Last week, Soho House welcomed a handful of people onto their lavish property for a private show that was sure to make even the stuffiest people shake their hips. After following the very specific directions from the receptionist – take the elevator to the 6th floor turn right and go through the third door on your left and down the stairs – I entered Soho House’s Vinyl Room. Wooden beams lined the ceiling and the parlor chairs and fancy couches that filled the room were pushed aside in anticipation for intense grooving.
Boston-based funky rock septet, Ripe, came to boogie that night. To the left of the stage was the brass section – trumpet and trombone – spitting out notes with furious passion. To the right of the stage was the rhythm section – drums and bass – holding down the beat and turning up the stank face. Center stage, flanked by two groovy guitarists was lead vocalist Robbie Wulfsohn – his hair almost as big as his personality.
Ripe just put out their debut album Joy in the Wild Unknown in the beginning of April showcasing how much fun they have with their music. I didn’t know anything about Ripe before I went into this show but I was grooving along to their music like it’s been playing on repeat for months. It’s so easy to get caught up in the twinkly sounds of the horns and stomp-your-feet beats of the drums, staying still wasn’t an option.
Robbie was the ring leader of the group that night. He kept the crowd engaged as he jumped up and down, ran from one side of the stage to the other, and got in peoples faces giving them a personal serenade (including mine!) all while carrying the weight of an beautiful afro that somehow stayed intact throughout the entire performance.
To say that Ripe creates dance music would be an understatement. Ripe creates music that moves everything inside of you. It’s groovy, the lyrics are
catchy and I think my body is still grooving along to “Goon Squad” which I’m totally ok with.
Article: Merissa Blitz