Andrew Ripp and Judah & the Lion will perform through the Hope College Concert Series in a benefit concert on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 8 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

The Hope For Freedom Benefit Concert will feature the musical performance as well as guest speaker Malynda Jennings, a survivor of sex trafficking. Proceeds will go to The Hope Project, a non-profit in Muskegon that is dedicated to helping victims of human trafficking through their after care services and awareness programs.

With a song on the Billboard 100 and others featured on “American Idol,” “One Tree Hill” and “Live To Dance,” Ripp creates music that pushes the boundaries of genre stereotypes. Ripp blends the energetic beats of pop music into a soul culture and adds the depth and groove of soul music into a pop culture. Since he began his career in 2005, Ripp’s songs and records have successfully impacted a diverse and growing audience including true music lovers.

Judah & the Lion is a folk band with their roots planted in Nashville, Tenn. The band’s music comes from many influences that cumulate in a blend of folk instruments, played with fresh musicianship and powerful vocal harmonies. The lead singer, Judah Akers; banjo player, Nate Zuercher; and mandolinist, Brian Macdonald, lead the group.

Tickets are $20 for regular admission, $15 for Hope College faculty and staff, and $10 for Hope College students (with the price for Hope students reduced to $8 each if purchased in groups of 10 or more). Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at

The concert is co-sponsored by the Hope College Concert Series, the Student Activities Committee at Hope and the college’s Hope United for Justice student organization in cooperation with the non-profit Songs Against Slavery.

Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave., on College Avenue at 12th Street.