Friday, March 25, 2011


Considering I have been living in the Philadelphia area for nearly 5 years now, the Family and I have done relatively few gigs in the City of Brotherly Love. Well Philly, here is your chance to come down and get funk with us! On SUNDAY APRIL 3rd I will be performing at TRITONE, a very hip little music venue on SOUTH STREET.

I will be joining artists Wendy Parr and everyBoy for an intimate evening of singer-songwriter style original tunes. I am looking forward to playing in this setting, as it isn't something I get to do very often. I am hoping this will be the beginning of a successful string of performances in the Philly area, so please come down and show your support!

Thank you and God bless,
Big Ben

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Recently I took a trip back to my old home town of LOWELL MASS to perform at GEMSTONES along with JEN KEARNEY and D-TENSION. It was something of a homecoming for me, and it was really great to see so many good friends come out and represent!

While I was there I had an opportunity to stop by the studios of the legendary Lowell radio station WCAP. I sat for a bit and talked with host Jack Baldwin (pictured below) during the program "Living For The Weekend" to promote the show and talk about the upcoming album.

All in all it was a very busy weekend, culminating in a jam session at WMBR radio in Cambridge and a recording session for the album project. I will blog more about those things in some future posts. But I have to give a great big thanks to everyone who made this weekend so special, everyone at Gemstones, WCAP, to Joe G and to D Tension and Jen Kearney as well. And last but not least, everyone in the band: Chuck, Joe, Ben, Jen and Pete. You guys are funky as hell, and you never fail to let everyone know why we are known as "The Royal Family!!"

Sunday, March 6, 2011


So it occurred to me at maybe around 7:30 last night that it was MARDI GRAS weekend, and here I was about to play a gig at a venue named after the great city that made Mardi Gras famous!! THE BIG EASY in Portland ME has long been one of my favorite spots to jam, and last night was by far the most fun I've had over there to date! Fortunately, I remembered to get a shot of the band and myself BEFORE I went on stage and got all sweaty and gross....

Thanks to Robyn Alman for taking photos. More pics will be forthcoming.

Big ups to KENYA HALL and THE KENYA HALL band for not only inviting us to come and share the stage with all of them, but also for tearing it down and playing a hot show themselves!!! I have been wanting to hook up a gig with these cats for a HOT minute, and I am so glad we could finally do it. Much thanks to Ken and all the good folks over at The Big Easy for being so hospitable and making us all feel so welcome; it was truly a pleasure to perform there and I look forward to coming back. And of course a great big thanks to all the good people in Portland who came out and partied with us!!

You can catch Kenya and myself in NEW YORK CITY on SATURDAY JUNE 11th, along with JEN KEARNEY at KENNY'S CASTAWAYS on Bleeker St.

Peace and love,
Big Ben

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

D-TENSION added to GEMSTONES line-up!!!

As I am sure you all know by now, I will be returning to my hometown of LOWELL, MASSACHUSETTS on FRIDAY MARCH 18th to perform at GEMSTONES (upstairs at THE BLUE SHAMROCK) with my good friend and long time collaborator JEN KEARNEY. But the BIG NEWS is that we have added another good friend to the bill: HIP HOP artist D-TENSION will be joining us, performing songs from his brand new release "WACK MUSIC FOR DOPE PEOPLE."

A word to the wise: if you are planning to come to this show (which I know you are!!) plan to get there early, as I am sure this one is gonna fill up fast!!! I can't wait to see all of you there!!!

Big Ben