Brian Ripps

Full set from Terminal 5 – 2/4/2017 – Opening for Wyclef

February 7th, 2017

To anyone and everyone who came out to support, sang along, clapped along, or yelled along with me – Thank you so very much!  And for anyone who wasn’t able to be there, enjoy this video.  There’s plenty more to come.  

Opening for Wyclef @ Terminal 5, NYC!

January 25th, 2017

It is with great pleasure that I announce this continued collaboration.  Please come out and see the show on Saturday, February 4th at Terminal 5 in New York City.

I can’t wait to see y’all there.  Make sure you’re ready to make some noise!

Peace Love and Vocal Harmonies


Sunday Set List 10/16/2016

October 18th, 2016

After we get another few weeks in, I’ll do a side by side comparison and we can start to compile some statistics.  Not only that, but I’ll also be creating some Spotify playlists to reflect our efforts.

What an adventure it has been to feed not only off requests, but also whims of the day, and mid-song communication leading us to make all sorts of decisions, take all sorts of chances and use the music itself plus everything contained therein to carve out a path.  We had three set-list premiers this week, and an awful lot of weaving in and out.  Pretty sweet.  Enjoy the ride!

The Killers – Smile Like You Mean It
Green Day – Longview
Dolly Parton – Jolene
[The Roots – The Seed 2.0 —> Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait]
Don Henley – Boys of Summer
Blink 182 – All The Small Things
Jimmy Eat World – Sweetness
[Derek & The Dominoes – Layla —>Kings of Leon – Use Somebody]
[Silver Sun Pickups – Lazy Eye –>Stereophonics – Dakota]
Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World
Tom Petty – Running Down A Dream
Traveling Wilburys – Handle With Care
Roy Orbison – Oh, Pretty Woman
[Big Country – In A Big Country (intro) —> The Turn – Prove It]
John Mayer – Slow Dancing In A Burning Room
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Under The Bridge
Hozier – Take Me To Church
X Ambassadors – Unsteady *(First play)
Foo Fighters – Everlong
Amy Winehouse – Valerie
Vertical Horizon – Everything You Want
Led Zeppelin – Fool In The Rain
Janis Joplin – Piece of My Heart
Dion – Run Around Sue
Backstreet Boys – Larger Than Life —> Interlude (*NSYNC – It’s Gonna Be Me)
Madonna – Like A Virgin *(First play)
Fuel – Shimmer
Brand New – The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows
Green Day – Wake Me Up When September Ends
Smashing Pumpkins – Tonight, Tonight
Nirvana – Come As You Are
Queen – Somebody To Love
Oasis – Champagne Supernova
Foo Fighters – Times Like These
The Cardigans – Lovefool *(First play)
Alanis Morrissette – You Oughta Know
The Monroes – What Do All The People Know
Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire
Patrick McDermott – One Hit
Brian Ripps – Verge of Breaking
Lady Gaga – Medley (Poker Face, Bad Romance, Papparazzi, Lovegame, Born This Way)
Goo Goo Dolls – Iris
Kings of Leon – Waste a Moment

Seven Thousand Miles Home

October 11th, 2016

After a weekend that featured six thousand miles in the air plus another four hundred on the ground in 24 hours, I was ready to get back to The Playwright to show New York City what Sunday night is all about.

My return from the Seattle area, coupled with John Lennon’s birthday put a couple ideas in my head for some directions the set list might head in, but as always the requests poured in, the themes emerged and we took the ball and ran with it.  The crowd was loud as always and we continued our streak of non-intermissions with the final runtime of this show clocking in at 3hr 52m.  There are some Sunday night mainstays as well as some new additions plus the imagination of an international audience.  Enjoy!  We’ll see y’all next week.

Neil Young – Rocking In The Free world
Britney Spears – Toxic
Muse – Time Is Running Out
Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition
Kinks – All Day & All Of The Night
Hozier – Take Me To Church
Men At Work – Land Down Under
Fuel – Shimmer
Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks
Old Crow Medicine Show – Wagon Wheel
Boston – More Than a Feeling
Pearl Jam – Black
Foo Fighters – All My Life
The Beatles – Ticket To Ride
Backstreet Boys – Larger Than Life
Blackstreet – No Diggity –> Nirvana – You Know You’re Right
Kings of Leon – Waste A Moment
Pink Floyd – Another Brick In The Wall
U2 – With or Without You
Metallica – Whiskey In The Jar
Imagine Dragons – Radioactive
Radiohead – Creep
Alanis Morrisette – You Oughta Know
Reel Big Fish – Beer
Oasis – Champagne Supernova
The White Stripes – 7 Nation Army
Smashing Pumpkins – Today
Elvis – Suspicious Minds
Stone Temple Pilots – Interstate Love Song
Prince – Nothing Compares 2 U
Green Day – American Idiot
Soundgarden – Outshined
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps
Temple of The Dog – Hunger Strike
Van Morrison – Wild Night
The Beatles – Hide Your Love Away
Marc Cohn – Walking In Memphis
Green Day – Holiday *(First play)
Everclear – Santa Monica
The Offspring – Gone Away
Weezer – Hash Pipe
Foo Fighters – Everlong —> The Beatles – A Day In The Life
The Beatles – All You Need Is Love

It Finally Feels Like October

October 3rd, 2016

It was yet another marathon at the Playwright Tavern – a modest 3h 45m set, selected one by one between Patrick, myself and our international audience on the corner of 49th & 7th, in the center of the universe.

