Hembree, Copilot

Higher Ground Ballroom
All Ages
Ripe w/ Hembree, Copilot at Higher Ground

$20 advance | $23 day of show

Ripe: " We care so much about everyone involved in our community so we will be requiring proof of full COVID-19 vaccinations for all of our upcoming headline shows."

Proof of vaccination can be your physical vaccine card or a photo of your card.

On a primal level, we react to music through movement.

A head-nod, a foot-tap, or a handclap certainly shows appreciation, but dancing seals the eternal bond between audience and musician. Siphoning the spirits of rock, funk, R&B, jazz, and pop through a kaleidoscope of unpredictable and virtuosic improvisation, Boston-based Ripe consistently bring people to their feet. Most importantly, they prove that “dance music” in its purest form doesn’t have to come from computers and synthesizers. It can be an unstoppable groove or an extended moment of ecstatic release. Like those bodies moving on the floor, it’s the result of the energy, friction, and communication between living and breathing people. An inimitable and indefinable chemistry has separated and singled out Ripe since day one. Subverting any and all standard genre boundaries once again, their latest offering confidently continues that tradition. These five musical soulmates —Robbie Wulfsohn [vocals], Jon Becker [guitar], Sampson Hellerman [drums], Calvin Barthel [trombone], and Nadav Shapira [bass]—once again incite listeners to move on their full-length debut, Joy In The Wild Unknown.

“What we make is music you can dance to,” affirms Robbie. “We’re drawn to the peak of a song—the emotional catharsis when everything comes out. It’s all about reaching that moment. The revelation comes back to us when bodies shake with joy.”

“Every time we play, something unique happens,” adds Jon. “You’ll never see the same show twice. We want to bring that unexpected element into the pop sphere.”

Ripe brings the swagger of funk filtered through a rock anthem, a musical journey that somehow gets as stuck in your head as your favorite pop banger.

Formed during their Berklee College of Music days, the boys have built a rabid fan base through tireless gigging and a steady stream of music. Following their debut collection of songs, Produce The Juice EP, the 2015 Hey Hello EP yielded fan favorites “Goon Squad,” which clocked over 4 million Spotify streams. The band then raised the stakes with their debut album, Joy In The Wild Unknown, which represented a creative journey as Ripe became a national presence. The band tapped the talents of producer Cory Wong of Vulfpeck behind the board. Additionally, five-time GRAMMY® Award winner Joe Visciano [Mark Ronson, Adele, Beck, Coldplay] mixed the music, while mastering came courtesy of Randy Merrill [Lady Gaga, Lorde, Imagine Dragons, Taylor Swift].

Over the course of twelve songs, it finds the elusive sweet spot between jaw-dropping technicality and airtight songcraft as Ripe collectively kick off a fresh, focused, and fiery next phase. Averaging over 250K monthly listeners on Spotify, the group landed looks from the likes of WXPN, Huffington Post, Verge Campus, Boston Globe and Hype Machine love from sites like Ear to the Ground and Indie Obsessive. Along the way, they also hit the stage at festivals such as SweetWater, Levitate, The Rock Boat, High Sierra, LaureLive, Brooklyn Comes Alive, Audiotree, and Summer Camp.

The common thread would always be the translation of their individual interplay to their audience, one that Ripe views as not just fans, but old and new friends; an extended family that is rapidly growing as their sound spreads and their world deepens. Ripe gives the same weight to happiness as is often given to sadness. Their music signifies more than just a distraction from your troubles for a few hours - it’s an experience of connection and acceptance; a warm welcome into their world. In the end, this Joy is shared by an ever-growing community that’ll be dancing every time Ripe roll through town.

The Kansas City-based indie rock band Hembree have shared a new single, the loose-limbed and vibrant “Reach Out,” which underscores the humanity of Hembree’s genre-averse pop-rock style. The band’s Isaac Flynn shares, “It’s about how society treats the poor, and how people are too embarrassed and neglected to ask for help. You lose touch with reality, which could happen to anyone.” The eye-popping animated video for “Reach Out” was directed and illustrated by Carpenter Collective with animation by Igor + Valentine.

“Reach Out” marks the first bit of music Hembree has released since their debut album, 2019’s House on Fire. Coming off a stretch of touring the band were ready to channel the energy of being on the road into their next artistic statement. They found themself in the studio before the pandemic and when the world shut down, it gave the band an opportunity to look inwards and refine their own sonic approaches while embracing a newfound maturity.

Copilot is a Rock-Pop band from Boston, MA that was formed in 2018. Maggie (vocals), Ry (guitar, vocals), Jake (vocals), Dylan (drums), Bev (bass), & Jack (lead guitar) were all brought together by one thing. At one point, they were all each other's biggest fans.

Coming together from their own respective musical projects, the powerful triage of singers (Maggie, Jake, Ry) shape the band’s sound. Their blend of harmonies and the unique character of each vocalist allows Copilot to explore a whole spectrum of emotion with their songwriting and create electric live performances. The thick yet smooth sound of the rhythm+lead (Bev, Dylan, Jack) section ties the groups dynamic sound together.

Copilot has toured the North East extensively over the past few years and has shared the stage with incredible acts like Welshly Arms, Hudson Taylor, BAILEN, and Mo Lowda. The band’s latest release, “You’re Beat”, was recorded and produced with Sam Kassirer (Lake Street Dive, Langhorne Slim, Josh Ritter) and is available on all major streaming platforms.

Venue Information:
Higher Ground Ballroom
1214 Williston Road

South Burlington, VT, 05403