Ian Ridenhour writes smart, piano-driven alternative rock music with pop sensibilities and a dark streak, or as Sav Buist of The Accidentals puts it: “like Jack White and Ben Folds had a baby.”
Ian is a unique performer. 2016 marks not only his sixteenth birthday, but also ten years as a professional musician. He began drumming with Bismarck, ND-based band Blind Mice at only six years old, the youngest band member by thirty years. He added songwriting the next year, and has never looked back.
In the decade since, Ian has shared the stage with artists like David LaMotte, BJ Leiderman, and The Accidentals, composed classical and jazz music for concert and big band ensembles, been nominated in the same year for Best Percussionist and Best Keyboardist at the North Dakota Music Awards, played on albums by David LaMotte and Bronwyn Holmes, and recorded his own album, 2014’s Quietly Making Noise. In February of this year, he was the biggest winner on Who Wants to Be A Millionaire’s Whiz Kid week. Those winnings funded the new album Cry About It, produced by Michael Hynes at Nomatic Studios in Asheville, as well as two music videos, directed by award-winning Asheville filmmaker Kira Bursky.
David LaMotte says, “It is thrilling to watch an artist begin a public career with as much promise as Ian’s,” which is perhaps what jazz legend Jimmy Cobb meant when he said of Ian, “In a couple of minutes, he’s gonna be a monster.”
Dreamy vocals and guitars, catchy hooks, and a lush musical depiction of youthfulness. Goodfight is the Floridian-led, Brooklyn based flower pop band that improvises shoegaze and spellbinds their audiences with pastel tones. Longing to return home, Goodfight is on tour this July grooving down the east coast and spreading the gospel of this new sound.
Zuzu Welsh Band
The Zuzu Welsh Band is based out of Asheville and is comprised of Dana Koone on drums, percussion and vocals;
Johnny Haisman on bass; Mark Kadowaki on guitar and vocals;and Zuzu Welsh on electric and acoustic guitars and vocals. Together the band has over 60 years of experience playing original and classic rock, blues and roots rock music in front of audiences of all sizes.
In the past 30 months, the band has released two CDs and played nearly 170 shows from Nashville to Chapel Hill to Lakeland, FL and up into southwestern Virginia, with many appearances in and around Asheville as well (White Horse, Salvage Station, Oskar Blues and more).
Together, the band brings a tight solid sound to the stage with a keen ear towards adjusting to what the audience is enjoying, while presenting the mixture of cover and original material. With top-notch musicianship, well-crafted originals and a collection of cover tunes you are sure to enjoy, the band’s primary goal is for the audience to have a great time.