Apr 152017
 
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Ripple‘s 5th Annual Shakedown on Market Art Show!

Ripple has partnered with Down by Downtown to host a fun festival themed Arts and Crafts Faire called “Shakedown on Market Art Show” from 10-4 on Saturday April 22nd to coincide with all of the fabulous music happening during the Music Festival that day 🙂

Check out the AMAZING line-up we have this year!!!!!!

Tom Phelps Studio… FACE POTS!!!
Inkular Gallery, with their mobile gallery, a magical 40′ BUS!!!
Sublime Creations… Art, Crochet, Hula Hoops, Jewelry, MORE!
Niya’s Mystic Creations.. Art, Fairy Wares, Face Painting
Psychic Mark Donahue will be doing TAROT READINGS!!!
Misty Mountain Wares.. Tie Dye!!!
Jaimie Phillips… Fine Art and Merchandise
Emily Williamson… Fine Art and Merchandise
Ironheart Evolution Studios~ Tattoo, Portrait, & Airbrush Art
Son of Beelzebub, Tracy Lupton… Portrait and Horror Art
Art by Travis Ringstaff… Wall Art and Scultures
Third Eye Galaxies … Clothing and Apparel
Fantasy Ever After, Dreams on a Canvas… Paintings
Aura Marvel Jewelry by Jesica Nikol
Solar Moon… Jewelry by Abby Epperly
Nut-E Ties… Tie Dyes
Art and HENNA TATTOOS by Olivia Williams Art
Twisted Twigs Creations… Art and Jewelry
Wooden Creations by Aaron Faulkner
Jewelry from Jennifer Burnham
Art by Destiny Faith
Wire Wraps by Devin Whittaker,
AND
Smiles Forever Animal Rescue will have adoptable pets on site!

Apr 152017
 
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Live Music, Tarot Readings, Cornhole, FREE RAFFLE, and MORE!!!

EVERYONE who comes through the door at Ripple on Thursday 4/20 can ENTER TO WIN the crazy cool Grab Bag of FUN-ness that we will be GIVING AWAY!!! The drawing will be right at closing time so that everyone has a fair chance to enter. The prize can be picked up at any time after and you do NOT have to be present at drawing time to win.

Psychic Mark Donahue will be here from 12-7 offering Tarot Card Readings and other divinition. Four decks to choose from. Glimpse into the Future or the Subconscious, or Communication with Non Physical Beings. $10 per reading, but tips are always appreciated!

James Paul Clark is playing a short acoustic set at 5

Seph Custer and Chris T.K. Wimmer will be playing from 6-8pm

More details to be announced SOON!!! Stay tuned!!!!!

Apr 152017
 
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Psychic Mark Stephen will be here at Ripple on Tuesdays offering Tarot Card Readings and other divinintion. Four decks to choose from. Glimpse into the Future or the Subconscious, or Communication with Non Physical Beings. $10 per reading, but tips are always appreciated!

12 PM to 7 PM

THIS IS A WEEKLY EVENT!!!

Jan 282017
 
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“Meet and Greet” Megan Jean and the KFB here at Ripple prior to their show at Martin’s Downtown!! They were a FloydFest favorite in year’s past and they will be here chilling from 7-8pm so come say Hello! This is a social hour!!! It’s gonna be a partay!!! Come join the FUN!!!

About:

Megan Jean and the KFB, or Klay Family Band, arrange a demented blend of americana, punk, dance, and the avant-garde that they’ve taken to describing as, “a metal band, if it was 1927.”
Inventive percussion, electrified banjo, and a voice like the Devil Herself have earned Megan Jean and the KFB a dedicated following all over the East Coast. Calling the road home on a “never-ending tour,” this transient married duo has taken their nomadic musical lifestyle and transformed it into a kind of Voodoo that unites scenes, fans, and musical styles. This is a band that lives to perform, and is fueled by sheer guts and know how.
In April of 2012, the band was featured on PBS performing their original composition “These Bones” as part of a music documentary series Music Voyager, which broadcast internationally. In July of 2012 they were named the winners of the “Under The Radar Competition” at FloydFest in Floyd VA, which earned them a spot on the main stage in 2013. They have shared the stage with Shovels and Rope, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and Rising Appalachia. On March 1st of 2013, the duo released their 2nd full-length album, The Devil Herself, recorded at the Jam Room in Columbia, SC, and is currently recording their third album entirely analogue.

