Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband will perform Saturday night at the SCERA Center for the Arts in the final show of the open air season in the Shell outdoor theatre. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are available for guests of all ages with a discount for students.
With more than half a dozen albums, a hit single “Dream Big” and almost two decades of experience, the group of Utah natives has created a signature sound. Some describe it as folksy rock, others as pop bluegrass — but band members describe it themselves as PostHeeHawFunkadelicHipHopNewGrass.
In an effort to bring their music to a growing fan base, the Rubberband has toured all over the West in the past months, playing in places like Denver, Laramie, Wyo., and Kent, Wash. Lead singer and band frontman Ryan Shupe said he looks forward to playing in front of a Utah Valley crowd again .
“It’s always fun to play for our hometown crowd — it’s where we are based,” Shupe said. “We really appreciate the local crowd. It’s always been a very strong area for us. We love BYU.”
When asked what the crowd can expect from the performance on Saturday night, Shupe was quick to recognize the relationship between the performers and audience and the need for both to enjoy the show.
“We always like playing,” Shupe said. “We just have a good time feeding off the crowd and make sure they have a good time.”
According to Adam Roberts, SCERA president and CEO, it was the Rubberband’s commitment to creating a lively concert atmosphere that led SCERA to schedule the band for the special final event at the Shell outdoor theatre.
“Couldn’t be a more fun group to celebrate the end of our season, ” Roberts said in the news release announcing the concert.
William Behunin, 22, a Russian major from Kaysville, appreciates the band not only for their music but for their contribution to the contemporary Utah music scene.
“These guys are one of the most popular acts to come out of our state, ” Behunin said. “I think it’s great they are doing well as a band and I hope people realize we Utahns can be recognized for musical talent outside of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.”