Jonny Drake, Wooden Rings | Webster’s Wine Bar


WEBSTER’S | Monday, Sept 8th 2014 FREE | 8:00PM | All Ages

I am wonderfully excited to share some great new songs and a night with this interesting fellow. I will be performing a ton of new solo work, so come have some wine and olives! JONNY DRAKE (Jon Drake & The Shakes) Jonny’s unique banjo and acoustic focused neo-folk sound recalls that of Roy Orbison, Neil Young, Grandaddy, Kurt Vile, and at times The National. Simple and dark, analog and tape driven, the new material is hypnotic and addictive. Drake will be joined by Ann Marie Meyers and Christine Chung Kenny on vocals as well as Daniel Villarreal (Jaime Rojo, Brother George, Amy Saraiya & The Outcome) on cajon. “[Drake’s] fist single, “Lies For No One”, shows off the strengths of simplicity in its ability to get into your head and stay there.” -Midwest Action

Wooden Rings Quartet Plays Final Show

Final show 1 That’s right. Wooden Rings will be performing for the last time as a quartet. The group will be celebrating the past three years of wonderful collaboration, communal exploration, and intimacy with a concert at Chicago’s beloved Webster Wine Bar on Monday, April 14th 2014 From 9pm to Midnight. It’s FREE with your wonderful wine and or dinner. Help us make the evening special we have bandleader Will Phalen, singer-songwriter Ty Maxon, and Morgan Foster of Common Shiner. This would be the time to show your support by sharing the evening with us. If you don’t have the CDs, T-shirts, donwload cards or button and want them, now is the time my friends. Warmest regards, Ramah of Wooden Rings

Chillfest in West Town

After a fantastic EP Release concert at an amazing space at Old Town School of Folk Music, we will be bring our music to Wicker Park’s own MGO Fashion Boutique, where we will play selection from the new EP Twisted & Tangled as well as a new song on Ukulele! Come listen while explore Wicker Park’s nooks and crannies and pick up an EP to take home.


MGO Fashion Boutique 1754 W Division (between Hermitage Ave & Wood St) Chicago, IL 60622 Neighborhood: Wicker Park


Saturday, November 16th Time: 1:00pm Price: Gratis

Free Music

Win music from Wooden Rings and We/Or/Me!

Purchase Your Ticket Today for the Wooden Rings EP release show and be entered to win FREE music! One “Grand Prize” winner will receive the new “Twisted & Tangled” EP, along with Wooden Rings’ self-titled debut album, a commemorative show poster, AND a copy of “The Walking Hour” by We/Or/Me. Two other winners will receive a copy of the new “Twisted & Tangled” EP. Tickets and more information are available online at

Nice Things To Say

The Examiner had some nice this to say about our music recently: October 2, 2013 Wooden Rings is so much more than the typical chamber pop ensemble, and their unique approach to arranging has quickly attracted the local media. ‘Finding Me’ left us breathlessly searching for answers. That and other introspective tracks from 2012’s self-titled debut inspired interviews on WXRT’s Local Anesthetic, WTTW’s Chicago Tonight and WBEZ’s Morning Shift with Tony Sarabia. Part of the allure is the lyrics — “Well worn, engraved, familiar but strange, the rings we wore everyday…” it’s that ability they have to take the everyday object and turn it into something tangible and communicative, that is memorable. It’s the translucent beauty of acoustic strings that introduce so many of their soulful ballads as well as the collection of instruments that blend and deepen the theme: xylophone to reed, nylon string to electric bass. We’re whipped through a myriad of emotions when vocalist /songwriter Ramah D. Jihan Malebranche sings the chilling refrain in ‘When I Knew.’ With four tracks on their current EP, which was recorded at Electrical Audio here in Chicago and will be released this month at Old Town School of Folk Music, Wooden Rings is eager to share more of their bounty. WHO: Wooden Rings WHAT: EP Release WHERE: Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago. WHEN: Thursday October 24, 8 PM, $15

Lamplight Festival-Grand Rapids MI

We are very honored perform at the 2nd annual Lamp Light Music Festival! Continuing with tradition, this is a “House Show Music Festival” featuring music performances, workshops, visual art, and food in five different houses in the Eastown neighborhood of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Music begins on the Friday night of November 1st, and continues throughout the weekend, dovetailing on Novemeber3rd. If you live near Grand Rapids and plan to share this warm weekend with us, please check out our music before hand so you get a feeling for what we do. Can’t wait to wee you there!

“Twisted & Tangled” EP Release Party at Old Town School

Friends, this is going to be a wonderful show!!!

Wooden Rings will be performing all of the songs off of our new audience funded EP Twisted & Tangled, as heard on The Morning Shift hosted by Toni Sarabia on WBEZ. People are calling these songs some of our most powerful, mature work to date. We will be selling the EP for $6 and include merchandise packages, with buttons, shirts, and small posters so be sure to bring a little extra to take it home with you. Old town is a wonderful venue with great sound, comfortable spaces, and professional staff. The have a nice bar- this is definitely a date night.
“Wooden Rings, an eclectic and ambitious ensemble from Chicago, have managed to encapsulate a sound so uniquely diverse, it quickly finds roots in the hearts of any honest music fan. Although their sound is self-described as “acoustic chamber pop,” the amount of honesty and emotion expelled through their music creates such a direct connection to the listener that it’s as if their songs were being written just for you.”
-Old Town School of Folk Music
Twisted & Tangled EP Release Show: Acts: Wooden Rings, We/Or/Me, Andrew Malo Location: Old Town School of Folk Music [Szold Hall] 4545 N. Lincoln, Chicago IL. 60614 Date: October 24, 2013 Time: 8:00pm Tickets: $15.00 Advanced Ticket Purchase: From Old Town School Of Folk Music or Evenetbright

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Dear Portland

Wow, what a great city and show. The hiking, the people, and trees, and the music…Portland is alive. Thank you all so much for the extreme enthusiasm, support, and love you shared with us. Hope to see you all again soon. Ramah

Lamp CD Release with Wooden Rings

PHANTOM NOTE PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS!! Wednesday, June 26, 2013 Doors: 9:00pm Show: 10:00pm 21+ $5 Ticket Link: LAMP (RELEASE SHOW!!) BASTARDGEIST WOODEN RINGS Show up early at 8pm to catch Party Room, a night of improv comedy with: The High Ceilings

WBEZ 91.5 FM: The Morning Shift with Tony Sarabia

Chicago’s Wooden Rings are gearing up for a new release this summer. The band’s 2012 self-titled debut received some lofty praise, locally. The four-piece is sometimes described as a chamber quartet, though a more rustic, sometimes folky sound seems to shine through more often than anything else. That rusticism, married with confessional lyrics, makes for melancholy songs drenched in the eternal longing for one’s better days. The band features Ramah Jihan (nylon-string guitar, lead vocals, songwriter), Justin Rodig (supporting vocal, clarinet, banjo, bells), Brett Bakshis (electric bass) and Marissa Deitz (cello). Wooden Rings stop The Morning Shift by for a preview of their forthcoming record, Twisted & Tangled, and chat a little bit about their music. The rustic confessional of Wooden Rings by WBEZ’s Morning Shift is licensed under a Creative Commons License.
Wooden Rings just played The Morning Shift today and Tony Sarabia was so easy to talk to. Thanks to Tony and to all the crew for listening. It’s such an amazing complex at Navy Pier. Take a listen: