IAN RIDENHOUR Appearing Fri Apr 1st 2016 at 8:00pm

Tickets:  $10

According to jazz legend Jimmy Cobb, 

"in a couple of minutes, he's gonna be a monster!"

Did you ever wonder what some of today's top musicians
 sounded like when they were young?   

 Did you ever wish you could've heard a rising star 
when they were still a teenager?

Ian Ridenhour appears poised for great things in the world of music.  He's already accomplished a heck of a lot in his 15 years.    Singer, Composer, Keyboardist, Drummer......and all around great performer.

Originally from North Dakota, Ian relocated to the Asheville area and has hit the ground running.  He's assembled a band of some of the areas top players including Jake Wolf on bass and James Kylen on percussion.   His father, Jaimeson Ridenhour nails down the guitar.

Since joining the African drumming group Djoliba Jr. at age four, Ian has expanded his musical accomplishments to include rock, funk, jazz, classical, and choral music. A multiple award-winning performer, Ian played in a number of bands on the Bismarck music scene, including Blind Mice, Hex Radio, and Tigirlily, and he regularly performs as a solo artist and bandleader. Ian was nominated in three categories at the 2015 North Dakota Music Awards--Best Percussionist, Best Keyboardist, and Best High School Band (which he won!)

 His new album Quietly Making Noise is out now.

"Ian Ridenhour [. . .] manages to write and perform songs that are accessible and relevant to adults and his peers while remaining authentic to who he is as a young man exploring his own identity in relation to the world around him, testing out relationships and frameworks for perceiving the world. [. . .] It is thrilling to watch an artist begin a public career with as much promise as Ian’s."
David LaMotte, songwriter/peacemaker:

"When I first met young Ian Ridenhour, he sat down behind the drum set at one of my gigs and proceeded to bang out a rendition of 'I Saw Her Standing There' with all the fervor of Keith Moon. Little did I know this boy genius had a number of other tricks up his sleeve, including beautiful piano playing, interesting songwriting, and a mellifluous voice.
Watch this kid, ladies and germs. He is going for it. "
BJ Leiderman, NPR composer

Here's a clip of Ian's previous band up in North Dakota.