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Ripcord

Boston , MA
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Boston, MA 02114 US (map)

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617-861-7430

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Ripcord is comprised of Boston-based musicians who have played together in various cover, wedding and original bands over the past decade. This experience enables the group to... Read more
Ripcord is comprised of Boston-based musicians who have played together in various cover, wedding and original bands over the past decade. This experience enables the group to consistently deliver a perfect blend of hits from all genres; jazz standards, funk, R&B, soul, top 40, country, classic & modern rock… even that new indie tune you just heard on the radio. Ripcord's diversity is impressive; however, it'll likely be the remarkable accuracy, energy, and feel with which they perform that will blow you away.


Most couples select either our 6piece or 8piece lineup; however, other specific configurations are always an option. At minimum, our standard instrumentation includes: female and male lead vocals, guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards/synth; our 8piece also features added saxophone and trumpet. Please inquire about Ripcord’s discounted 8piece all-inclusive bundle, which also includes soloists for both your ceremony and cocktail hour!

Ripcord's musicians are also adept at providing music of all styles for both ceremonies and cocktail hours. Our couples have the option of selecting an instrumental soloist of their choice or compiling larger ensembles from the instrumentation contracted for the wedding reception (i.e.- adding horns to the reception band would expand duo/trio/quartet options for ceremonies and/or cocktail hours). Please inquire for more details, as we offer a ton of customization! Read less
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INFO FOR BAND

Are you an agency or a band?
Band
How many musicians are in your band(s)?
7+
What genres of music does (do) your band(s) play?
Acoustic, Big Band, Blues, Caribbean, Classic Rock, Classical, Country, Dance, Folk, Funk, Gospel, Hip Hop, International, Jazz, Latin, Motown, Oldies, Pop, Punk Rock, R&B/Soul, Reggae, Rock, Swing
What music services do you provide?
Ceremony Music, Cocktail Hour Music, Instrumentals, Karaoke Services, Learning New Songs, Liability Insurance, MC, Music During Breaks, Reception Music, Rehearsal Dinner Music, Vocals, Willing to Travel
What items are available?
Lighting, Microphones, Sound/PA System

