Raleigh Ritchie

Raleigh Ritchie (9:00 PM)

Welfair (8:00 PM)

Mon, May 8, 2017

7:00 pm


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Raleigh Ritchie - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Raleigh Ritchie
It's a bold artist who opens their first album with the line "I'm gonna live forever", and that's exactly how Raleigh Ritchie chooses to announce his arrival on ‘You’re A Man Now, Boy’ - his debut album which was released earlier this year. But the 26-year-old is far from your typical cocky pop star. And the initial bravado that explores the follies and excesses of youth eventually gives way to a more settled, mature individual. In short, it’s about growing up. That’s not to say Ritchie is totally there yet.

“People are telling me I’m a man but I so often still feel like a child. But at the same time I feel like my personal relationships have progressed and I’m wiser. So it’s really about that feeling of being in between stages and grappling with getting older. It’s about questioning why we need to grow up. I don’t know what’s happening and I wonder if anyone else does.”

The release of his UK Top 40 album ‘You’re A Man Now, Boy’ was met with widespread critical acclaim. In The Guardian’s 4-star review of the record, the title track was described as “beautifully moving”, with the Evening Standard citing the album as “bold and cutting edge”. New EP ‘Mind The Gap’, out late 2016 and featuring 5 new tracks, serves as an epilogue to ‘You’re A Man Now, Boy’; a continuation and closure of themes explored on his debut album.

Hits from his debut album such as ‘Bloodsport’ and the top 40 single ’Stronger Than Ever’ have meant Ritchie, real name Jacob Anderson, has amassed a passionate fan base, and his music has recently hit over 60 million streams online to date.

This enthusiastic reaction to his work might go some way to explaining how he went from playing free shows at Dalston’s Birthdays to selling out The O2 Forum in such a short space of time.

“I love punk and rock bands and the freedom and unpredictable energy they have so I try and emulate that. I lose my shit a bit.”

His live shows this year were met with critical praise also, as Ritchie embarked on his sold-out UK tour. The Independent compared him to a British Frank Ocean and highlighted that his “exuberant energy mesmerizes crowds”. As well as his headline tour, Raleigh Ritchie played show-stopping performances at Glastonbury, Leeds/Reading and Boardmasters Festivals this summer - all of which saw over-capacity crowds at his stage, desperate to catch a glimpse of him live.

Other artists are getting on board, too. He’s already been invited on tour with the likes of Kendrick Lamar and George Ezra.

Ritchie performed fan favourite ‘Stronger Than Ever’ on BBC 1’s The Graham Norton show earlier this year - he delivered a powerful and arresting performance which saw him backed by a live string section alongside his band. His other singles, the epic string-laden pop of ‘Never Better’ or the synth-led ‘Keep It Simple’ (which includes an appearance from grime star Stormzy) all help give a sense of the kaleidoscopic feel of his work.

Working with a hot roster of producers has helped Ritchie develop his unique vision. His acclaimed collaborators include Sounwave (Kendrick Lamar), Chris Loco (Kwabs), Mike Elizondo (Dr.Dre/Eminem) and DJ Dahi (Drake). But it is his relationship with Justin Broad & Paul Herman (Eminem, Emeli Sande, Izzy Bizu) that has most shaped Ritchie’s sound.

“Paul was one of the first people who gave me a session when I was 17. Justin was his engineer at the time and a few years ago he started to produce himself. I write lyrics and melodies and they produce. Then it’s a back and forth. They are the people that I trust the most in music. I can talk to them about anything – really personal stuff - and they won’t judge me. The kind of music I’ve been making has been honed with them. It’s a difficult process to describe. They’re producers but they’re also friends.”

And Ritchie is certainly making a lot of friends in the business these days. Chase & Status, Craig David, Troye Sivan, Alessia Cara, Labrinth, and Emeli Sande have all come out as fans on social media, and Lily Allen even covered him in Radio 1’s Live Lounge.

Something of a renaissance man, Raleigh Ritchie is involved in many strands of the arts. From writing and directing to acting Raleigh Ritchie appears to be able to do it all. Currently playing Grey Worm in Game of Thrones while continuing to work on his music, Raleigh Ritchie has only just begun.
Welfair - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Danielle Espinoza is Welfair's creator and core member of 5 years. After pursuing dance for 12 years, Danie called it quits after an epiphany she encountered. During her first year, she started to experiment with music by singing co- lead for a jazz/alternative/soul band "The Thickest Thieves". After allowing her vulnerability to music, she was hooked. Danie began to realize what music did for her, and what her voice gave to people. She received such a positive response and found her favorite outlet. Danie made the decision to quit school after her 2nd year in college. She began sculpting her own vision and from that, Welfair came to fruition.

Welfair's first "Gem.In.I" EP dropped in January of 2012. A play on words with the intention to remind everyone that there is a gem in us all. Positive feedback was received from the EP. Giving Welfair the opportunity to travel and perform out of state, encouraged Danie to move forward with the project. Welfair has now grown into an aspiration. Welfair experienced a four year interval from writing and recording, and discovered anticipation from loyal fans. Welfair's 2nd EP "Good Mourning" has been released. The EP release is in dedication and loving memory of her brother Michael Henry Cisneros, who she lost to suicide in September of 2015.

"Good Mourning" is also a play on words, and a pour from her heart and soul. Depicting the painfully positive outcome and growth, mourning a loss can bring if you allow it. Production is provided by close friend, and multi-instrumentalist Mac Hill. All of Welfair's new material is about Michael, and Welfair's experience through the entire mourning process. As disheartening of a topic as this is, you can still expect the neo-soul;funk styled grooves to soften all of her lyric blows. The EP dropped on Michael Henry's birthday, November 25, 2016.
Venue Information:
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

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