Once again, our dear friend Mike Casill came to the rescue as we ran into some early evening automotive troubles.  So, it was only appropriate that we gear our first couple of songs to our rock hero of the evening, who helped us out so much.  We had some brand new additions on the spot (marked below), and did our best not to repeat too many songs from last week while still hitting some staples for our faithful requesters, week in and week out.  Enjoy the list.  See y’all out there this week!

Foo Fighters – My hero
The Beatles – Help
Lovin Spoonful – Summer In The City
AWOLNATION – Kill Your Heroes
Arcade Fire – Wake Up
Pearl Jam – Daughter
Journey – Separate Ways
Metallica – Whiskey In The Jar
One Direction – Story Of My Life
INXS – Never Tear Us Apart
Tom Petty – Learning To Fly
The Black Keys – Lonely boy
Billy Joel – Matter trust *(First play)
KISS – Rock & Roll All Night
The Killers – All These Things That I’ve Done
Temple Of The Dog – Hunger Strike
Bon Jovi – Wanted Dead or Alive
Pat Benatar – Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Mumford & Sons – Little Lion Man
U2 – Where The Streets Have No Name
Phill Collins – In The Air Tonight
Black Sabbath – War Pigs
Hootie & The Blowfish – I Only Wanna Be With You
BORNS – Electric Love
Stone Temple Pilots – Interstate Love Song
Hoosier – Take Me To Church
Mr Big – To Be With You
Counting Crows – Mr Jones
Alice In Chains – Man In The Box
Kings of Leon – Waste A Moment *(First play)
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Soul To Squeeze
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Tuesday’s Gone
Sublime – Date Rape
Jack White – Love Is Blindness
Foo Fighters – All My Life
Pink Floyd – Another Brick In The Wall
Third Eye Blind – Semi Charmed Life
The Turn – Something In The Air
Kings of Leon – WALLS *(First play)
The Fray – Cable Car
Foo Fighters – Everlong

Peace Love and Vocal Harmonies


Sunday after Sunday. . .

September 26th, 2016

The Playwright does it again.

It has now become something of a game set upon ourselves to see how far we can take it at The Playwright Tavern on Sunday nights. This is now the 6th straight week Patrick & I have played at least 4 hours without taking a break and more or less conjured the set list as we went along, with an uncommonly limited number of requests. And what a wacky set we found our way into. Patrick had the great idea of actually keeping track for most of the night song for song, save for a couple of interludes, mashup, and what I like to call “afterthought tags”.

I had played three gigs already this weekend before Sunday night, and on top of that found out that the baseball world had lost a living legend in Jose Fernandez early yesterday morning. The gravitas didn’t set in right away, because it was too shocking and frankly ridiculous to accept as truth. But by the time we were in the car on the way to The Playwright it started to land that the last time I’d ever see the young man pitch was last Thursday and that the immense talent he possessed was now gone from the world, left to carry on as lore for all who love the game now, and in generations to come. I was kind of tired, and emotionally spent, but always ready to dig in to our comfortable 3’x3’ rectangle in the front windows of the pub on 49th street.

What I found was that my energy, so far from being sapped, had been churning and I became overcome with an inarticulable energy, determined to shed light with the devastation and exhaustion I was experiencing. Patrick and I were locked in from the word go, and as the vibe heightened, so did our imaginations and the time ever seems to fly because we allow ourselves to get carried away in the songs. For any who joined us, we hope very much that you enjoyed yourselves as well. We’ll see everyone next week!

The Beatles – We Can Work It Out
Aerosmith – Sweet Emotion
Johnny Cash – Ring of fire
Dire Straits – Money For Nothing
The Killers – Smile Like You Mean It
Stereophonics – Dakota
Foo Fighters – Monkey Wrench
The New Basement Tapes – Kansas City
Oasis – Champagne Supernova
STP – Interstate Love Song
Soft Cell – Tainted Love
Jet – Are You Gonna Be My Girl?
Modern English – I Melt With You
David Bowie – Rebel, Rebel
Blind Melon – No Rain
Ed Sheeran/Marvin Gaye – Thinking Out Loud/ Let’s Get It On
Sublime – Santeria
Kid Cudi ft MGMT – Pursuit of Happiness
Wild Cherry – Play That Funky Music
The Hollies – Long Cool Woman *(first time)
Hozier – Work song
Diddy ft Keisha Cole – Last night
Marc Cohn- Walking In Memphis
Alanis Morissette – You Oughta Know
The Animals – House Of The Rising Sun
3 Doors Down – Kryptonite
The Strokes – Someday *(first time)
Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Bon Iver – Skinny Love
Foo Fighters – Best of You
Mr. Big – Be With You
Oasis – Morning Glory
The Killers – Mr. Brightside
4 Non Blondes- What’s Goin On?
Radiohead – Creep
Brand New – The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows
[The Script – Breakeven
Outkast – Roses]
Thin Lizzy/Metallica – Whiskey In The Jar
Bruce Springsteen – I’m on Fire/If I Should Fall Behind
Kings of Leon – Sex On Fire
Seal – Kiss From A Rose

So Many Thanks. . .