REVIEWS

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Joy
Wedding:
7/25/2015
5.0/5.0
Ripcord was outstanding at my daughter's wedding! Every table was empty all night - everyone was on the dance floor until the last song. It seemed like the Band was having as much fun as the guests - The most fun party wedding we have ever been to - Thanks to Ripcord!
Ripcord was outstanding at my daughter's wedding! Every table was empty all night - everyone was on the dance floor until Read more...
Ripcord was outstanding at my daughter's wedding! Every table was empty all night - everyone was on the dance floor until the last song. It seemed like the Band was having as much fun as the guests - The most fun party wedding we have ever been to - Thanks to Ripcord! Read less
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Kelly
Wedding:
6/27/2015
5.0/5.0
If you are considering Ripcord for your wedding BOOK THEM NOW! They are amazing. Literally everyone was up dancing all night long. We also had them play for our ceremony and cocktail hour and they did a great job. Kevin is so easy to work with and Mia's voice is UNREAL. They are the best band I've ever seen at a wedding and I'm not just saying that because it was my wedding! You will not regret booking them, I promise it will be the best decision you make.
If you are considering Ripcord for your wedding BOOK THEM NOW! They are amazing. Literally everyone was up dancing all Read more...
If you are considering Ripcord for your wedding BOOK THEM NOW! They are amazing. Literally everyone was up dancing all night long. We also had them play for our ceremony and cocktail hour and they did a great job. Kevin is so easy to work with and Mia's voice is UNREAL. They are the best band I've ever seen at a wedding and I'm not just saying that because it was my wedding! You will not regret booking them, I promise it will be the best decision you make. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I cannot express in words how amazing Ripcord played at our wedding and how grateful we are to them for providing everything we wanted and more. As huge live music fans, the band was the most important decision for our wedding.We didn't want that typical, cheesy wedding band that has left me with a bad taste in my mouth after so many weddings, and considered non-traditional options. But, feeling like wedding experience was an important factor (remember, the band is your MC too), I decided to check out Wedding Wire. Initially drawn to Ripcord by great reviews, I checked their BIO page and realized I had seen a few of these musicians playing around Boston in their "regular" bands. Great sign! After talking music with Kevin, their bassist/organizer, for quite awhile, I knew they were for us. Kevin was outstanding throughout the entire process...laid back but very professional. The keyboardist, Nate Wilson, played our ceremony. I've seen Nate play with his other projects many times and was honored to have him play our wedding. He was joined by the guitarist at cocktail hour. When the drummer jumped in just for fun, it was a testament to how much these guys enjoy playing music. By the time the full band played an amazing version of "The Weight" during dinner (the vocalists can sing ANYTHING), the guests were buzzing about the band. After dinner, we wanted a dance party, and Ripcord delivered with a 3+ hr masterclass of funk, rock, disco, and pop. The dance floor was PACKED all night. Their song choices were perfect. They nailed our special requests (Prince,Talking Heads, and an obscure/tricky choice I bet they never expected to play at a wedding) like true pros. In a wedding first for me, the guests demanded an encore and Ripcord obliged. Fantastic people, incredible musicians...book this band. (Tip: add a horn section!)
I cannot express in words how amazing Ripcord played at our wedding and how grateful we are to them for providing Read more...
I cannot express in words how amazing Ripcord played at our wedding and how grateful we are to them for providing everything we wanted and more. As huge live music fans, the band was the most important decision for our wedding.We didn't want that typical, cheesy wedding band that has left me with a bad taste in my mouth after so many weddings, and considered non-traditional options. But, feeling like wedding experience was an important factor (remember, the band is your MC too), I decided to check out Wedding Wire. Initially drawn to Ripcord by great reviews, I checked their BIO page and realized I had seen a few of these musicians playing around Boston in their "regular" bands. Great sign! After talking music with Kevin, their bassist/organizer, for quite awhile, I knew they were for us. Kevin was outstanding throughout the entire process...laid back but very professional. The keyboardist, Nate Wilson, played our ceremony. I've seen Nate play with his other projects many times and was honored to have him play our wedding. He was joined by the guitarist at cocktail hour. When the drummer jumped in just for fun, it was a testament to how much these guys enjoy playing music. By the time the full band played an amazing version of "The Weight" during dinner (the vocalists can sing ANYTHING), the guests were buzzing about the band. After dinner, we wanted a dance party, and Ripcord delivered with a 3+ hr masterclass of funk, rock, disco, and pop. The dance floor was PACKED all night. Their song choices were perfect. They nailed our special requests (Prince,Talking Heads, and an obscure/tricky choice I bet they never expected to play at a wedding) like true pros. In a wedding first for me, the guests demanded an encore and Ripcord obliged. Fantastic people, incredible musicians...book this band. (Tip: add a horn section!) Read less
Services Used: Band
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Katie
Wedding:
6/13/2015
5.0/5.0
YOU NEED THIS BAND FOR YOUR WEDDING.
My husband and I knew from the second we started planning the wedding that the band was nearly the most important part of the wedding reception. We were married in Vermont so we were nervous vendors wouldn't want to travel. We started searching for bands and narrowed a few down based on their websites and reviews. Then my parents were able to see Ripcord in Boston. They called me half way through the first song they played and said...book them NOW! From the very first e-mail to Kevin to the last phone call, the entire band was unbelievably easy to work with. I'll start with the music. It was hands down the best band we'd ever seen. Everyone of our guests were dancing all night long from the 16 years olds to the 90 year olds. People literally didn't go to the bathroom, get ice cream, or look at any of the displays because they just wanted to dance. They were absolutly fabulous. If the band is as important to you as it is to us, you've found your band.

Kevin worked with us tirelessly throughout the entire process. He was such a pleasure and we never felt any pressure. At the last minute we asked him to play an extra 1/2 hour (you would too...) and we forgot to pay him at the end of the night. He was so courteous the next day. There are so many things to stress about for a wedding, you won't stress at all with Ripcord.
YOU NEED THIS BAND FOR YOUR WEDDING.
My husband and I knew from the second we started planning the wedding that the Read more...
YOU NEED THIS BAND FOR YOUR WEDDING.
My husband and I knew from the second we started planning the wedding that the band was nearly the most important part of the wedding reception. We were married in Vermont so we were nervous vendors wouldn't want to travel. We started searching for bands and narrowed a few down based on their websites and reviews. Then my parents were able to see Ripcord in Boston. They called me half way through the first song they played and said...book them NOW! From the very first e-mail to Kevin to the last phone call, the entire band was unbelievably easy to work with. I'll start with the music. It was hands down the best band we'd ever seen. Everyone of our guests were dancing all night long from the 16 years olds to the 90 year olds. People literally didn't go to the bathroom, get ice cream, or look at any of the displays because they just wanted to dance. They were absolutly fabulous. If the band is as important to you as it is to us, you've found your band.

