Monday, April 25, 2011

BIG BEN'S MUSIC featured on WBAI in NEW YORK

To all my friends in New York City and the surrounding areas, please tune into 99.5 WBAI tomorrow to hear my good friend Kimberly Massengill's program "THUMP & GROWL" which runs every Tuesday from 10 am to noon. On Tuesday April 26th she will be spinning some of my tunes to help promote the show we are playing at WICKED WILLY'S on FRIDAY MAY 6th.



Of course if you are not in the NYC area you can STILL listen to the show. Just log onto http://wbai.org and click on "Listen Live."  

WBAI 99.5 FM in NEW YORK CITY

Thanks everyone - please continue to SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL FUNK!!! 

Peace,
Big Ben

Monday, April 11, 2011

Good times at THE SHRINE, returning to PUCK LIVE

I was amazed at how quickly and easily I was able to get into the city on Saturday night; the roads were clear, I flew right through the Lincoln Tunnel and the West Side Highway wasn't too crowded. Even making that dreaded left-hand turn from125th Street in Harlem onto Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd wasn't too difficult a task this evening, and so I thought to myself "What is going on tonight? Where is everyone? Will we have a crowd at our gig tonight?" Well as it turns out we had a decent crowd and a hell of a good time over at THE SHRINE, just as we always do. It was good to see some old familiar faces as well as to meet some new folks. Much thanks to Mary Rauh for taking some splendid photos that evening.


I am working on booking gigs for the summer, hoping to get some good ones and keep myself really busy. Still working on it, and of course you can keep track of where the band and I will be by checking in to the "Dates" page here on my web site. Just a heads up for all of you in the Bucks County area in Pennsylvania - THE FAM will be returning to PUCK LIVE in Doyelstown, PA on FRIDAY JUNE 17th along with our good friends I&I. This will be a fantastic night of music at a great venue, and I look forward to coming back and funking it up again!



Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. Feel free to hang out, check out some music and videos. If you need to holler at me you can always drop me a line through the contact page. I'd love to hear from you!


Peace,
Big Ben

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

TRITONE, SHRINE and other NEWS...

I really have to thank all of the people who came out to TRITONE on SOUTH ST in PHILLY this past weekend, including all of the fantastic musicians who were there! I really enjoyed meeting and opening for New York based band EVERYBOY, and I wish them good luck as they kick off their US tour this week! It was also a great pleasure for me to have some of the best players the City of Brother Love has to offer sitting in with me: WARREN MOBLEY on BASS, TYRONE FREDERICKS,JR on SAX and TERRELL FLOYD on DRUMS. It was a great night, and I really hope we can get back in there again sometime soon!


This weekend on SATURDAY APRIL 9th I will be returning to THE SHRINE in HARLEM with my NEW YORK crew!! It's always a good time at The Shrine, so you don't want to miss out if you are going to be in the New York area. Besides, it also happens to be my BIRTHDAY WEEKEND and I most certainly will be in a celebratory mood!


In other news: I recently had the pleasure of remixing a track by my good friend and collaborator DALE CHASE called "A Walk In The Park." Already a smooth track from his most recent release, I had fun giving it the PROFESSOR FUNK treatment with a phat instrumental I laid down. You can grab a free download here:

DALE CHASE "A WALK IN THE PARK [PROFESSOR FUNK REMIX]"

That's all for now, folks - stay tuned and I hope to see all of you out at THE SHRINE this weekend!!

Peace,
Big Ben