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Late Night Live! Free Concert Featuring Hooked Like Helen

Wednesday, July 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Taking place during Elkhart ArtWalk Wednesday!

In a house in the woods about 40 miles west of Cleveland, Hooked Like Helen began as the musical brainstorms of husband-and-wife, Jon and Nikki Stipp. Experimental home recordings quickly developed into an alt-pop vision; within a year of the project’s inception, Nikki and Jon had shaped a new sound that reflected their truth and their influences in a seamless blend of organic and electronic production. The band’s 2019 five song EP, Tragedy of Physics, coproduced by Nikki and long-time friend and collaborator, GRAMMY-winning Isha Erskine, garnered international attention: The music video for the angsty-beautiful piano ballad “Liar” premiered on Radio Disney platforms and received a nomination for Best Independent Music Video from the esteemed Hollywood Music in Media Awards. The song was included in an emotional scene in the motion picture, High Strung: Free Dance and subsequently generated a flood of streams and downloads via the film’s soundtrack. Starring Thomas Doherty (Disney’s Descendants 2 and 3), Jane Seymour and Juliet Doherty, the film was released on Netflix on May 31st, 2020 and prominently features “Liar” in a riveting, groundbreaking dance sequence choreographed by Tyce Diorio (So You Think You Can Dance, Taylor Swift’s ‘ME!’).

Popularity of “Liar” spread like wildfire in the dance community; talented influencers began to perform their own choreographed dances to the song, inspiring a viral effect among aspiring dancers across the globe. Notably, Instagram superstar, Autumn Miller shared an emotional performance to “Liar” on the platform, and acrobatic TikTok queens The Rybka Twins posted their lyrical interpretation of the song on social media as well. Renowned choreographer Mark Meismer created a lyrical piece to “Liar” for the dance tutorial platform, The Space TV and the song became an instant inspiration for lyrical dancers the world over.

Hooked Like Helen is the recent recipient of several prestigious accolades in the independent music scene: the band was honored with the Duo of the Year award at the 6th annual Josie Music Awards held in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee this past September. “Liar” is currently a finalist in the distinguished International Songwriting Competition this year, and was recently named a winner in two categories in its sister competition, Unsigned Only, whose panel of judges included Charli XCX, Robert Smith and Grouplove among other well-respected industry legends.

Hooked Like Helen’s Tragedy of Physics EP has been decorated with acclaim by several leading music publications. The first single, “No Turning Back”, was premiered by CLASH Magazine who praised it as “a soaring, vastly uplifting piece of bouncy, addictive alt-pop”. The EP’s 2nd single, “Tear This Place Apart”, premiered via the highly influential UK-based The Line of Best Fit and received rave reviews from the magazine.

Nikki and Jon have managed to flourish musically during a period of instability in the world and the band is very humbled and grateful to be thriving. 2020 began with a set of custom musical placements in the wildly popular, 3-time Emmy-winning Netflix docu-series, CHEER. Nikki composed tracks for 9 pivotal scenes across the 6-episode series, including the final credits for episodes 2 and 3. Upon its debut on the streaming platform in January, CHEER garnered viral status with tweets of approval from Reese Witherspoon, Chrissy Teigen, Amy Schumer, Gabrielle Union, and many more. Hooked Like Helen is no stranger to scoring music for docuseries’; previously, the band’s tracks “Get Well”, “Surface Break”, and “Concrete Tub” were placed on MTV’s Unlocking the Truth and were included on the show’s official Spotify playlist. “Surface Break” was also featured in the emotional final segment of Davis Guggenheim’s poignant documentary, The Dream Is Now which chronicles the struggles of the children of undocumented immigrants in the U.S.

The band enjoyed a very successful live residency at world-renowned Cedar Point last August, performing for a diverse and international audience who immediately adored Hooked Like Helen’s universal musical appeal and dynamic, energetic stage show. Last May, during the first chapter of the COVID pandemic, the duo had the privilege of playing a livestream from the historic 1500 seat Sandusky State Theatre. This show was broadcast to local fans via the Sandusky Register and became the last live performance to occur on the Sandusky State Theatre stage before the beautifully painted venue was severely damaged in a storm on June 10th. Fox 8 News Cleveland aired clips from the Hooked Like Helen livestream on June 12th, 2020.

Hooked Like Helen is currently working in their home studio, preparing a new EP for release in summer 2021, produced entirely by Nikki Stipp. The duo’s sound embodies a unique vein of pop music; Nikki’s haunting, layered harmonies and lush vocal arrangements create a surreal atmosphere of simultaneous melancholy and hope, dissonance, and resolve. Dark lyrical themes of existential pondering provide an eerie contrast to HLH’s sonic sensibilities in a timeless, ageless context in which melody reigns supreme. Piano hooks, intricate, rhythmic bass lines, and driving beats carry the songs of Hooked Like Helen through a slightly sad world view, always with a groove and a constant sense of Pop.

Presented by Friends of The Lerner and Centier Bank, in partnership with Elkhart ArtWalk.


Wednesday, July 14
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost (plus fees)
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The Lerner Theatre
410 South Main Street
Elkhart, IN 46516 United States
(574) 293-4469


Friends of The Lerner
(574) 293.4469

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