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Article in “Siesta Sand” by Mike Sales

Good friend and local musician Mike Sales just published an article in the Siesta Sand publication interviewing me with a focus on my role as host of the SKOB Open Mic Jam, which I host every Tuesday night from 7-11pm. Take a read through, it’s so great to have people like Mike propping up the local music scene!


Also, speaking of local music scene, I was extremely fortunate tonight to play at the famous Skipper’s Smokehouse with Sandi Grecco on drums and my loop pedals. Here is the setlist as best as I can remember:

  1. Friction (solo)
  2. Touch
  3. Except for You
  4. When I’m Supposed To
  5. The Collector
  6. Worst Kind of Perfect
  7. Paranoid Android Radiohead Cover (solo)
  8. Hipster Juliet

My Quick-job Contribution to the Recursive Moustache Meme

Got a Gig! (Trombone Success Kid)

Posted: November 21, 2012 in Off-Topic
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Got a Gig! (Trombone Success Kid)

My take on the classic success kid meme.

Kristen Modeling Shirts

3 Different Styles, Tons of Bright Colors!

YAY! New shirts are in, and awaiting your order. Show off your love of independent music to the world! When people look at it and say “Who?” you tell em! 3 different styles available: Guys/Girls Tees for only 15$, Girls/Hipsters V-Necks for 20$, and Girls Racerback Tanks for 20$. Lots of  bright, vibrant colors, these will be awesome whether you’re rocking it down here in Florida with me now, or up North somewhere cold pretending you are 🙂

Click on the pic above or visit to place your order! Or save the shipping charges and pick one up at a live show! Logo: Kyle Cross / Printing: Koala Tee / Model: Kristen Rouse


Posted: November 25, 2011 in On-Topic
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Ben Hammond Band Live at 5 O’Clock Club, 5:30-7:30 Friday Nov 25, 2011

1 week from today I will be playing at the first ever MacFest, to be held in beautiful downtown Bradenton, Fl. I will be playing at 3pm; also appearing at this FREE, family friendly event will be “Dangerous” Dan Toler, Pedro Arevalo, Mich Kach, Kettle of Fish, Michael Mac Band, and tons more! For more info visit the blog or the facebook fan page.

While we’re on the topic of local festivals, I thought I would share some photos and a follow up on the awesome local original music festival: Noise Ordinance. As mentioned in a previous posting, I was selected as one of 39 local original bands from an audition pool of over 130 bands! This years festival was truly a success; raising money for WSLR (local radio station) and their new studio. The festival was truly exciting to be part of this year; huge energy on stage and from the crowd, and hundreds of people there to hear ORIGINAL material. That’s right, not a single Jimmy Buffett / Sublime / Jack Johnson request the entire night! If you would like a free copy of the sampler CD come ask me at a live show.

Here are some photos of the night from local photographer Peter Acker:

Don’t try this at home kids (making a boy-band album cover, that is)

The United States has hostels! Not many, but the few I have found thus far have been friendly, clean and a welcome respite from the sea of McDonalds and Days Inns that seem to constitute the majority of the American traveler’s experience. I stumbled onto a great place just north of Indianapolis called Indy Hostel. Just below the upbeat little village of Broad Ripple, this little place only gets cooler when you note the local art displayed on wall and the outdoor stage which hosts traveling and local singer songwriters. Weird, what I a coincidence, I just checked their schedule and I’m playing on that very stage on Thursday July 22nd at 8pm. Strange it should come up in our blogversation. Donations will be gladly accepted and put towards paying off the fuel bill from this tour!

After checking out of the hostel and leaving my Vietnamese friend “Luck”, I prepared for party mode. My videographer / roady / photographer / party coordinator flew in from Florida, and we prepared for the July 4th weekend; to be spent poolside with our newly-wed, newly-made friends in Carmel, IN. Many adult-beverages and legal-fireworks later and the weekend was over and it was time to go back to work: my appearance at Carmelfest 2010 (video will be appearing online soon!)


Playing by the Pool

I took this festival slot and the massive stage/PA as a challenge, deciding to fore-go my complicated loop pedal setup for my new toy: the BOSS OC-3 Octave Pedal. This pedal rocks; it even has a mode where it low-passes the signal and only doubles the octave on the lower notes of your guitar. This setup is perfect for my thumb/claw picking style, adding that extra low end missing in a normal single guitar setup. Q: How many bass players does it take to screw in a light-bulb? A: None, I can now do it with my thumb! (drum fill please) I had a lot of fun as did the steady stream of listeners, and schedule allowing, I will be back next year.


Falls where you can see a Moonbow

The following week saw my previously mentioned assistant (read: girlfriend) Kristen and I traveling around some of the most beautiful and/or fun places this part of the country has to offer: the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Smoky Mountains, and the Ashe- AND Nash-villes. As if to bring the week full circle, our stay in Nashvegas was topped off by another slightly more adventurous late night fireworks display set off by our host and my former kindergarten class mate. Thanks Ian for the hospitality / explosions! Next stop: New England!

PS: We also went to the chillingly well-attended Creation “Museum”. Well, we went to the parking lot and grounds, and I

12 mile hike to and past Grotto Falls, 6 of which were somewhat accidental…

sighed relief at not having yet put a Science eats Myth fish emblem on my Volvo. We walked around their nicely maintained gardens which were bizarrely laid out in sections that correspond with various epochs of evolution: sparse plant life amongst the red rocks complete with sprinklers-cum-steam fissures; water features with fish and then reptiles which led to the bird nesting grounds; and finally a petting zoo (containing mammals). We got bored shortly and left. I try not to be overly political and attempt to offend no-one on this blog, but this issue has nothing to do with politics, nor even religion. It basically boils down to either misunderstanding or complete ignorance of modern science. OK, rant over. Although I do like their idea of strengthening an unfounded fantasy by simply building a museum to it. I think I might fund the building of the “Ben was an awesome NBA player Museum” for after I die. Who’s to say I wasn’t? Anything they say against it is only a theory.