Kevin worked with us tirelessly throughout the entire process. He was such a pleasure and we never felt any pressure. At the last minute we asked him to play an extra 1/2 hour (you would too...) and we forgot to pay him at the end of the night. He was so courteous the next day. There are so many things to stress about for a wedding, you won't stress at all with Ripcord. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
awesome wedding band. real musicians who play a great variety of music!!! guests still keep talking about how awesome they are!
awesome wedding band. real musicians who play a great variety of music!!! guests still keep talking about how awesome they Read more...
awesome wedding band. real musicians who play a great variety of music!!! guests still keep talking about how awesome they are! Read less
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Alexis
Wedding:
5/16/2015
5.0/5.0
The best decision we made for our wedding (besides saying I do!) was hiring Ripcord to play at our wedding. My husband and I live in Bermuda and the live entertainment options are very limited here. An incredible band was extremely important to us and we started researching bands from NY, Boston, Philly, and Atlanta. We came across Ripcord on WeddingWire and were awe struck at the number of glowing reviews. We LOVED the sample songs on their website and although we never had the chance to see them perform live, we booked them to come to Bermuda for our wedding. If you are in the same boat and can't make it to see them perform before booking, let me tell you that you are absolutely making the right decision.

I can tell you with 100% sincerity that they delivered so far beyond our expectations and they were the hit of our wedding weekend. They played a jazz trio for our rehearsal dinner and then they had a big 9-person band play for our wedding. They absolutely rocked it and every single person was up dancing. Even my 90 year old grandmother. Our biggest focus for the wedding was to have an outstanding band and I can tell you that all of the positive reviews that Ripcord has on their website are spot on. They absolutely made our wedding and people are still raving about them today. They are even playing our friend's upcoming wedding as a result of our wedding.

Also, Kevin is amazing to work with. My husband probably spent a good 20 hours on the phone speaking with Kevin throughout the process leading up to our wedding since there was a ton of logistical coordination given our wedding was in Bermuda. Kevin is organized, responsive and incredibly friendly and easy to work with. We'd never hired a band before and he managed the process to a T.

Based on our experience, I am honored to add another positive review to assist other couples through the selection process. Book Ripcord now - it will be the easiest and best decision you will make.
The best decision we made for our wedding (besides saying I do!) was hiring Ripcord to play at our wedding. My husband and Read more...
The best decision we made for our wedding (besides saying I do!) was hiring Ripcord to play at our wedding. My husband and I live in Bermuda and the live entertainment options are very limited here. An incredible band was extremely important to us and we started researching bands from NY, Boston, Philly, and Atlanta. We came across Ripcord on WeddingWire and were awe struck at the number of glowing reviews. We LOVED the sample songs on their website and although we never had the chance to see them perform live, we booked them to come to Bermuda for our wedding. If you are in the same boat and can't make it to see them perform before booking, let me tell you that you are absolutely making the right decision.

I can tell you with 100% sincerity that they delivered so far beyond our expectations and they were the hit of our wedding weekend. They played a jazz trio for our rehearsal dinner and then they had a big 9-person band play for our wedding. They absolutely rocked it and every single person was up dancing. Even my 90 year old grandmother. Our biggest focus for the wedding was to have an outstanding band and I can tell you that all of the positive reviews that Ripcord has on their website are spot on. They absolutely made our wedding and people are still raving about them today. They are even playing our friend's upcoming wedding as a result of our wedding.

Also, Kevin is amazing to work with. My husband probably spent a good 20 hours on the phone speaking with Kevin throughout the process leading up to our wedding since there was a ton of logistical coordination given our wedding was in Bermuda. Kevin is organized, responsive and incredibly friendly and easy to work with. We'd never hired a band before and he managed the process to a T.

Based on our experience, I am honored to add another positive review to assist other couples through the selection process. Book Ripcord now - it will be the easiest and best decision you will make. Read less
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music
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Bradley
Wedding:
10/12/2014
5.0/5.0
Great band for any occasion! Entertaining and engaging the entire night!
Great band for any occasion! Entertaining and engaging the entire night!
Great band for any occasion! Entertaining and engaging the entire night! Read less
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Sam
Wedding:
10/11/2014
5.0/5.0
My wife and I only cared about two things when we planned our wedding: we wanted to get married by the ocean, and we wanted the dance party at the reception to be the best one we'd ever attended. With a tight budget, the one and only big ticket item we couldn't compromise on was the music. I'm the drummer for a relatively well-known Boston-area band that also plays weddings at the same price point, and my wife is a life-long fan of live music, so while we were confident that Ripcord would deliver, we also know ourselves to be very, very picky about our bands.

