Friday, February 25, 2011

NEW DATES ADDED!!!

Hey All,

Check out my schedule on the dates page for frequent updates and additions of new shows!! The most recent addition will be THE BIG EASY in PORTLAND MAINE on SATURDAY MARCH 5th.


Also performing that evening will be local soul-singing sensation KENYA HALL. So if you or anyone you know are in the Portland area that weekend please come on down and get your groove on with us!!

Don't forget too, the band and I will be performing at WICKED WILLY'S in NEW YORK CITY on WEDNESDAY MARCH 2nd.




Come on out all you FUNK-HEADS and let's get it done right!!!

Peace and love,
Big Ben

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Awesome Session at Melody Lanes!!

We made a HUGE step towards the completion of my first full length recording project last weekend, tracking background vocals and some bass on some tunes at Melody Lanes studio in Brooklyn, NY. Here are a couple of shots taken that day:





I have some video from the session I will be posting at some point as well, so stay tuned for that. Big thanks to Jay Braun at Melody Lanes and all of the great musicians who came through to be a part of the mix! More to come, people - we're on our way!!!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Heading back to the studio

So it's been a little while since I have taken some time to really get down in the studio and work on my own material, but I am finally heading back into the studio this weekend to put down some of the final tracks for what will be a full length album. Those who know me well and have been following my career for a while know that this has been a long time coming! The last few years have been something of an emotional roller coaster for me, and my plans have gotten derailed more than once. But now I am finally getting back on track and it's time to take this thing into overdrive and get it done!

I have been so blessed to have worked with so many great musicians and to have had so many wonderful musical experiences over the years, and I really want this new project to be a reflection of that experience. There will be some old favorites on there, for those who have been following the band for a while. There will be a few new tasty treats on there too.

One of the tracks I am really excited about is actually a reworking of an old song that I wrote back in the day when I used to be with a group called Dr. Smooth. It's got a serious party vibe, and I think that breathing new life into this old groove is going to really help a add a new dimension to the album and to live sets as well. I can't WAIT to get to play this one on stage!!

Also I am excited about a ballad I wrote called "Late Every Evening." I have performed the song live a few times and it always seems to go over really well. The track I produced for it has kind of a jazzy-neo-soul vibe to it, and I think it's going to compliment some of the funk-cookers I've got going on (every album needs at least ONE slow jam, right??)

There is a lot more I want to say about it, but I am going to wait until I've got a few more tracks in the can first. Don't wanna jinx myself!! Thank you all so much for your support, it means the world. Stay tuned for more updates soon!!

Peace and blessings,
Big Ben

Sunday, February 6, 2011

GIG ANNOUNCEMENT: WICKED WILLY'S in NYC!!!

Dear Friends,

After taking a bit of a hiatus, BIG BEN and THE FAM are returning to NEW YORK CITY to perform at WICKED WILLY'S in the Village. Please come out and show your support for LIVE and LOCAL FUNK MUSIC!!! For more information call (212) 254-8592 or visit BIG BEN'S web site at www.bigbenhillman.com

VIDEO POST: BIG BEN SHRINE JAM NYC

Check out this video I just posted on Youtube of the band jamming out on "It Must Have Been the Music" at THE SHINE in Harlem NYC back on 11 September 2010:



THE SHRINE is a great place to hear live music in the city. It's got a great atmosphere and there is never a cover charge!! You catch BIG BEN and THE ROYAL FAMILY over there on SATURDAY APRIL 9th, 2011 at 10pm.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT: GEMSTONES in LOWELL MA 3/18/11

It's been quite some time since these two LOWELL NATIVES have come back to THE MILL CITY to perform together. BIG BEN HILLMAN the PROFESSOR of FUNK and his band THE ROYAL FAMILY will be joining the fabulous JEN KEARNEY and THE LOST ONION to throw down some serious FUNK and SOUL and show you what LOWELL PRIDE is all about.... DON'T MISS IT!!!!

GEMSTONES upstairs at THE BLUE SHAMROCK
105 Market St Lowell, MA
$10 cover, 21 plus only, 9 pm start time

Welcome to my new web site!!!


Hey everyone, well its a new year and its time to represent with some new music and a brand new web page! I have been using the myspace format for far too long, I figure it was time to update to something new. So I am spending a little time tweaking fonts and colors, adding photos and content. Please come back and visit often, as I will be posting some new music very soon. I am going to the studio on February 12th to work on some new vocal tracks, and plan to have a new release by the spring. I will of course be posting lots of pics and info here as soon as it is available. So please do come back and tell all your friends!!

Peace and blessings,
Big Ben