Check them out here:
http://www.meganjean.net/

Listen to them here:
https://www.youtube.com/meganjeanandthekfb

Jan 282017
 
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tennessee Jed

Come see Tennessee Jed play LIVE right here at Ripple from 2-4pm THIS SATURDAY January 28th!!! This is prior to his show at The Rives that same evening!!!

FREE SHOW!!!! Tips are welcome and encouraged 🙂

About the Artist:

Rockin’ Americana with a Bluegrass Backbeat!

Start with a strong dose of lyrical singer-songwriter acoustic folk. Add a helping of catchy hooks mixed with modern rock arrangements and searing, soulful vocals. Then package everything in a hot-rod Americana string band format featuring some of the Southeast’s finest bluegrass pickers and rockers. The finished product is a smooth blend like fine whiskey, called Soul-Country Pimpgrass! Tennessee Jed’s 3rd release, Stronger, is his most personal recording to date. It tells an abstract tale over the course of 5 songs that focuses on his struggles as a nomad-troubadour; allowing fate, faith, and the allure of his artistic muse to dictate a random course across the eastern portion of the United States. Fusing styles ranging from bluegrassy ragtime and gypsy jazz to crooning singer/songwriter folk and Unplugged era grunge rock, Jed blends a potent acoustic brew that features members of the Infamous Stringdusters, Town Mountain, The Mantras, Blu- Bop (Bela Fleck & The Flecktones Tribute), Cricket Blue, Triplicity, and One Point Five.

Tennessee Jed was born in Tennessee, and has been called “Jed” his whole life. While he was heavily influenced by and still reveres The Grateful Dead, he is not a Grateful Dead tribute act (although he may occasionally pull out a tasty GD cover). Playing guitar at 10 and winning vocal competitions by age 14, Jed went through many musical phases growing up in central NC, playing nearly every style of popular music along the way, from industrial metal to bluegrass, hippie rock to soul and R&B. After a stint backing Billboard-charting country sensation, Jason Michael Carroll, Jed spent a couple of years honing his craft in Nashville, TN while exploring the bluegrass roots of his Southern heritage.

After realizing he wasn’t the standard-issue cowboy Nashville was looking for at the time, Jed conceived of a musical project unconstrained by the image-centric biases of modern country and rock- one that managed to blend his various influences into a cohesive sound that combines the over-the-top instrumentalism and acoustic tones of bluegrass with the attitude, drive, and vocal stylings of hard rock, all while remaining thoughtful, catchy, danceable, and pleasantly unpredictable. In 2007 he returned to NC to begin work on his critically acclaimed solo debut, Acoustica, which featured Robert Sledge (bass) of Ben Folds Five, Andy Thorn (banjo) of Leftover Salmon, and Nicky Sanders (fiddle) of the Grammy-winning Steep Canyon Rangers (comedian Steve Martin’s bluegrass band).

In 2009, Jed relocated to Asheville, NC for his follow-up recording event, Barn Burner, where he again enlisted the help of his diverse musical friends. Two years in the making, Barn Burner features 30 high profile guests including Grammy-winning 7 time Banjo Player of the Year, Jim Mills of Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Grammy winners CharlesHumphrey and Nicky Sanders of Steep Canyon Rangers, as well as members of Leftover Salmon, Emmitt-Nershi Band, The Waybacks, Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, Town Mountain, The Asheville Horns, The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown, The Blue Rags, The Barrel House Mamas, Jon Stickley Trio, and Tiny Boxes. Surprises include a cameo by Chess and Motown Records legend, Sidney Barnes, a rousing rendition of the Jerry Reed classic, Eastbound and Down, a soul-stirring duet with Asheville luminary, Aaron “Woody” Wood, and a playful bonus track reuniting nu-funk pioneers Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band with their former front-man, Josh Phillips (Josh Phillips Folk Festival).

