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 band initiated a family-friendly side project, The Shake Ups In Ponyville, performing original music inspired by animated series and pop culture phenomenon My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. To date,  The Shake Ups have released three full-length albums of "pony power pop," which have been 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 fandom-specific events (the MLP Fair, Ponycon, Ponyville Ciderfest) and major conventions (GenCon, Wizard World, Comic Con). In 2016, Nuvo Newsweekly's annual reader's poll awarded The Shake Ups with the title of 'Best Local Pop' for their latest MLP-based album, Rock Candy.

The band's latest project, The Shake Ups In Beach City, takes its inspiration from the Emmy-nominated animated series Steven Universe, resulting in a brand new collection of acclaimed, family-friendly musical gems.

The group continues to build on its reputation as a primary force in the independent art 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

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

”It’s amazing how The Shake Ups In Ponyville extract hidden potential from the show My Little Pony and produce it into a new form of media.”
-Lycan Dese Beats