Sunday November 12
7:00pm - 10:00pm
The Uptown Poetry Slam
Hosted by MARC KELLY SMITH, the originator of the Poetry Slam
Ben Benedict has been playing bluegrass since his father put a mandolin in his hands at the ripe old age of four. His original song ‘Simplify’, as performed by the Henhouse Prowlers, won the 2010 International Acoustic Music Awards Bluegrass/Country song of the year. The song can also be heard on the popular video game ‘Watchdogs’ which was released in 2014. You can also hear Ben’s original piece ‘Newsome Ridge’ as the theme song from the PBS mini-series ‘The Ride of Our Lives’, written, produced and recorded by NBC Today Show correspondent Mike Leonard.
Ben has toured regionally and nationally with various Chicago-based bands, and can now be seen with his own group (aptly named ‘Ben Benedict Band’).
The band is currently in the studio recording a new full-length album of Ben’s original material due out in the spring of 2018.
Plus the music of STEVEN HASHIMOTO ( electric bass), CARTER LUKE (piano), and HEATH CHAPPELL (drums)