Tennessee Jed currently resides in the Raleigh area of NC, and tours throughout the eastern US solo or with his band. TN Jed has shared the stage with The Infamous Stringdusters, Emmitt-Nershi Band, Marshall Tucker Band, New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Duhks, Chris Barron (singer of The Spin Doctors), Hayseed Dixie, Seth Yacovone Band, The Mantras, and Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, as well as VIP tent performances with Alison Krauss & Union Station and Widespread Panic. TN Jed’s music was also recently featured in the A&E reality television smash, Duck Dynasty, and in Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s new show on TNT, Wakeup Call!

Check out his website here:
http://www.tnjed.net

Give him some “LIKE” love here:
https://www.facebook.com/tnjedband

Listen to him here:
http://www.tnjed.net/media

FREE SHOW!!!! Tips are welcome and encouraged

Oct 192016
 
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Meet and Greet the members of Dead 27s here at Ripple prior to their show at Martin’s Downtown THIS SATURDAY NIGHT!!!!! They were a FloydFestfavorite this year and they will be here chilling from 6:30-8pm so come say Hello! This is a social hour!!! It’s gonna be a partay!!! Come join the FUN!!!

Charleston, SC’s Dead 27s were recently hailed as a “skillful and confident musical team with a penchant for old-school funk rhythms and classic rock riffs.” – Relix Magazine

About the Band:

Genre:
A Southern blend of Rock and Soul

Members:

Trey Francis – Vocals /
Wallace Mullinax – Guitar and Harmony Vocals /
Will Evans – Guitar, Synth, and Harmony Vocals /
Oliver Goldstein – Bass Guitar /
Daniel Crider – Drums and Harmony Vocals

On their debut EP, Dead 27s brilliantly infused rock-and-roll and classic soul with both raw energy and refined musicality. Now with their first full-length effort Ghosts Are Calling Out, the Charleston-based band expands their sound by pursuing their passion for loose and joyful experimentation. Working with a treasure trove of obscure and vintage lo-fi gear, Dead 27s have widened their sonic repertoire to offer up an album that’s boldly inventive but rooted in pure emotion.

The follow-up to 2014’s Chase Your Devils Down—an EP praised by the likes of No Depression, who remarked that “you can feel their music in your bones”—Ghosts Are Calling Out builds off its predecessor’s earthy sensibility and gritty spirit. But while Dead 27s maintain their soulful melodicism and knack for heavy grooves, the new album finds the band crafting gorgeously warped textures that take their music in a thrilling new direction. “Making this album, we wanted to push ourselves and bring much more attention to detail to the production—and at the same time have some fun with all these weird, distorted sounds and tones that we were coming up with,” notes Mullinax.

That creative abandon is palpable throughout Ghosts Are Calling Out, which was produced by Ben Ellman (a member of the funk/rock act Galactic) and mixed by Mikael “Count” Eldridge (a producer/engineer whose past work includes releases by Radiohead, the Rolling Stones, and a Grammy Award-winning effort from Mavis Staples). To record the album, Dead 27s headed to New Orleans and set up shop in The Living Room (a studio housed in a 1930s church by the Mississippi River). While in New Orleans, Dead 27s took advantage of their surroundings by pairing up with local musicians like Pretty Lights touring keyboardist Brian Coogan (who performed on several tracks on Ghosts Are Calling Out). The band also had a major breakthrough when Ellman sent them to the home of Ani DiFranco and her producer/husband Mike Napolitano to borrow a stockpile of gear that would play a major role in shaping the album’s sound. “All of a sudden we had all these new toys and a way bigger palette to paint with,” recalls Francis. Among those toys: a pocket amp, a miniature synthesizer, and an Omnichord (an electric harp-like device that generates what Evans calls “these very ’80s-Nintendo-sounding chords”).

Despite the playfulness of its production, Ghosts Are Calling Out attains an emotional depth first glimpsed on Chase Your Devils Down. “The title for the new record comes from a line in ‘Only One’: ‘Down on Desperation Lane/Ghosts are calling out my name,’” explains Mullinax, referring to the album’s closing track. “It’s about the ghosts of your past experiences, the things that haunt you throughout your life—not necessarily in a bad way, but in the sense that certain experiences just stay a part of you forever.”

