The popular Ryanhood will be performing at the Rialto Theater this Friday April 9 to benefit the extraordinary student achievement program OMA. (Opening Minds through the Arts) The OMA program is a revolutionary teaching program that has benefited K-8 classes in the Tucson area since 2000.
The schools taught by the OMA method have continually increased grade scores over traditional methods. The OMA designed curriculum uses the arts integrated in different art forms-music, dance, visual arts and theater arts to teach the academic standards of math, science, reading, writing and social studies.
The results documented by an independent research firm determined that the OMA program raises test scores for EVERY child regardless of ethnicity or socio-economic background. This program has proven to increase attendance and reduce discipline problems. It has been prescribed as a solution for under-performing schools.
Ryanhood has recently toured an OMA school and is forging a working partnership with them. This relationship has resulted in collaboration for this concert benefit.
On the streets of Boston – in between classes at Berklee College of Music – Ryan Green found his calling with childhood friend Cameron Hood. While busking with their acoustic guitars, the two were snatched up by Clear Channel’s Tea Party Concerts booking agency. Since then, the two, under the name Ryanhood, have toured the country opening up for artists such as Jason Mraz, Kelly Clarkson, Lifehouse, Matt Nathanson, Mat Kearney, and the Plain White T’s.
One part comedic exchange and one part music ensemble, Ryanhood has built a reputation around the country as one of the most entertaining and engaging acoustic duos today, performing 135 dates in 2008 alone. Their airtight vocal harmonies, along with Ryan’s rapidly precise guitar riffs and Cameron’s soulfully rich lead vocals, create the pleasantly distinguishable “Ryanhood” sound.
The song “Stopless,” off of their new album, features their signature duo vocal style: echoing each other throughout the verse then falling effortlessly into perfect parallel harmony over the chorus. Shimmering acoustic guitar hooks by Ryan and a steady rhythmic foundation set by Cameron supports this playful back-and-forth.
Their new album, The World Awaits, produced by Grammy winner Ross Hogarth (Melissa Etheridge, Ziggy Marley), features the same feel-good breakdowns and radio-ready hooks that fans have loved about Ryanhood for years.
Tickets for the show at the Historic Rialto Theater: $10 General Admission (standing only) & Balcony Seating $15.
Address: 318 E. Congress St. Tucson, AZ
All Ages Show