Tell the Band to Go Home proudly presents:
Ben de la Cour
at The Sunset Saloon (house concert in Westwood)
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Suggested donation $15-20 (price flexible, all proceeds to the artist)
If you wish, bring a drink for yourself, and/or a snack to share, but we’ve always got plenty of all of those on hand!
All are welcome (bring the kids, friends, family, people off the street, whatever)! Our house is family friendly (we’ve got 3 kids, a trampoline, and plenty of room, so feel free to bring the family), easy-going, friendly, and open to all! If you don’t know us yet, come on down and make some new friends!
The Sunset Saloon is a house concert venue in Westwood (near the YMCA on Portage.) We’re open to all. Feel free to pass along the event info, bring friends, bring your kids (our kids will thank you), or just come by yourself and make some new friends! Admission is by donation, which goes directly to the artists. Most folks pay $20, but any hard-working musician wouldn’t turn down more and will take whatever is comfortable for you to give.
Please RSVP for the address and more information!
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I get requests all the time from people wanting to play at The Sunset Saloon. Most of them, especially artists that are completely new & unknown to me (and presumably everyone else in town) get turned down. But this one came from a reliable source, Sunset Saloon mainstay, Brock Zeman. He knows what I like, and when he first came across Ben de la Cour in Nashville, he knew that this guy was something special, and knew that we’d be interested.
Boy, was he right! More out of courtesy to Brock than anything, I gave Ben’s newest album, Midnight in Havana a listen. It didn’t take long for this to turn from a friendly courtesy into an obsession. Here, have a listen to one of my favourites and see what I mean:
and watch this:
Zeman tells me “He’s oddly energetic on stage as well. He is really something. I heard him with a full band at Americana fest in Nashville and he was all over the stage. Really interesting stage presence.”
One of the best albums I’ve heard from 2016 and high praise from Brock Zeman? Sold! We’re really looking forward to this one!
If you want to know more about Ben, here’s some official bio praise:
Ben de la Cour has lived a different kind of life. After growing up in Brooklyn, he set out to see the world as an amateur boxer, bartender, janitor and agricultural worker in Havana, London, Los Angeles and New Orleans before settling in Nashville. Influenced as much by giants such as Townes Van Zandt and Warren Zevon as by Nick Cave and The Gun Club, Ben de la Cour has managed to meld all of these influences into a uniquely modern, haunting and sometimes darkly humorous sound that is all his own.
“Ben de la Cour’s songs are brimming with urgent authenticity. There is thematic hardness and vulnerability throughout, but what distinguishes de la Cour’s songs from lesser guitar-and-anguished-vocals hacks is the raw humanity of his delivery and the potency of his way with words.”
In 2016 Ben de la Cour won the prestigious Kerrville New Folk Competition and released ‘Midnight in Havana’, eleven tightly crafted songs of what he refers to as “Americanoir”. Tales of substance abuse, murder and mental illness sit in perfect juxtaposition with occasional moments of playful lightheartedness and the ever-present glimmer of hope. However, upon closer inspection, darkness almost always wins…an unlikely hero, but one that suits de la Cour.
“Gruff but well-read, quiet but dancing circles on one heel in the kitchen, Ben de la Cour is the enigma, the lone picker, the troubadour, the drifter, the one man band. He is a revitalizing force, providing the songwriting world with the honesty and emotion, the wisdom and history that is usually lost on singers trying to write the next beer can-blue jean hit.”
(American Music Project)
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