2018 Music Lineup
You won’t want to miss the special live music performances from this mix of up and comers, long-time favorites and current chart toppers. For Riders, friends and family at the Friday Night Opening Ceremony BBQ Bash from 5:00 to 8:00 PM and Saturday after the Ride. Music performances are free and open to all Riders, friends and family …all at the Fairfield County Hunt Club. Here’s who playing at the 2018 Ride:
*100% of the music and food costs for the event are provided by private donors*
Friday Night Music Line Up
Oak & Ash (click here) perform at 6:30 p.m.
Hailing from New York City, Oak & Ash formed in late 2014 and set out to change the landscape of the Pop/ Rock scene with a variety of soulfully written and performed original records. Their explosive anthems, soaring guitar solos, soulful vocals, and recognizable pop song structure, has been compared to a mix between Kings of Leon, Maroon 5, and Coldplay. In August of 2016 they were named the winner of Newsday’s Battle of the Bands contest and in early 2017 they were named the winner of Bon Jovi’s “Opening Act Contest”. Just over three years after its formation, the group has booked renowned venues such as The Gramercy Theatre, Irving Plaza, The Paramount Theatre, Webster Hall, and most recently Madison Square Garden, opening for Bon Jovi. For more information about Oak & Ash and their music, click here.
Saturday Music Line Up
Christian Lopez (click here)
An Americana-pop hybrid shaped by the rootsiness and history of West Virginia, Christian Lopez has only made two albums (his second, Red Arrow, comes out September 22nd), but the West Virginia tunesmith has already worked with two of the most respected roots producers in the business – first Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton) and now Marshall Altman (Will Hoge, Frankie Ballard’s El Rio). Only 21, he’s crossed the 1 million Spotify streams threshold with “Will I See You Again,” and by mixing joyful country and folk-rock with an upbeat pop sensibility on Red Arrow, he’s poised for his breakout moment.
Gospel-infused rock ‘n roll from Memphis native, Gedeon Luke and his band, the people have a sound in demand throughout the area. Weaned on the gospel infused sounds of Sly Stone, Curtis Mayfield and Al Green and inspired by the rock ‘n roll passion of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, Gedeon is here to crash through the boundaries of music. For more information about Christian Lopez and his music, click here.
The Hip Abduction (click here)
Sometimes inspiration strikes from the immersion of living in a far away place. Sometimes, inspiration stems from a place that everyone can relate to, but maybe no one’s actually been. This is the music of The Hip Abduction, the vibrant St. Petersburg, FL-based collective that formed over a mutual appreciation for West African and early Jamaican reggae/dub music.
The Hip Abduction (THA) began through informal jam sessions and quickly coalesced into a sound that attracted national attention. For “Gold Under the Glow”, the band’s 2016 third full album release, THA engage an indie pop acumen alongside a highly emotive and roots driven sound. The Hip Abduction featuring David New (lead vocals, guitar), Chris Powers (bass), Dave Johnson (baritone, tenor sax), Cody Moore (keyboards, sax), Matt Poynter (drums, vocals) and Justino Walker (guitar, vocals, sitar) have shared stages with the likes of Grace Potter, Galactic, The Revivalists, Ziggy Marley, Umphrey’s McGee, Thievery Corporation, Matisyahu, 311, Galactic, Moon Taxi and more. For more information about The Hip Abduction and their music, click here.
Band Together (click here)
We are thrilled to have musician Rob Fried, founder and musical director of Band Together, performing at the Ride! The Fairfield-based non-profit group has attracted music industry headliners to perform in ensembles covering a wide range of music genres. Rob has worked with Paul Newman, Meryl Streep, Christine Ohlman of Saturday Night Live fame, Alternate Routes and internationally acclaimed indie artist, PJ Pacifico, a Connecticut native who is also a cancer survivor. For more information about Band Together, click here.