Ryan Shephard
Ryan Shephard

Ryan Shephard

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Introduction: ***Minimum fee of $500, please do not contact if budget is below*** Want to watch a video? Click 'Featured Projects' > 'See all' > Videos are located within! In addition to solo performances, the acoustic duo is available on Halloween 2021 weekend in Chicago (October 29th-31st) Background: Ryan Shephard is an artist from Cincinnati, OH, (Now located in Chicago, IL) 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, and potential availability for acoustic duo and trio sets! 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: - Thumbtack Top Pro 2021 - 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
Overview

Hired 23 times

Serves Chicago, IL

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10 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

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

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Kathy K.
Nov 4, 2021
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Ryan was an amazing find! We hired him to play at our company party, and upon first contact, he was so responsive and easy to work with. He showed up with his equipment and guitar, set up quickly, and immediately entertained our crowd of 50. His talent was impressive, as was his repertoire of genres and decades. I would highly recommend him!!

Details: Cocktail hour • 26 - 50 guests • 18 - 30 years old • 31 - 50 years old • Guitar • Vocals • No preference • Variety • Other

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Hailey W.
Jul 8, 2021
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All I can say is WOW. We are so ecstatic that we hired Ryan for our wedding day entertainment. Not only is he incredibly, incredibly gifted, but he’s also an awesome person to work with. Ryan set up a consultation right away and asked us to prepare a list of songs/artists/genres that we wanted at our event… and boy, did he deliver. The entire process was seamless from start to finish. Ryan was flexible, accommodating, and always quick in communication. If you’re looking for the perfect addition to take your event over the top and blow away your guests, look no further. He’s the real deal.

Details: Cocktail hour • 151 - 200 guests • 31 - 50 years old • Vocals • Guitar • Pop / top 40 • Covers • Rock / classic rock • Variety • Outdoors

Ryan Shephard's reply
Hailey, Thank you SO much for having me on your big day! This was a fantastic time for me as well, and I can’t thank you enough for your kind words. Best of luck, and hope to perform you again one day! Ryan
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Aaron B.
Jun 14, 2021
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Ryan played for our 40-person backyard party and was the single best aspect of our gathering. Everyone loved the music and he was very easy to work with: professional, flexible, and more than willing to cater to our requests. He also played an extra 30 minutes because our guests were having such a good time. We’re already planning the next time we can hire him.

Details: Birthday party • 26 - 50 guests • 31 - 50 years old • Guitar • Vocals • No preference • Pop / top 40 • Rock / classic rock • Covers • Outdoors

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Olivia M.
Nov 20, 2021
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Ryan is so talented and was great to work with. He played acoustic guitar for our wedding reception and everyone loved him. He also was so responsive and played all of our requested songs. Highly recommend!!!

Details: Cocktail hour • 76 - 100 guests • 31 - 50 years old • Guitar • No preference • Rock / classic rock • Covers • Country / bluegrass • Oldies • Other

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Joel W.
Oct 2, 2021
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A true professional with charisma, charm, and a beautiful voice! My 100+ guests were impressed. I look forward to working with Rayan again!!

Details: Cocktail hour • 26 - 50 guests • 31 - 50 years old • Vocals • Rock / classic rock • Covers • Outdoors

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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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