They have shared the stage with indie, afro beat, funk, dub step, punk, jazz and hip-hop alike, finding themselves comfortable in the company of a diverse conjunction of styles, electrifying crowds into a sweaty fervor in venues all across the country.
Informed with a modern jazz, funk, pop, and IDM sensibility, yet steeped in the blues, jam band and progressive rock traditions, their well-designed compositions and grooves are infectiously dance-able while they remain intellectually stimulating and compelling.
Diverse, progressive, talented, and engaging, Lick It Ticket is truly a next-generation ensemble.
Hailing from Cedar Falls, Iowa, Lick it Ticket is composed of past and current students of the University of Northern Iowa and came into being during fall semester of 2009, but make no mistake – although they have been playing together for only just over a year, their sound is anything but adolescent.
Altogether, the band has accumulated over 15 years of collegiate musical studies, while each member brings talents honed while having performed with collegiate jazz bands and orchestras as well as professional touring bands, concert and pit orchestras, and recording studios throughout the Midwest.
In this brief time, the band has developed a devoted following in Cedar Falls and is continuing to play all over Iowa as well as Minnesota and Colorado; they are in the process of planning a tour in and around New York during late Summer 2011.
Their upcoming debut album, recorded at Minstrel Studios in Iowa City, is scheduled to release in the fall of 2011.
As for the members of the group, Ryan Pearson sings and wails on the guitar, Robert Espe plays the sax and keyboard without facial hair, Andrew Thoreen dances while thumping the bass, and Collin Braley plays the beats with appreciative nods.