Australian pop singer-songwriter and guitarist, RY CUMING, will make his Adrienne Arsht Center debut on April 17, 2012 at 8 p.m. in the intimate Carnival Studio Theater (Ziff Ballet Opera House). On the heels of his 2011 tour with Grammy Award-winning band Maroon 5, RY CUMINg is set to make South Florida audiences swoon with an acoustic performance of his hits “Some Kind of Love,” “Always Remember Me” featuring Sara Bareilles and other songs from his self-titled debut album.
Tickets cost $25, and go on sale to Arsht Center members January 30, 2012 and to the general public February 6, 2012. Tickets may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at www.arshtcenter.org.
RY CUMING’s concert is part of the Arsht Center’s AMP’D Series.
At the age of 18, shortly after turning down a communications degree and traveling to Central America on a whim, RY CUMING was discovered while playing in a hotel hallway in Costa Rica. His eponymously titled album “RY CUMINg” was produced by John Alagia (John Mayer, Jason Mraz) and released by JIVE records in 2010. He’s also shared the stage with the L.A. bands Phantom Planet and Rooney. CUMINg’s music has garnered him two Australian Dolphin Awards for Best Pop Song and Best New Artist, placements on “Extra” and MTV’s “Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County,” a spotlight in Vogue, and a musical appearance alongside Maroon 5 and Jimmy Buffett in the movie “Hoot.” Most recently, he was featured in Starbucks’ “Home Is Where Your Heart Is” holiday commercials.
Hailing from the Far-North Coast of Australia, RY CUMINg grew up as a bleach-blonde surfer who spent his days on the beach and in the water. As a child, he listened to his father’s Marvin Gaye, Frank Zappa, Beatles, The Police, and James Taylor records; and during his teenage years he discovered the sounds of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Rage Against the Machine. However, his biggest musical influence comes from late alternative rock singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley. “I found Jeff Buckley. Bob Dylan had Woody Guthrie: He emulated him, dressed like him, sung like him, played his songs. I did that for a long time with Jeff Buckley. As soon as I heard ‘Grace,’ that was it — that was my decision made. He’s inspired me and been more of an influence than any other musician,” says RY CUMINg.
“It is always exciting to present to South Florida audiences artists who are on the brink of stardom. Ry Cuming’s fresh, buzz-worthy talent is destined to soon make an even bigger splash in the pop music world,” said M. John Richard, president and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center. “His upcoming unplugged performance will spotlight his captivating voice and woo a whole new group of fans.”
The 11 songs featured on “RY CUMING” move from gorgeous and hushed (“Home”) to grimy and rocking (“Chemistry”), featuring shout-it-from-the-rooftops choruses (“Meaning of It All”), vulnerable breakdowns (“Heartbreak”), and angelic, tumbling falsetto melodies (“Is This Love”).