“I make music because I love it!” says Jennifer Ramsey, and it shows. Jennifer is an engaging performer, backing her full-bodied vocals with ukulele or guitar.
Her versatility extends beyond her wide vocal range and multiple instruments to the vast selection of covers she performs, running the gamut from folk to rock, alternative to pop, rockabilly to roots, all with a distinct southern flair.
“I just sing and play songs I love - and avoid all other limits.” This includes putting her own spin on covers, including a reggae version of Aha’s Take On Me, rockabilly Danny Boy, and ukulele-driven Dog Days.
Here is Jennifer performing live at Mac's on Slade in Palatine, IL on 11/08/12 - with Mac Rietz on bass. (Tip: Pause the site-wide player at the bottom of the screen first!)
Jennifer thrives on audience energy, from intimate gatherings to large crowds. She enjoys interacting with audience members, presenting “an engaging, high-energy performance.”
She has performed at private parties, restaurants, bars, weddings, benefits, conventions, musicals, and -back in her Georgia days- sang the national anthem for fans of the Macon Braves.
Jennifer is not only a talented musician, but also an absolute professional, whether working solo, or as part of the acoustic combo, Face-N-Time, or the new female cover sensation, Bad Girlfriend.
Face-N-Time features Jennifer on vocals, rhythm guitar, sax, and ukulele, along with Paul Allodi on vocals and lead guitar , Jim Henning on vocals and lead guitar, James Wayman on vocals and bass, and Lindy Alo on percussion.
Bad Girlfriend is Richelle Quincy on vocals, Jennifer on vocals (and assorted instruments), Amy Stephan on vocals and guitar, Paula Jastper on guitar, Patti Prendergast on bass, and Monica Daugherty on drums.
Jennifer (and her guitars, ukulele, saxophone, harmonicas and sound system) are available for your upcoming event. Get to know Jennifer, take a listen for yourself, and contact her today!
Hey, guys! There's a new venue on the list and this place is the coolest of the cool. Copper Fiddle Distillery on Rt. 22 in Lake Zurich is a place where you can hear quality live music and taste hand crafted, small batch gin and bourbon. It's taken from grain to bottle right there on the premises. I'm there on 2/6 from 7:30 - 10:30, so you should be too! 532 W IL Rt. 22, Lake Zurich.
It's getting chilly out, but don't dismay: you still have the turning leaves to look forward to, plus LOTS of MUSIC! Friday, come see BAD GIRLFRIEND's first HEADLINING show! We're appearing with Betty Bleu and Full Throttle CGO, so don't miss this full night of rock!
Then, on Saturday, it's the whole enchilada: FACE-N-TIME (Five-Pack Edition) will rock your face off at our end of Summer party at Pier 99. Bring friends - it is a PARTY, after all!
Friends and fans have inquired, and it's with a heavy heart that I announce that I'm no longer part of Jennerator, a band I've worked with for the last two years. They are continuing with a new lead singer who will be joining them for the first time publicly on August 23rd at Dock's. I'll be with Bad Girlfriend that evening, who is thrilled to be appearing with Platinum at Blarney Island. I wish each of them the best of luck going forward. It was truly a project I treasured.
But, the beat goes on. Find out about all the fun shows coming up, including TOMORROW with Face-N-Time at Eaglewood Resort in Itasca, Il. It's National Bratwurst Day, and TRUST ME, there will be some sausage-themed lyrics! Get that show's details, along with more upcoming news on the Shows page.
It's a big weekend! Tonight, I'm just gonna kick back and listen to a GREAT band - the Petries! Rob and Laura are joined tonight by Dave Steffen on guitar and James Wayman on bass, so I don't see how it can be less than awesome! And Mac's food is DELICIOUS...
Since you'll still need to eat and rock out tomorrow, meet me tomorrow for dinner at Perry's Pizza and Ribs in Park Ridge... I'll start playing about 7:30 - my first official gig of SPRING - and my uke is looking particularly floral:
THEN, Saturday night, don't miss out on Get Back at Kelli's Cuckoo's Nest here in Cary! My buddy Chuck Jennings fronts this band and they play all your rocking favorites. Do you like the Beatles? Then, you should go.
NOTHING beats live music! See you out there! <3, Jenn
Saturday in Lake Zurich is not only two days before St. Pat's - it's also Purple Plunge day - where total maniacs in a charity frenzy JUMP INTO Lake Zurich... or rather a HOLE carved INto THE ICE covering Lake Zurich. It's a wonderful charity event and thank goodness for kind people who do good things... BUT, I *personally* will NOT be jumping into a freezing lake. That night, I plan to be making warm, toasty music with Lake Zurich music royalty - no kidding. Jim Henning and James Wayman are the FAMOUS Jim and James from the Rock N Roll Grill... Lindy Alo is that awesome drummer EVERYBODY knows... No one knows me, but I'm the girl one. :) Seriously, super honored to be making music with these ridiculously talented guys - it is going to be a GREAT time at Scoreboard. And it will be NICE and WARM inside the bar. Music starts at 9 p.m. See you there!
What a FUN NIGHT last night at Perry's Pizza and Ribs in Park Ridge! I SO enjoyed meeting the young ladies who are in their ukulele club at their school! They listened to a uke song before we started - then THEY played the Hawaiian Christmas Song for ME - and did a fantastic job! I cannot stress this enough: I LOVE UKERS! They are just always the coolest. I'll be back at Perry's on January 18th, so come back again and bring your ukes!!
Also, Eli Bennett sat in and made everything sound better. He is not faint of heart, musically speaking, and I admire that greatly! And thank you to all our lovely friends who came out to support us - you guys make EVERYTHING more fun. Hugs, kisses, and love - and Merry Christmas! I'll see you back out there at Cary Pub on the 28th with Face-N-Time!
Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name...bum bum bum bum...
There's a party in my pub, and you're invited! Ok, so it's not really MY pub. I don't own it or anything, but Cary Pub is my Cheers. The beer is great, the service exceptional, and they have 5 Rabbit Microbrews featured tomorrow night... along with Face-N-Time playing some great tunes. That's me, Paul Allodi and Lindy Alo. We have WAY TOO MUCH fun playing together. Come join us!
But first - big thanks to Wool Street in Barrington for letting us host the Jennerator Halloween Bash there! It was great to see so many familiar faces (Thanks for coming, Pat!! I knew you were familiar and I finally put it together!) and the guys impressed me with their costumes. There were wigs EVERYWHERE! I enjoyed channeling Janis Joplin, and I think it helped me sing Turtle Blues just a bit better.
Once you come down off the Halloween sugar buzz, come on out to Coleman's on Friday, November 8 and join me for a solo show! Friday is all-you-can-eat Fish Fry at Coleman's, so come have some dinner and stay for drinks and music. It'll be a blast. See you there!
We'll be firing up the Jennerator and scaring up a good time at Wool Street on Saturday! It starts at 8, with costumed foolishness and antics by the band, and some music trivia and Live Band Name That Tune hosted by DJ John Pencak. Oh yes, there will be prizes. Ice cold, refreshing prizes. See you there, party people!!