Alive After Five: Ripe 

Grove Plaza, Wednesday, Aug. 29

The curls that corkscrew from Ripe lead singer Robbie Wulfsohn's head are matched in enthusiasm by his voice, which trumpets rock-, funk- and soul-infused refrains so tight it's almost impossible not to bob your own head along. It's not an overstatement to say that every song produced by the Boston-based sextet is a party in some form, and each one is set to the brassy boogy of trumpet, trombone, saxophone and EWI, an electronic wind instrument hardly heard on the radio. The band's first full-length album, Joy in the Wild Unknown (self-released, 2018) just dropped this April. The Prelude Press called it "one hell of an entrance," but Boiseans can judge for themselves when Ripe appears at Alive After Five on Wednesday, Aug. 29. As if its sound weren't uplifting enough, Ripe asks fans to bring children's toys to each concert, which it donates to local Boys & Girls Clubs of America in exchange for free downloads.

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