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Ripe

October 21, 2022
DOORS - 6:00 PM
AGE - 21+
It’s been a cold, cold winter here in St. Louis, and we could all definitely use a night of white-hot funk to dance those chills away. Luckily, Ripe is happy to oblige. The Boston-based band (once a seven-piece, now a quintet augmented with a touring trumpeter) blends the sounds of ‘70s funk and soul with a little ‘80s blue-eyed soul and a little rock n’ roll strut to form a sound that’s sure to get toes tapping and hips swaying.

It all starts with the funky groove laid down by drummer Sampson Hellerman and bassist Nadav Shapira, topped by the chug-chugga guitars of Jon Becker and Calvin Barthel’s blaring, joyous trombone to add that Earth, Wind & Fire kick. Frizzy-haired frontman Robbie Wulfsohn caps it all off with a voice as if Eddie Money could sing as sweetly as Darryl Hall—silky smooth, with just the right amount of grit. The band clearly worships at the altar of ‘70s Stevie Wonder (that’s a very good thing), but with a retro-modern sound that could sit comfortably alongside Allen Stone or St. Paul & The Broken Bones. Ripe has grooves for days and instrumental chops to spare, and with nearly a decade of performing under their belts, it’s probably a safe bet that they can recreate their lush sound live.

A recent run-in with COVID necessitated the band to shuffle some tour dates around, resulting in the band’s upcoming visit to St. Louis getting promoted to the opening show of the tour. Let’s hope the Old Rock House’s ample dancefloor proves ample enough. | Jason Green

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Details

Date:
October 21
Time:
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm PDT
Cost:
$9.21
Event Category:
Website:
https://www.ripetheband.com/

Venue

Virginia St. Brewhouse

Organizer

Perk Productions