Monday, December 24, 2012

Looking BACK and AHEAD. NEW DATES ADDED!!




Hey Gang,

As we get ready to say goodbye to yet another year, we can't help but to look back and reflect on some of the awesome moments that occurred: a trip to China, new venues in New York and Boston, new friends and righteous jam sessions!

Shanghai was a life-changing experience that I will never forget. I met some amazing people from all over the world, and had an opportunity to perform with some top notch players in a fantastic venue. If you ever have to travel to Shanghai, be sure to stop into The House of Blues and Jazz and tell them that Big Ben says hello!



Here in the states my band and I have been fortunate to find some new venues to play at, including very recently playing at the fabulous Back Page in Lowell, MA. The response there was great, and we look forward to coming back to perform there on Saturday March 16, 2013.



We also played at Groove in Greenwich Village, NYC this past October, and boy is that a good room for us! Groove is a place where people go specifically to hear live funk and soul music, and we sure enough gave the people what they wanted. I am happy to announce that we will be back at Groove on Saturday January 19, 2013 starting at 11 PM.

In addition to all the dates I'm booking with my own band, I am very pleased to be doing a regular spot at Boston jazz mainstay Wally's Cafe with my good friends Luke and Aaron Bellamy in a project called Quality Control. We'll be hitting on Monday nights starting in January. 

You can always get updates for any new shows added to our schedule on the Tour Dates section here at www.bigbenhillman.com.






Monday, December 10, 2012

PEACE to the CITY of MILLS and BEYOND


I can’t believe its here already, the week when BIG BEN and THE ROYAL FAM ILY finally return to their roots in LOWELL, MA!!

You will find us performing at THE BACK PAGE THIS FRIDAY DECEMBER 14th starting at 9 PM, and we’ll play ALL NIGHT LONG… until 1 AM. We’ll be funkin’ and rockin’ it hard, and from what I’ve been told THE BACK PAGE is a great place for DANCING and GETTIN’ DOWN. So I expect to see all my FUNKHEADS front and center straight from the DOWNBEAT! 

In the days leading up to the event we have been fortunate enough to visit two of the top RADIO STATIONS in the city: AM 980 WCAP and 91.5 FM WUML. This past Friday I visited with JACK BALDWIN at WCAP, and played a brief solo set as good friend D-TENSION looked on, as he was there to talk about his COMEDY EVENT going on earlier that evening.



It wasn’t easy squeezing my keyboard into that tiny little studio, but it was well worth it as I had an opportunity to try out a brand new song I had just written that morning as well as a special version of IT MUST HAVE BEEN THE MUSIC I wrote for solo piano and voice.

Then it was on to the ALMOST ACCOUSTIC show on WUML with my new friend MIKE FLYNN, where we recorded a live set with the full band. Unfortunately due to some technical difficulties the program was unable to be aired at its scheduled time, but the recording will be played on air THIS COMING SATURDAY at approximately 1 PM… the day after the BACK PAGE gig.



So it’s been an exciting week, and I pray that there will be many more opportunities to perform and play my music for you all in the not too distant future. I expect that if the gig at BACK PAGE goes well this Friday then we should be playing there on a somewhat regular basis – so PLEASE TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS and COME ON DOWN to the show!! WE NEED YOU THERE!!!

If for some reason you just CAN’T make it to the gig, it will be broadcast LIVE ON AIR at AM 980 WCAP. You can listen on line here: http://980wcap.com