Review and photos by: Kevin Miller
Each time I go to a new show now it is a new experience as I am experiencing these Nashville venues for the first time. This time I took myself over to East Nashville to the Basement East to see Boston’s very on Funk Ambassadors, Ripe. The venue had a great vibe to it (for all those who have been there, it had a smaller Stone Pony feel to it.) Not knowing what to expect fully as I only listened to what spotify has shown me on shuffle I was pleasantly surprised with the whole experience as it was one of THE BEST live performances and shows I have seen in a very long time.
The Brook and The Bluff opened up the show and got the crowds energy stirring. With a soulful funk and powerful harmonies it was easy to get lured in by this band. Bobbing heads, feat tapping eventually grew into individuals dancing to the whole crowd doing a step together which was one of the best things I’ve seen. It just put a stamp on why everyone came to this show, to let go and have a great time.
Ripe took the stage soon after and all I have to say is I AM HOOKED. One of the BEST live vocalists, Robbie Wulfsohn’s runs were absolutely ridiculous. You could feel the passion and conviction behind each note he sang. What sent it over the top was the music his voice was accompanied by. The woodwind section adding a bunch of hooks that could get caught in your head’s for days (today I am still humming Downward and Brother Sky) and the rhythm section was so tight and strong. They sold out the Basement East, a 400 cap room on a night where Whiskey Myers also had a sold out gig (in a city where country music rules) so you should not be surprised when you see them on the rise because that is where they belong. 10/10!