essex Experience Green
A head-nod, a foot-tap, or a handclap certainly shows appreciation, but dancing seals the eternal bond between audience and musician. Siphoning the spirits of rock, funk, R&B, jazz, and pop through a kaleidoscope of unpredictable and virtuosic improvisation, Boston-based Ripe consistently bring people to their feet. Most importantly, they prove that “dance music” in its purest form doesn’t have to come from computers and synthesizers. It can be an unstoppable groove or an extended moment of ecstatic release. Like those bodies moving on the floor, it’s the result of the energy, friction, and communication between living and breathing people. An inimitable and indefinable chemistry has separated and singled out Ripe since day one. Subverting any and all standard genre boundaries once again, their latest offering confidently continues that tradition. These five musical soulmates —Robbie Wulfsohn [vocals], Jon Becker [guitar], Sampson Hellerman [drums], Calvin Barthel [trombone], and Nadav Shapira [bass]— once again incite listeners to move on their full-length debut, Joy In The Wild Unknown.
“What we make is music you can dance to,” affirms Robbie. “We’re drawn to the peak of a song—the emotional catharsis when everything comes out. It’s all about reaching that moment. The revelation comes back to us when bodies shake with joy.”
“Every time we play, something unique happens,” adds Jon. “You’ll never see the same show twice. We want to bring that unexpected element into the pop sphere.” Ripe brings 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.
Formed during their Berklee College of Music days, the boys have built a rabid fan base through tireless gigging and a steady stream of music. Following their debut collection of songs, Produce The Juice EP, the 2015 Hey Hello EP yielded fan favorites “Goon Squad,” which clocked over 4 million Spotify streams. The band then raised the stakes with their debut album, Joy In The Wild Unknown, which represented a creative journey as Ripe became a national presence. The band tapped the talents of producer Cory Wong of Vulfpeck behind the board. Additionally, five-time GRAMMY® Award winner JoeVisciano [Mark Ronson, Adele, Beck, Coldplay] mixed the music, while mastering came courtesy of Randy Merrill [Lady Gaga, Lorde, Imagine Dragons, Taylor Swift]. Over the course of twelve songs, it finds the elusive sweet spot between jaw-dropping technicality and airtight songcraft as Ripe collectively kick off a fresh, focused, and fiery next phase. Averaging over 250K monthly listeners on Spotify, the group landed looks from the likes of WXPN, Huffington Post, Verge Campus, Boston Globe and Hype Machine love from sites like Ear to the Ground and Indie Obsessive. Along the way, they also hit the stageat festivals such as Bonnaroo, Firefly, McDowell Mtn Music Festival, SweetWater, Bottlerock, Electric Forest, Levitate, High Sierra, LaureLive, Sea.Hear.Now and Summer Camp.
The common thread would always be the translation of their individual interplay to their audience, one that Ripe views as not just fans, but old and new friends; an extended family that is rapidly growing as their sound spreads and their world deepens. Ripe gives the same weight to happiness as is often given to sadness. Their music signifies more than just a distraction from your troubles for a few hours - it’s an experience of connection and acceptance; a warm welcome into their world. In the end, this Joy is shared by an ever-growing community that’ll be dancing every time Ripe roll through town.
THE ESSEX EXPERIENCE
Located on the campus that used to be known as The Essex Outlets and Cinema, The Essex Experience is an effort to reclaim retail spaces and turn them into cultural centers. You can spend a whole day here with Black Flannel Brewery, Black Flannel Distillery, Magic Man Cannabis Cafe, Uncommon Coffee, Arthound Gallery, The Mad Taco, The Double E Performance Center, Essex Cinemas, and so much more.
The Essex Experience has been hard at work during the pandemic to prepare our spaces for the return of community gatherings. A new stage will be gracing our green by the beginning of the summer, and we're excited to throw some parties.
IT'S NO SECRET THAT THE EVENTS INDUSTRY HAS BEEN UNIQUELY IMPACTED BY THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC. AS AN INDUSTRY THAT RELIES ON BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER, SITTING EMPTY FOR MORE THAN A YEAR HAS BEEN TOUGH. IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT WE ALL FOLLOW GUIDELINES TO CONTINUE THIS PATH TOWARDS NORMALCY - NO MATTER HOW MUCH WE WANT THE PANDEMIC TO BE OVER, ITS NOT - AND THE RISK OF CLOSING BECAUSE OF COVID IS EVER LOOMING. PLEASE - BE SMART, BE SAFE, AND PLEASE LISTEN TO OUR VENUE GUIDELINES
- This event is placed entirely on The Green but may spill over into the parking occasionally, The Green has become an even more special place to us in the last year, as it has allowed The Double E to continue to host live music, entertainment, and community events while in observance of social distancing guidelines
- Face masks are required anytime you exit your pod.
- Please plan on arriving with the group of folks you would like to be seated with, ticket holders are required to arrive at the show with the others in their pod.
- When you arrive and park in the Essex Experience parking lot, you will be ushered to your designated pod and be included to social distance throughout the show.
- We encourage that you bring low back lawn chairs and blankets
The Double E Performance Center takes Coronavirus seriously. We recognize that the success Vermont has experienced is because of the respect Vermonters have shown for the required guidelines. Trust Us - we wish we could pack our green too! Until that time comes, we're eager to continue to support live music, while keeping people healthy. Please follow guidelines while at our venue or you will be asked to leave.
Please reach Info@DoubleEVermont.Com for questions