In capturing experiences both bad and good, painful and euphoric, Ghosts Are Calling Out endlessly shifts moods and embodies a broad spectrum of feeling—a feat achieved with great help from Francis’s stunning vocal command. Kicking off with the one-two punch of “What a Waste” (a harmony-laced number featuring some fantastically skewed guitar work) and “Queen” (a feel-good track shot through with hip-shaking rhythms), the album then drifts into melancholy on songs like the beautifully bittersweet “Already Dead” and the deceptively breezy “Grey Skies.” “That song’s about someone who’s brokenhearted after the girl he loves leaves him,” explains Francis of the latter. “It’s about feeling like you can’t enjoy yourself at all anymore, and it’s meant to give you the feeling that you’re almost getting past that and moving on to something better.”

Elsewhere on Ghosts Are Calling Out, Dead 27s explore darker territory with “Scarecrow,” a song that threads its sinister guitar riff through lyrics about “watching someone get caught up with a very powerful and negative person,” according to Mullinax. With its sleepy melody, spacey tones, and smoldering guitar work, “Fantastic” slips into dreamy psychedelia but delivers a message that Mullinax describes as “wanting change instead of just accepting things that aren’t exactly right.” On the hymnlike “Emanuel,” the band quietly reflects on the 2015 shooting at their hometown’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. “I was away when that happened, and when I got back I went straight to the church,” says Mullinax. “When I got home that night, the song came together so easily, although now it’s very difficult to play.” And on “Only One,” Dead 27s shake off everyday frustrations and lay down an all-out anthem whose groove gives a nod to the then-recently-departed New Orleans R&B legend Allen Toussaint.

The intense vitality that powers each track on Ghosts Are Calling Out has much to do with Dead 27s’ undeniable chemistry, a force they discovered the very first time they played together. Initially teaming up for a one-time gig at a local festival in spring 2012, Francis, Mullinax, Evans, and Goldstein quickly decided to collaborate on a new project, and soon brought Crider into the fold. Seeking a name for the event, the band began to brainstorm ideas and decided to pay homage to 27s club, a group of musicians known for leaving an indelible mark on American music. The name stuck more for the appreciation of pushing musical boundaries and leaving nothing on the table at live shows, than a direct mirroring of any of the 27s club members sound. In that moment, Dead 27s was born.

After releasing Chase Your Devils Down in spring 2014, Dead 27s earned the Charleston City Paper Music Awards’ Song of the Year prize two years in a row, ranked in the top 24 of VH1’s “Make a Band Famous” competition, and opened for such artists as Earphunk, Galactic, The Revivalists, Marcus King Band, and Tab Benoit. Fast gaining a reputation as an incendiary live act, the band devoted much of 2015 to touring as well as writing and pre-producing material for Ghosts Are Calling Out.

With each show serving as a breeding ground for creativity, Dead 27s mine much inspiration from their time on the road. Along with setting up makeshift recording stations in their hotel rooms, the band continually sources song ideas on the fly: the new album’s “Rainbow,” for instance, was sparked by a strange piece of graffiti carved into the wall of a bar bathroom in Chattanooga. Through that near-constant writing and performing, Dead 27s have vastly strengthened their creative connection and pushed the boundaries of their musicianship. “We’ve always worked in a way where everyone adds their own flavors to the songs, but this album was much more of a collaborative effort,” says Evans. “Each one of us more was a lot more heavily engaged in the whole process, and we ended up trying new stuff that we’re all really excited about and that goes way beyond just having some good new songs to put out.”

Meet the Band:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFrQ5isy82c#action=share

Check out their website:

www.dead27s.com

Oct 042016
 
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Ripple will host a Show and Signing with Robbi Cohn, Legendary Live Music Photographer on Saturday December 3rd, 2016 from 12 – 6pm.

“Robbi Cohn has been photographing musicians since 1984, specializing in images of the Grateful Dead. Her body of work is extensive and prolific and includes many other artists besides the Dead: Bob Dylan, Jefferson Airplane, Rolling Stones, Bruce Hornsby, Sheryl Crow and hundreds of other performers.

