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Ryan Shephard
Ryan Shephard

Ryan Shephard

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Introduction: ***Minimum fee of $500, please do not contact if budget is below*** Ryan Shephard is an artist from Cincinnati, OH, (Now located in Chicago) with a large repertoire of experience ranging in genres of music and musical accolades. He’s played in dozens of bands all over the United States, most notably Freak Mythology. Freak Mythology was started in 2012 and has won multiple national and international awards for their music. In 2018, Freak Duology was started as an acoustic duo featuring Ryan Shephard and Brad Wehlitz, and they've played hundreds of shows all over the country together. Note from the artist: I absolutely love playing live music because of the connection we can create through it. Quality is my expertise! Let me give you a night to remember. I offer a standard one-man acoustic set for a starting price of $500, as well a acoustic duo, trio, and full band sets, price varying on the type of event. Not sure about booking just yet? Check out my Facebook page to see when I'm playing in the Greater Chicago area and come say hello! Accolades: * 2 time Nominee for ‘Best Rock Act’ in the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards. (2018, 2019) * 1st place in the Madison Theater Band Challenge 2018, which is the largest Battle of the Bands style competitions in the Midwest. * UK Rock Blog PRNAV's Album of the Year 2017. * 1st Place in Cincinnati’s Next Big Band Competition 2017. * Featured in numerous films, including the opening scene of award-winning film director Martin Neveu’s short film, “Feeling Station”. * Selected to play at Bunbury Music Festival, Jersey Shore Music Festival, OHMSTEAD Music Festival, Rhythm Brew Music & Arts Festival, and many more national and regional music festivals. * Local & national FM radio airplay. * Local, national, & international online radio airplay. * 50,000+ combined streams on all major music platforms. * Thousands of copies of 'Freak Mythology' sold. Some Press: "Truly stunning varied selection - current and original yet so evocative of years gone by - a true pleasure to have heard it" — 'Donald Strachen on the Radio' - Donald Strachen “For me it is my 2017 Album of the Year and it will take a lot for any band to beat it." — Pete Divine - PRNAV (2017) “Discovering Freak Mythology, a four piece from Cincinnati, is a refreshing breath of Americana-embedded alternative rock and roll." — Charles Frank - The Jamwich Magazine

Hired 5 times

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9 years in business

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This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

Wear masks during the job

Disinfect surfaces touched during the job

Featured Projects
  • Solo Acoustic

    Approx. $500

  • Backyard Party

    Approx. $900

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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, professionalism, and responsiveness.

Exceptional 5.0

11 reviews


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David W.

Music Entertainment

The duo is amazing. Clearly a team that has sung and played together for years (since jr high they said) because rhythm, harmonies, guitar parts are tight. Ryan was extremely responsive and professional when booking the gig. The guys had good stage presence and audience chemistry. Great value. To make things easy for everyone, when booking ask upfront about hourly rates, minimum booking limit, and downpayment requirements so everyone's expectations are aligned. Request a copy of the band's contract in advance.
Ryan Shephard's reply
David, We had a great time playing for you and your community. Hopefully next time the rain doesn’t cut us short! Thanks so much, Ryan
Oct 12, 2020
Steve K.

Music Entertainment

Ryan and Brad were really great to work with, very flexible and accommodating since we had a weather cancellation from our first scheduled date. Everyone loved their sound, they helped make it a terrific evening. I hate to give a great review as it will make it harder to book them next time. But they are awesome and your attendees will love them.
Ryan Shephard's reply
Steve, Thanks so much for a stellar review and for being so accommodating! We had a great time from start to finish and felt extremely welcomed at your home. Hope to be back soon! Ryan
Sep 1, 2020
Mike M.

Music Entertainment

Having Freak Duology play our 4th of July party was great! Ryan is the man and made everything easy every step of the way. I highly recommend and look forward to booking them for more shows in the future.
Ryan Shephard's reply
Mike, Thanks so much for your positive review, for having us on the 4th, and making it easy on us! Let's do it again soon! - Ryan
Jul 7, 2020
Patrick G.

If I could give 10 stars, I would. Freak Duology played our office cocktail party last year and were the life of the party! We couldn't have been happier with the music and time we spent with them.
Ryan Shephard's reply
Patrick, This was easily one of our favorite corporate gigs we've done... it was great getting to know you and your colleagues; one of them actually booked us for a party a few months later! - Ryan
Feb 25, 2020
Michael L.

Music Entertainment

Did a nice job at my event. Was on time and provided what he said he would
Sep 14, 2020
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Ryan performs for a minimum of $500, and will play shows for up to $5,000 based on set length, travel time, and the type of event. Also inquire about duo, trio, and full band performances!

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I’m here to help! Please contact us through Thumbtack for a fast quote, and we will ensure that everything is 100% catered towards your event and crowd.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I’ve been performing live for well over a decade. I’ve played hundreds of shows from crowds of 5 people all the way to 5,000. I’ve been in dozens of bands ranging all genres, with personal musicianship awards from University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music, which is one of the most prestigious music schools in the country. My original music written with Freak Mythology has received numerous songwriting awards from music platforms in the U.S. and U.K., as well as won multiple local, national, and international awards for live performances.

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