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Lerner on the Lawn with Hooked Like Helen

Thursday, May 26 @ 6:00 pm


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. The band’s home-recorded 2019 five song EP, Tragedy of Physics was co-produced by Nikki and GRAMMY award-winning Isha Erskine (Ziggy Marley, The Black Eyed Peas) and garnered international attention. The music video for the angsty-beautiful piano ballad “Liar” premiered on Radio Disney platforms and the song was included on the Motion Picture Soundtrack for High Strung: Free Dance. The film – starring Thomas Doherty (Disney’s Descendants 2 and 3), and Jane Seymour was released on Netflix on May 31st, 2020, and prominently features “Liar” in an emotional, groundbreaking dance sequence choreographed by Tyce Diorio (So You Think You Can Dance, Taylor Swift‘s “ME!”).

Hooked Like Helen has been the recipient of several prestigious music awards and nominations including the HMMAs. The band was named Duo of the Year at the 2020 Josie Music Awards, and in September of 2021 the Josie’s presented them with the award for EP of the Year for Tragedy of Physics. Hooked Like Helen has also had the honor of being named a winner in the International Songwriting Competition and its sister, Unsigned Only, two years in a row.

Hooked Like Helen’s roots in sync placement in film and television run deep. Nikki custom wrote music for 9 scenes in the wildly popular Netflix docuseries, CHEER and lent several instrumentals to scenes in Golden which premiered in July 2021, via a work-for-hire contract with BMG. Previously, Hooked Like Helen songs “Get Well”, “Surface Break”, and “Concrete Tub” were placed on MTV‘s Unlocking the Truth. “Surface Break” was also featured in the poignant final segment of Davis Guggenheim‘s The Dream Is Now.

Hooked Like Helen recently joined the family at RSK, a Nashville-based artist management firm headed by Ryan McMahan. The duo is currently collaborating with several talented and well-established producers in the Music City including the multi-GRAMMY award-winning, platinum selling Skidd Mills and the brilliant Noah Henson (Pillar, Brantley Gilbert).

Hooked Like Helen’s music embodies a unique vein of alternative; 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. Lush, layered harmonies and intricate baselines carry the songs of Hooked Like Helen through a slightly sad world view, always with a groove and a constant sense of Pop.

The Lerner on The Lawn series, presented by Friends of The Lerner and the Rex & Alice A. Martin Foundation, is pleased to partner with ArtWalk in Downtown Elkhart for a live outdoor music concert series. The FREE concerts will be held on The Central Green of Civic Plaza starting at 6 p.m. in conjunction with Elkhart ArtWalk. No ticket required. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy the evening under the stars.

“The Lerner Theatre and Friends of The Lerner are pleased to add a new live music element to ArtWalk on the Central Green stage. “Lerner on the Lawn” will showcase regional and national artists, free to the community, from 6- 8 p.m.during ArtWalk Thursdays from May to October. Local food trucks and some of your favorite Downtown vendors will be set up at Central Green. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for a great night of art and music in Downtown,” said Michelle Frank, The Lerner Theatre, Executive Director.


Thursday, May 26
6:00 pm
Cost (plus fees)
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Central Park
300 S Main St
Elkhart, 46516
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Friends of The Lerner
(574) 293.4469
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General Admission
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