Andrew Ripp “Self Titled Tour” – Tickets – Jammin Java – Vienna, VA – February 17th, 2016

Andrew Ripp "Self Titled Tour"

9:30 Club presents at Jammin Java.

Andrew Ripp "Self Titled Tour"

Swear and Shake, Act As If

Wednesday February 17, 2016

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

GA $15 | Premier Plus $25

This event is all ages

• Full dinner and drink menu available

• The Premier Plus section is a raised area with great views and reserved seats and tables. There is a dedicated server for faster service

Andrew Ripp
Andrew Ripp
For three records, Andrew Ripp has been controlled by fear.

"As a musician, you put your heart into a piece of music that you are promoting as you: It's your heart, your name, your face," he says. "And then you put it out there and people can do whatever they want with it."

With each release, the singer-songwriter found himself increasingly unable to let go of stats, sales, and reviews-and the process was nearly crippling him.

His life wasn't always this panic-ridden. Born and raised outside of Chicago, Ripp was a jock whose musical talents lay dormant until he was a teen. Immediately after high school, Ripp headed for Los Angeles and dabbled in both songwriting and community college. In 2004, he started cowriting with Ryan Cabrera-the Nick Jonas of that era-and four of Ripp's songs made it onto the pop star's next record. That coup bought him a few years of no-pressure writing, but with all of his friends busy with school or work, he found himself alone. And drinking.

"I'm thankful for that time," Ripp says, "but I was an absolute mess."

With support from his now-wife Carly and what he calls his "come-to-Jesus moment," Ripp eventually abandoned the partying lifestyle. Soon after becoming sober, he got a call from Nashville-based artist Dave Barnes, who had two requests for Ripp: to open a few shows for him-and to move to Nashville.

Upon arriving in Music City, Ripp shed his lonely songwriter persona. He partnered with an artist development company, Be Music & Entertainment, and joined Barnes' tightknit singer-songwriter circle, which also includes Ben Rector and Steve Moakler.

Barnes stepped in to produce his second album, and Grammy winner Charlie Peacock helmed his third, 2013's Won't Let Go. As that title suggests, Ripp's anxiety was surging, so he turned to producer Ed Cash for his next project-and some guidance. Through conversations with Cash, Ripp reached a breakthrough in keeping his fear at bay: He'd been free all along, he learned, he just hadn't known it.

"You know how you hear something for the millionth time but it feels like the first time?" Ripp says. "I realized that this fight is not something I can win. I just needed somebody who was willing to pull that out of me."

The newly released Andrew Ripp, was originally due back in January. But after contemplating what he'd recorded, Ripp concluded that it didn't fully represent his two-year-long showdown with fear.

"I thought, 'If this is my last record, this isn't how I want to go out,'" he adds.

In the past, Ripp says, he wouldn't have been able to admit the first incarnation's shortcomings out of concern that he'd messed up budgets and deadlines. But armed with his newfound fearlessness, he regrouped and rewrote. By spring, half of the record had been replaced with bolder, more powerful tracks-like "Animal," a battle cry in his war against fear. The new album, he adds, is the arrival of a new artist.

"It's coming from a very healthy place. I don't want to say I'm not affected by the way people will respond, but I'm more aware of what matters-and it's not how they respond," Ripp says. "What matters is how I got to the place of making the record that I wanted to make. It's the best thing I possibly could have ever done."

Written by Katy Lindenmuth for Nashville Lifestyles
Swear and Shake
Swear and Shake
“I’ve only seen a few artists bring a room to a hush, only to have their audience hooping and hollering moments later, and these four talented Yankees have joyfully mastered their ability to do so. By the end of the first song, we were out of our seats and upfront. Strangers instantly became neighbors as the entire venue was swept up in the action.” – The Blue Indian

Directly supporting acts like The Lumineers, Delta Rae, American Authors, G. Love and Special Sauce, ZZ Ward, and Greensky Bluegrass, Swear and Shake has gone from city to city connecting people in the same way: by taking listeners on a ride through heart-wrenching ballads, only to pick it up on the next song with something people can dance to and lose themselves in completely.

Though both Kari Spieler (guitar, vocals) and Adam McHeffey (guitar, banjo, vocals) performed regularly around the campus of SUNY Purchase College, it wasn't until the final weeks of their senior year in 2010 that they met and recorded "Johnnie," a song Swear and Shake performs to this day.

The bedroom demo of "Johnnie" began to circulate, finding its way to Shaun Savage, who played bass with McHeffey all through high school, and Benny Goldstein, a fellow student at SUNY Purchase, who would later produce Maple Ridge, and ultimately become the full-time drummer for the band.

In August of 2014 the band released its third set of recordings, "Ain't That Lovin'." In November of 2014 the band relocated to Nashville, TN, to begin writing and recording their next full-length record.
Act As If
Act As If
Peter Verdell started his career as an A&R rep for Drive-Thru Records during the pop-punk revolution of the early-mid 2000's, an era which saw the label propel bands like Something Corporate and New Found Glory to mainstream success. Verdell eventually left the label to pursue his own music, and in May 2010 he released his debut LP 'There's a Light' under the name Act As If. Songs from There's a Light were soon featured on TV shows spanning ABC, CBS, MTV, and IFC, and the album was deemed "New & Noteworthy" by iTunes music & "Fuseworthy" by Fuse TV. Additionally, Apple licensed the song "About Saying & Meaning Goodbye" in its OS X Lion demo video.

After the release of There's a Light, an official band lineup formed and Act As If began playing shows around Los Angeles at venues including The Troubadour, The Satellite, Hotel Café, The Roxy, The Glasshouse, Detroit Bar, and Chain Reaction. They recorded 4-song EP entitled 'The Iron Is Hot,' which began receiving attention from buzzworthy blogs including Kick Kick Snare, Buzz Bands LA, and Kings of A&R. The song "Oh My My" was noticed by DJ / taste-maker Kat Corbett who has spun the song numerous times on KROQ Locals Only; the band has subsequently headlined two KROQ Locals Only showcases at The Roxy. A music video was shot for "Oh My My" and premiered on

Most recently, Act As If has finished recording a new full-length album, "Steady," which will be released November 10, 2014. Several media outlets have already begun featuring music from ‘Steady’ including KROQ Locals Only, Fuse, Buzz Bands LA, Pure Volume, Buzznet, and more.
Venue Information:
Jammin Java
227 Maple Ave E
Vienna, VA, 22180