September 16th, 2016


This photo (courtesy of ShootMePeter) goes a long way to describe a great many things I’d have to say for myself, and everyone else involved with this past Monday night at Webster Hall.  I set out to cultivate an experience and feel I was wise enough to ask for help from a group of friends that have only ever brought the best out of me over the varying course of years I’ve known them all.  Everyone came to play.  Everyone came prepared.  Everyone contributed their seasoning and spice to a night that was truly brimming with flavor.  Lucky guy.

I am forever thankful.  I am warmed and humbled by the love and affection that flowed both ways from stage to crowd and back.  I am still filled with the joy we all felt together sharing the stage on a Monday evening.  And more than ever before I am inspired to set the bar even higher for this growing family and again exceed expectation.

Cheers to all of our collective evolution and to being part of the proof that music speaks where words cannot.

Thank you.

Peace Love and Vocal Harmonies

Brian Ripps

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Two Gigs in One

August 22nd, 2016

It was bound to happen at some point. When I tell people we play from “nine until forever” at The Playwright Tavern 49th St on Sunday nights, I’m not jokin’ around.

Patrick McDermott and I played our last note at 2:25AM on MONDAY morning 8/22 after starting at 9PM on Sunday 8/21.  On a highly anomalous note, we didn’t play any Beatles songs, but we did repeat one song which was Seal – Kiss From A Rose, making appearances as the 11PM number AND the 2AM number.

Other fun facts about this 95% request driven set list,

  • We played consecutive songs written by Bruce Springsteen, namely Because The Night and Blinded By The Light.  Those of you who know us best are aware we wouldn’t usually do that.  In this case however, given that the Boss never released Because The Night (it was co-written with Patti Smith, whose version was the definitive until 10,000 Maniacs put it on their MTV Unplugged record) and Blinded By The Light was made most famous by Manfred Mann, and in fact hit #1 (Bruce’s only number one, by the way) we thought that’d be a fun loophole.
  • Show staples Sex on Fire & Use Somebody (Kings of Leon)  CONTINUE to ignite crowds the world over no matter when in the set you play either one.  We have had those two in steady rotation since the release of Only By The Night in September of 2008 and it never gets old seeing people reconnect with the songs.  Instagram seems to suggest that the Kings have a new record on the way before too long.  A Sept-Oct release and subsequent tour wouldn’t surprise me at all.
  • Owing to the absurd humidity and occasional disfunction of the air conditioning unit, we not only elected to break out one of our seasonal favorites Summer In The City by The Lovin’ Spoonful (featured prominently in Die Hard: With A Vengeance), we also lost no fewer than 15 strings between the two of us over the marathon set.
  • We had visitors from as far afield as Australia, Mexico, Germany & Ireland and as near as Jersey. . hence the Bruce.
  • Breedlove guitars really stand up to the beating we put on them night after night, week after week, month after month.
  • We gave Blur/Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn a run for his money in terms of show length, and we weren’t forcibly removed.
  • You haven’t rocked in New York City until or unless you’ve Rocked with The Turn.  Luckily, we’re always out there and you’re always invited.

The bar has been set and reset by crowds at The Playwright over many years.  This was a very special evening and there’s plenty more to come.

See y’all soon.

The Upstate Swing and what’s to come. . .

August 16th, 2016

Seedstock Festival w/ The Jackson Massive Cortland, NY 8/13/2016

The aftermath of the wedding reception at Hayloft on The Arch, Vernon Center, NY 8/12/2016

The aftermath of the wedding reception with The Turn at Hayloft on The Arch, Vernon Center, NY

Screenshot from our Periscope feed at Bru 64, Cortland, NY, 8/11/2016

Screenshot from our Periscope feed at Bru 64, Cortland, NY, 8/11/2016

Needless to say this was an exciting road trip featuring Gabe Cummins playing every instrument in existence, the one and only Patrick McDermott (who has a new EP on the way himself) playing bass and keys, and the 10+ hours in the car allowed for some prospecting of what you can expect for the rest of this year.  Here’s what I’ve got for you!

  • A yet to be titled Brian Ripps EP
  • Hates Me, The first official single from The Jackson Massive
  • A new EP from The Turn featuring two previously unreleased tracks and a brand new song.

Between now and then, tickets are on sale for CONTINUUM 10 at Webster Hall which will also be my birthday party and all I want is for you to come and see it.

More news forthcoming, I promise.  Thank you all so much for following along.  I’ll see you out there.

Peace Love and Vocal Harmonies




July 10th, 2016


As you may have seen!  The pieces are coming together and there are already so many thank you’s to say I barely know where to start.  For now:

  • Get your tickets here and check back for updates as more details come in.  Thank you so very much in advance for being a part of this!

Peace Love and Vocal Harmonies