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Accidentally Hip’s signature sound of taking modern tunes and flipping them into swing tunes has been electrifying audiences in the greater Ann Arbor and Detroit area for a decade. Led by award winning arranger and composer Ryan MacKenzie Lewis, this versatile and flexible ensemble takes on everything from early swing and jazz standards to R&B, Hip Hop, and current pop tunes, all with their distinct twist. Their broad musical influences merge together to create a unique, fun, and dynamic musical experience.

The exciting and fiery vocals of Courtney Riddle gets audience’s hearts racing one minute and melts them the next. Her brassy and bombastic flair balances with her vulnerable sensitivity, allowing the group to take on a wide range of songs from powerful driving hits to delicate tender ballads.

The band’s size and vibrant arrangements are flexible and can go from a flashy 16-piece big band – complete with backup singers and strings – to an intimate quintet. The band’s members have performed and written for some of the finest ensembles in the country including The DSO, Will Sessions, Shoshana Bean in concert, PKO, B’Way & off-b’way national tours, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, The Contours, The Coasters, Jerry Mack and the Terriplanes, Mainstreet Soul, and Steve Cox and the Detroit Hammers, among others.

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