“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 what I like and try to 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 “a real person, with a relaxed stage presence, not a character.”
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 band, Jennerator. Jennerator features Jennifer on lead vocals (and various instruments on occasion) Tom Price on guitar, Jeff Kirk on guitar and vocals, Scott Karch on bass and vocals, and Jeff Smith on drums and vocals.
Jennifer (and her guitars, keyboard, ukulele and sound system) are available for your upcoming event. Get to know Jennifer, peruse her catalog, take a listen for yourself, and then contact her today.
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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!!
FIRST - I have to say a BIG thank you to Coleman's and all of our friends who joined us Friday night!! That was one of the most fun nights I've had in a while. Great friends, food, beverages and music - and all right here in the neighborhood! I should be hitting Coleman's again soon solo, so watch for future dates. If you missed Friday, we'll make up for it then. ;)
Speaking of the Fall schedule, it's shaping up, and it's going to be a fun one! The weather's getting so cool and pefectly pleasant for all the fun shows on the horizon:
Saturday, I'll be at Perry's Pizza in Park Ridge at the 12 Lounge! This is my first visit to Perry's, so come check it out! I'll have my trusty instruments - guitar, ukulele and harmonica, and of course little old me. PLUS, the owner is a singer too, so you never know what we'll cook up.
Saturday October 26th, Jennerator is throwing the greatest Halloween bash of all time at Wool Street in Barrington. Come in costume - or at least come to see what the heck we'll wear. It's sure to be a fun time!
Saturday, November 16th I'll be with Face-N-Time at Cary Pub for a beer tasting! Talk about right in the neighborhood - and if you haven't heard the trio yet, come give us a listen. It's me, Paul Allodi, and Lindy Alo entertaining you with your favorites while you sample some amazing brews.
Now get back to carving your pumpkins, and we'll see you out there! Love, Jenn
Jennerator had a great weekend starting at London Pub Friday night. The Pub was rocking - thanks so much to everyone who came out to see us. There was even a sighting of Tim from Triadd! (Thanks for hanging out, Tim!) Then, Sunday at Strawberry Fest in Long Grove was a BLAST! The weather was perfect and we had a great time playing for a great crowd. Lots of musicians in the crowd that day, too (love y'all!!). I saw Rob Rosenberg of The Petries and even Mister Al stopped by! Thanks, guys! We hung around after and enjoyed The White Saddle Band - what a great country band, and nice people, to boot!
I'll be solo at Mac's on Slade on August 1, but I'm sure you'll see my face around before then. I"ll be making the rounds. See you out there! :-)
Boy, did we have a great time at the Annual Autism Speaks benefit at Scoreboard Bar and Grill last night. By "we" I mean EVERYONE! It was a fun time hanging out with old friends and meeting lots of new ones, and listening to some fantastic music. Mister Al, Dave Coy, Blue Eyed Leo, The Petries, Jake & Joel, Paul Allodi, James Wayman, and Lindy Alo were all on hand and in top form. (Oh yeah, I played, too!) If you didn't make it this year, don't miss it next year. The raffles are a hoot, and the Scoreboard always has great food and drink specials. And your raffle donations all go to the Rachel's Rebels team in the Autism Speaks walk.
OK - now I have to shift gears and prepare for Jennerator rehearsal tonight. We're polishing up our stuff for Friday's show at the Amber Room at Mickey Finn's Brewery in Libertyville. Come see us! We hear this is a GREAT room and we're looking forward to playing. So, bring all your work buddies out for dinner and some Mickey Finn's beer then stay for the Jennerator party!
We are SO excited to be playing May 12 at Blarney Island, the Key West of the Midwest! It's Mother's Day, so bring the special Moms in your life out to have a fun time with Jennerator. It's a mile offshore in the middle of Grass Lake in Antioch, Illinois. So, bring your own boat, or hop on the shuttle boat! This is opening weekend for Blarney, and we are thrilled to be part of it. The Gin Blossoms played here, for crying out loud.
DON'T forget the other important events, though... Sunday, April 21 I'll be solo in the Autism Speaks benefit at Scoreboard Bar & Grill in Lake Zurich. I should know soon when my timeslot will be, but you'll want to get there early and start getting raffle tickets, anyway. You might luck out and get a jar of Robbyaki Sauce - and I AM NOT KIDDING. That stuff is GREAT. (I'm bringing my last empty jar back to Rob to see if I can get a refill...hee hee...)
AND, April 26th will be Jennerator's first gig at the Amber Room at Mickey Finn's Brewery in Libertyville. We keep hearing that it's a fantastic room, and the food and beer are to die for, so come join us!
We had an outstanding rehearsal last night - some really fun new stuff is on the horizon! My favorite quote from rehearsal:
Me: I'm really the genre buster for you guys, aren't I? Guys: Huh?/ What?/ What do you mean? Me: Well, with me, we're not JUST a dirty bar band... Scott: Yeah! We're a dirty bar band with a UKULELE!
We had a BLAST at Bowl-Hi in Huntley last weekend, and now we're getting the music all polished up for an awesome show at Mickey Finn's Brewery in Libertyville.
This is going to be a really fun show - hope to see you there! It's a Friday night, so grab your work buddies, head over and have dinner and some delicious Mickey Finn's beer, then come see us in the Amber Room and party like a rockstar!
After London Pub, Jennerator took off most of March for family time and R&R, but we're gearing back up and ready to get back out there. We'll have new songs and some more surprises, so plan to catch us when we're near you. April 6, we're back at Bowl-Hi in Huntley, then April 26th we're making our first appearance at Mickey Finn's Brewery in Libertyville. On May 4, you can catch us in Long Grove at Chocolate Fest, then May 11 we'll be in Wauconda at Lindy's Landing. So far, June is looking like London Pub on June 21, followed closely by Strawberry Fest in Long Grove on June 23. It's going to be a FABULOUS Spring. Come out and see us!!