Many of her images are iconic and have appeared across the gamut of musical art. Robbi’s work has appeared in Deadbase, Relix Magazine and a myriad of other media. She has done CD work for Bruce Hornsby, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and Steve Winwood. Her images have been used for officially released stamps from Mongolia and Montserrat and have also appeared on J Garcia merchandise hangtags.

She was the first photographer to have ever been licensed by the Grateful Dead and is the only photographer who still retains licensing. Robbi’s primary motivation has been to “preserve the memories” and she continues to capture images from the music she so dearly loves. Music is Robbi’s rasison d’etre!

We hope you enjoy these one of a kind slices of musical history!” – viahttp://www.deadimages.com/

Oct 042016
 
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Meet and Greet Singer/Songwriter Brock Butler of Perpetual Groove and his new project, the Brock Butler Quintet, at Ripple prior to his full two set show at Martin’s Downtown on Thursday October 13th! 7-8pm at Ripple!

You don’t want to miss this casual hang out at Ripple or the show at Martin’s that same night! Well known for his acoustic endeavors outside of PGroove, Brock is coming to the show full electric and has hooked up with area musicians and band mates from several other projects to bring his high energy, melodic rock sound to the stage of Martin’s Downtown. Joining him for the night will be Rob Grice – bass/vocals, T.J. Young – guitar/vocals, Paul Tressell – keys, Seth Mcdaniels – Drums. Sure to be a night not to be missed!

Oct 042016
 
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Stop by Ripple THIS FRIDAY NIGHT, October 7th, from 5-9pm during Roanoke Art by Night – Market Street and check out the Sublime Creations display!

Local Artist, Ashley Reeves will be here with a wide variety of handmade wares! Spray Paintings. Upcycled Vinyl Bowls, Mail Holders, Jewelry and Pendants. Hairclips & Headbands. Crocheted items: Hats-Newborn to Adult sizes, Blankets,Baby Booties, and Scarves.

Great prices too! Affordable, quality, hand-made gifts!

Aug 172016
 
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Sam Cutler, former tour manager of the Grateful Dead and Rolling Stones, will be making a rare U.S. appearance at Ripple on Tuesday August 23rd! This is a FREE EVENT! Come say Hello! Bring a Friend! Buy a Book!

This is the ONLY time you can meet Sam Cutler in person and have him sign one of his books for you in the area, other than Lockn’. The lines will be long at Lockn’. Here’s an intimate setting so you can really say hi and ask a question or two!

Sam Cutler has worked with two of the largest grossing live artists in the world, the The Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead, and therefore been at the center of some of the most exciting developments in the music industry.

He is best known as former tour manager for the Rolling Stones during the time when the band performed at the 1969 Altamont Free Concert. Credited with first describing the Rolling Stones with the now famous line “Ladies and Gentlemen, the Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World…The Rolling Stones!”, Cutler appears in numerous scenes in the documentary film Gimme Shelter which covers the Rolling Stones’ 1969 American tour. Cutler can be heard on the Rolling Stones live album Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! introducing the band, and he is seen in the film Festival Express and the Rolling Stones in Hyde Park film.

Throughout his rock and roll career, Cutler was responsible for organizing some of the largest rock and roll shows in history outside of Woodstock including the Rolling Stones in Hyde Park, the Dead’s participation in the 1970 Festival Express Tour of Canada, The Summer Jam at Watkins Glen (at 700,000+ paid admission the largest single paid admission event in rock and roll history), and the 1972 European Tour of the Grateful Dead, the musical results of which can be heard on the Dead’s triple live album “Europe ’72”.

Recently published by Sam: You Can’t Always Get What You Want: My Life with the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead and Other Wonderful Reprobates. An exhilarating, all-access rock memoir from someone who has seen and done it all, this telling recounts the many experiences of Sam Cutler, the former tour manager of the Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead. With intimate portraits of other stars of the psychedelic circus that was the music industry in the 1960s and 1970s—including Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, the Band, the Allman Brothers, Pink Floyd, and Eric Clapton—this account is a must-read for all music fans. A detailed explanation of the infamous Rolling Stones concert in Altamont is also included.

Come say hello and buy a book!!! This FREE EVENT starts at 6pm!

 RSVP here :
https://www.facebook.com/events/1751204695146076/