Hey Columbus, how well do you know your city?
We recently received a challenge from Ohio native and country singer — Ryan Robinette — to name the bar where his latest music video, “Proof Is on Your Lips,” was filmed.
We had the chance to ask Ryan a few questions about the video, his career, and the inside scoop of the Columbus dive bar from the video:
Q: Who is the actress in the video? Is she a Columbus girl?
A: “The actress is a Columbus girl, Sydney Alexandra”
Q: What inspired having the music video in a dive bar?
A: “I have a love for bars that feel like bars. There’s something cool about the dim lighting and history in most dive bars.”
Q: What’s your favorite part of Ohio? Why?
A: “I was raised in Southeastern Ohio in a little town called Senecaville close to Seneca Lake. It’s all country and I love it out there – just so much nostalgia. But Columbus is one of my favorite cities anywhere.”
Q: We heard you used to sing in all the talent shows in high school — what was your favorite song to perform before you started writing your own songs?
A: “Oh man, I grew up playing a lot of classic rock and southern rock. One song that I still play to this day is Joker by Steve Miller Band. But I covered Brown Eyed Girl in a talent show my sophomore year of high school and it was the first time everyone found out I could sing and play. Then playing in bar bands it’s always requested so I’ve played that song far too many times.”
Q: Any fun facts about yourself or your favorite places in Columbus that you want to share with our readers?
A: “The first thing I think of when I think of Columbus is Ohio State and the Shoe – that’s sacred ground. I’m a huge Ohio State fanatic and always count down the days ’til kickoff. Columbus has so many cool spots. The arena district is always fun. I really love Grandview–my manager is from there. There’s something really charming about it and it’s got so many cool little spots. I could go on.. It’s truly a really cool city.”
So Columbus, here is 614NOW’s challenge to you.. Whoever can name the bar in the “Proof Is on Your Lips” video will win a meet & greet with Ryan on Thursday, July 13th and a gift basket that includes a bottle of American Barrels bourbon, 2 shot glasses, swag, and 2 koozies from Ryan. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your guess.
If you’re not hip to the Cbus bar scene and can’t name the bar, you can still join in on the fun. Enter below to win tickets to a private concert held at the secret bar on Thursday, July 13. Winners will be emailed an entry pass and the location.