An intimate and lively crowd got more than a taste of just waffles at Funk’n’Waffles Tuesday night. Andrew Ripp, a singer/songwriter from the windy city of Chicago, brought some of his soulful sounds to campus thanks to Syracuse University student Luke Wygodny who not only hooked him up with a gig but who also opened for him. Once on stage, Andrew’s raspy voice and acoustic guitar filled the underground venue as the lights dimmed and the audience sat close together.
Even though he was supposed to have a day off in between tour dates, Andrew seemed excited to play an extra show and talked with people in the crowd in between songs. After his performance, the Chicago native stuck around to jam with the local band Sophistafunk and to mingle with students. “I thought he had a good voice, and the atmosphere was funky,” says Rebecca Kheel, a freshman at SU.
The crowd approved Andrew’s tunes – blends of Jason Mraz, John Mayer, and uniqueness – with whistles and nods. Throughout the night, students not only purchased waffles and tea but also purchased his debut album, “Fifty Miles to Chicago,” since it’s not yet available in stores.