The Earth Room Concerts music series at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County (UUCMC) in Lincroft, NJ presents its next concert on Saturday, April 6 at 7:30 PM, featuring Tucson-based duo Ryanhood. The UUCMC series, named for the attractive stained glass in the sanctuary where concerts are held, brings excellent contemporary folk and singer-songwriter artists to Monmouth County.
Named ‘Best Group/Duo’ in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards, acoustic-duo Ryanhood got their first break more than a decade ago as street-performers at Boston’s Quincy Market. It was there that they were spotted by a college booking agent and thrust into the college touring scene, where Campus Activities Magazine would name them “one of the most requested acts by college buyers all across the country.” They’ve since gone on to perform more than 800 shows in 45 U.S. states over the past decade and have shared stages with Jason Mraz, Matt Nathanson, Train, and many more.
Cameron Hood’s rich and folky lead vocals, Ryan Green’s explosive guitar and mandolin riffs, and their airtight vocal harmonies prompted the Arizona Daily Star to call them, “a match made in radio heaven.”
And their star is still on the rise. They were recently named the “Discovery of the Year” by John Platt at WFUV New York City, were a featured act at Australia’s National Folk Festival in April 2018, and appeared as “Most Wanted” emerging artists at the 2018 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Their sixth and newest album, Yearbook, is led by their signature two-part vocal harmonies, decorated with flares of guitar, ukulele, and mandolin, and centers on songs about being young, growing old, and making peace with the passing of time. They currently reside in their hometown of Tucson, AZ, where they have won more than a dozen Tucson Music Awards including “Best Folk Band” and “Best Rock Band” (you can decide for yourself which is most accurate).
Earth Room Concerts at UUCMC schedules 6-8 concerts each year. For more information and tickets, see web site http://earthroomconcerts.org. Tickets in advance are $20, and $25 at the door. The venue address is 1475 West Front Street, Lincroft.