We Are The Shake Ups!

The Shake Ups are an award-winning, Midwestern-based power-pop music collective that blends co-ed vocals, bouncy melodies and infectious energy into a refreshingly charming sound. The Shake Ups are comprised of Patrick O'Connor (vocals, guitars), Savannah O'Connor (keyboards, vocals), Lee Cherolis (bass), Luisanna Rodriguez (vocals, percussion), Ed Cho (guitars) and Steve Hinckley (drums). Originally formed in 2005, The Shake Ups have independently released several full-length albums on their own Gelatinous Productions and Murk-Ta imprints alongside projects with indie labels Blindspot and Not Lame. The Shake Ups have performed at San Diego's legendary House of Blues and at events such as the International Pop Overthrow Festival and Blitzkrieg Bash.

In the summer of 2013, The Shake Ups began performing original, family-friendly songs inspired by their favorite cartoons. They have since released four full-length albums inspired by animated series and pop culture phenomenon My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, acclaimed not only by young followers of MLP, but also by parents, teachers, and even musicians and voice talent from the series itself. The band has appeared across the U.S. at major conventions (GenCon, Wizard World, Comic Con, Indy Pop Con) as well as MLP-specific events (BronyCon, the MLP Fair, Ponycon, Ponyville Ciderfest, Whinny City). Nuvo Newsweekly's annual reader's poll awarded The Shake Ups with the title of 'Best Local Pop' in both 2016 and 2017.

In 2017, the band released The Shake Ups In Beach City, an album taking its inspiration from the Emmy-winning series Steven Universe, resulting in a brand new collection of acclaimed musical gems. Most recently, the band has unleashed another new animation-fueled project, entitled Legendary Defenders, based on sci-fi/fantasy classic Voltron.

The group continues to build on its reputation as a primary force in the independent music community, bringing joy to children of all ages, as well as pop culture enthusiasts and the indie music echelon. The Shake Ups are professional crowd pleasers whose performances are fun for the whole family.


“Irresistible, poppy music combined with excellent harmonies...The Shake Ups are professional crowd pleasers.”
-Indy Concerts

”A breath of fresh air.”
-Ear Candy Magazine

”The great thing about The Shake Ups is that the band is best known for putting on all-ages concerts at various conventions...It’s cool that kids and their families have a little space of their own at cons to enjoy some nerd music.”
-Comics Alliance

”Joyful pop songs overflowing with bright melodies and candy-coated harmonies...Bursts of electric guitar add a nice counterpoint to the sweetness.”
-Active Dayton

”A full-bodied rock and roll machine...A taste explosion for the senses.”
-Canterlot Radio

”Catchy and fun! The sheer undiluted glee displayed by the audience, especially the younger members, made The Shake Ups one of the most enjoyable events of the entire convention!”
-Dreaming About Other Worlds

”Filled with light-hearted beats and catchy tunes.”
-Everfree News

”One of my favorites... I find their music fun, upbeat, and it just makes me happy!”
-Geeking In Indiana

”It’s amazing how The Shake Ups extract hidden potential from [cartoons] and produce it into a new form of media.”
-Lycan Dese Beats