Tuesday, November 19, 2013

EPIC GIGS!!!

The last couple of weeks have been nothing short of AMAZING... dare I say even EPIC?!? That is a word that tends to get thrown about frivolously these days, but I promise you there is no frivolity in my delivery right now.

Last weekend in New York was great. We had an excellent turn out at club GROOVE; playing on stage at this West Village hot spot is always a good time. We met some great folks, made some new friends, and for the first time in a while we managed to keep almost everyone there dancing until closing time. We love playing at GROOVE and we can't wait to get back in there again soon!

Paula Green, Dave Smith, Kyle Christian, Dameyun Henry and myself take time between sets at GROOVE NYC to take a picture with some fans from Canada.
We'll be back in New York City on December 13th at THE SHRINE in HARLEM. It's been a little while since we've played over there, but it's always a good time. This will be the first time for us playing an extended two-hour set over at THE SHRINE, starting at 10 PM and ending at midnight. We are very excited to showcase some NEW and ORIGINAL material at this show, so we really hope that you and all of your friends will come on by help us to make this yet another EPIC GIG!!!

Posing with the fabulous Paula Green at GROOVE NYC
Lastly, I need to give a big SHOUT OUT to everyone in my old hometown of LOWELL, MA who came out to see the band and I play at THE BACK PAGE. It was truly and extraordinary night! Aided by the unseasonably warm weather and perhaps by some overflow from the GUSTER show happening across the way at the Memorial Auditorium, we managed to fit more people in that club than I think I had ever seen in there, and everyone was having a great time!

Big Ben with drummer Mike Stephan at The Back Page in Lowell, MA on November 16, 2013 (thanks to Barbra DeLauriers for the photo.)
I am so grateful to everyone who came out and partied with us. Your love and support as always is greatly appreciated! Of course I want to thank my good friends Mike Flynn at WUML and Jack Baldwin at WCAP for helping my get the word out over the airways. Of course we also want to thank everyone over at THE BACK PAGE for having us back, we hope to come back and do it again real soon!

If you're in the New England area you can come check us out at TOAD in PORTER SQUARE in CAMBRIDGE, MA on FRIDAY DECEMBER 20th at 10 PM. Hope to see you there!!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

CHANGES and NEW DATES ADDED

As happens sometimes in this crazy business of music-making, things can change in an instant and all at once! As such I've had to make a few changes to the schedule recently, including the last minute addition of a show at GROOVE in NYC this SATURDAY NOVEMBER 9th at midnight!!



If you are anywhere in the New York City area then you should definitely come by and check us out! It's always a good time over there. Cold drinks, delicious food, friendly staff and some of the best music you'll hear in the whole damn city - you really can't go wrong!

For all of my friends and fans a little closer to my hometown of Boston, it saddens me greatly to say that the gig we had scheduled at TOAD in CAMBRIDGE on Friday November 29th has been CALLED OFF due to a scheduling issue with the venue. I'm afraid there is nothing we can do about this one, folks.

However, we will still be ROCKING over there on FRIDAY DECEMBER 20th at 10 PM for sure!! So hopefully if all goes well we will be looking at doing a regular slot over there on the 3rd Friday of each month. I've really got my fingers crossed for this one... but I will need YOUR HELP in order to make this happen!

Please, if you care about live music - in particular LIVE FUNK and SOUL music - then PLEASE come out and show your support! And don't just come out by yourself, tell all your friends and family. Let them know just how IMPORTANT it is to you personally that we keep this music and this TRADITION alive! Together we can make it happen!!



I recently visited the old WUML studios in LOWELL, MA to help promote my upcoming gig at THE BACK PAGE on SATURDAY NOVEMBER 16th. If you were able to tune then you heard a brief preview of my upcoming single "Friday Night." I'm still making some adjustments to the mix, but as soon as it's done the song will be available for download here at www.bigbenhillman.com, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for that.

Lastly, I've heard from a few people who have said they were having trouble ordering items from the merch store. I am looking into this to see exactly what the problem is. All I can say at this point is that the store is a work in progress, so please be patient with me as I work out all the kinks.

Alright, children... so to recap I'll see you in NYC at CLUB GROOVE this coming SATURDAY the 9th, and I'll see you in LOWELL, MA next SATURDAY the 16th at THE BACK PAGE. Let's get it done and FUNK IT UP HARD, people!!!