Thursday, August 22, 2013

{RECAP} andrew ripp, matt hires, parachute

Earlier this week, TIOJ finally strolled over to Sixth & I synagogue to catch Andrew Ripp, Matt Hires, and Parachute. We had such a wonderful evening from the great musicians to the viewing the “Hall of Fame” to the tumblers full of wine -- we’ll certainly be making more excuses to get to this unique venue.

Nashville native Andrew Ripp started the show, immediately winning us over with his charming banter and kick drum usage. Andrew switched between crooning to us while playing guitar (at one point encouraging the crowd to “suck face” during his song “When You Fall in Love”) and captivating us at the piano. The entire crowd, whose median age was approximately 16, was so excited for his cover of Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors.” But TIOJ’s favorite was “Rescue Me,” off of his recent album Won’t Let Go, that features country legend Vince Gill.

Next up was Matt Hires. TIOJ got a chance to catch up with Matt before his set (stay tuned for the full interview!), which made getting to see him and his band live all the more exciting. Matt and company put on a great set, peppering in some brilliant covers including The Killers “All These Things That I’ve Done” and The Beach Boys’ “Do You Wanna Dance?” with songs from Matt’s just released album This World Won’t Last Forever, But Tonight We Can Pretend. We love love loved the lead single off the album “Restless Heart.”

Charlottesville natives Parachute ended the night to a synagogue of screaming girls (and some dudes). The band, new to TIOJ, has an extremely dedicated following and it was so incongruous, yet glorious to see young people rocking out so hard in a synagogue on a Tuesday night. Girls were mad swooning to the flirtatious singer during their ballad hit “She Is Love.”

While the music isn’t quite our speed these days, it was so wonderful to see fans so passionate about a band and music in general that we had a great experience. Plus, they had a saxophone, so… we’re good.

Next Up: Perhaps a cameo appearance at Jay Z's Made in America Festival, and then Volcano Choir and Sylvan Esso at 9:30 Club!

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