Ripcord hit it out of the park in every way possible, and the feedback was consistent: as good or better than any wedding band anyone had ever heard, at any price. Kevin was responsive and helpful from day one. The Bruce Springsteen song they learned for our first dance ("If I Should Fall Behind") sounded incredible. They showed up early, and set up efficiently. They were gracious, kind, and obviously enjoyed themselves on stage. I could go on and on and on.

The music itself was truly outstanding from both emotional and technical perspectives. From the first quiet tunes to the last rockers of the night, I didn't hear a single misstep; every song was true to its best recorded version, yet the personalities of the individuals in Ripcord still showed through. We'd requested more emphasis on classic rock and older songs than the latest pop hits, and the set list was perfect. Somehow they managed to play all of my father-in-law's favorite songs without us even requesting them (Tom Petty's "American Girl" and AC/DC's "Shook Me All Night Long" among them), and the newer pop they did throw in fit the mood perfectly. I think we had roughly 110 people at the venue at 7:30 when the party started, and I'll bet there were still 70 left at midnight. I've been to more than 50 weddings in the last few years, and I don't think I've ever seen so many people still dancing to the last song. The sound was outstanding, too.
My wife and I only cared about two things when we planned our wedding: we wanted to get married by the ocean, and we Read more...
My wife and I only cared about two things when we planned our wedding: we wanted to get married by the ocean, and we wanted the dance party at the reception to be the best one we'd ever attended. With a tight budget, the one and only big ticket item we couldn't compromise on was the music. I'm the drummer for a relatively well-known Boston-area band that also plays weddings at the same price point, and my wife is a life-long fan of live music, so while we were confident that Ripcord would deliver, we also know ourselves to be very, very picky about our bands.

Ripcord hit it out of the park in every way possible, and the feedback was consistent: as good or better than any wedding band anyone had ever heard, at any price. Kevin was responsive and helpful from day one. The Bruce Springsteen song they learned for our first dance ("If I Should Fall Behind") sounded incredible. They showed up early, and set up efficiently. They were gracious, kind, and obviously enjoyed themselves on stage. I could go on and on and on.

The music itself was truly outstanding from both emotional and technical perspectives. From the first quiet tunes to the last rockers of the night, I didn't hear a single misstep; every song was true to its best recorded version, yet the personalities of the individuals in Ripcord still showed through. We'd requested more emphasis on classic rock and older songs than the latest pop hits, and the set list was perfect. Somehow they managed to play all of my father-in-law's favorite songs without us even requesting them (Tom Petty's "American Girl" and AC/DC's "Shook Me All Night Long" among them), and the newer pop they did throw in fit the mood perfectly. I think we had roughly 110 people at the venue at 7:30 when the party started, and I'll bet there were still 70 left at midnight. I've been to more than 50 weddings in the last few years, and I don't think I've ever seen so many people still dancing to the last song. The sound was outstanding, too. Read less
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Jodi
Wedding:
9/21/2014
5.0/5.0
This band is top notch!!
We were so happy to have Rip Cord perform at our wedding! From the moment I contacted Kevin a year prior until the day after the wedding - he was nothing short of responsive, professional, & accommodating. We had one of them play solo jazz on the keyboard during cocktails (Joe) and then during the reception the band kept every single person up & dancing on the floor the entire night. My guests are still raving about them & seeking to see them perform again.
The band learned specific songs for our wedding & even allowed some of our guests to perform with them on stage.
If you're lucky enough to have an opportunity to book them, do it! You will not be disappointed!
This band is top notch!!
We were so happy to have Rip Cord perform at our wedding! From the moment I contacted Kevin Read more...
This band is top notch!!
We were so happy to have Rip Cord perform at our wedding! From the moment I contacted Kevin a year prior until the day after the wedding - he was nothing short of responsive, professional, & accommodating. We had one of them play solo jazz on the keyboard during cocktails (Joe) and then during the reception the band kept every single person up & dancing on the floor the entire night. My guests are still raving about them & seeking to see them perform again.
The band learned specific songs for our wedding & even allowed some of our guests to perform with them on stage.
If you're lucky enough to have an opportunity to book them, do it! You will not be disappointed! Read less
Services Used: Band
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Alyxandra
Wedding:
9/13/2014
5.0/5.0
Such an amazing band! They played at my mom's wedding in September and everyone had a blast. Great music and great people.
Such an amazing band! They played at my mom's wedding in September and everyone had a blast. Great music and great people. Read more...
Such an amazing band! They played at my mom's wedding in September and everyone had a blast. Great music and great people. Read less
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