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Great Youtube Comment!

Posted: June 5, 2013 in Off-Topic
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Great Youtube Comment!

Wanted to share this awesome comment I just received on a youtube video I put up a few years ago of me performing “Wagon Wheel” by New River Gorge in West Virginia.

“my husband david ran across this video on youtube..and we live in GA but im from Beckley, anyway..after watching this video we found the Longpoint trail and hiked it…all bc of this video. it was amazing and ill [be] hiking it again…and again”

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!

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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

Anna Maria Island Music!

Hey everybody! Check out the awesome little music scene happening up on Anna Maria Island! Myself and a bunch of other local acts having been jamming up there as of late (Come Back Alice, Kettle of Fish, etc), and there’s a lot to see. I’ve got 3 shows scheduled up there now, March 15 7-10pm at The Blue Marlin with my trio (James Dabone on horns and Cort Farris on Drums and Pan), and also March 22nd and April 12th at Dcoy Ducks with my full band (add Garrett Dawson on World Percussion, Matt Frost on Keys and tons more surprise guests!). Every show I’ve played up there so far has been a blast; a really responsive audience and a ton of fun. Come join in!

Also want to give a shout out to AMI Radio for their tireless support of independent musicians. They had me on for an on-air interview / performance a few weeks ago and I had a lot of fun meeting them and chatting with such positive, music loving people. Please support them by checking out their website, podcasts and AM Radio broadcast when you’re on island. Listen to my interview here: (interview)

 

PLEASE CONFIRM BEFORE GOING! Some of these listings may be outdated and are constantly changing.

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Tuesdays

Wednesdays

  • Pastry Art Cafe – Open Mic, 7-10pm. (info)

Thursdays

Sundays

Mondays

Why I Put Together This List:

Sarasota, FL is a really great city for music, especially considering it’s relatively small size. I have so many friends that are making a living playing music in a way that is simply not possible in other parts of the country. Yes, there are huge problems with the city’s and county’s noise ordinances. Yes, the bigger established clubs can be a little “covers” oriented. However, people like the NoiseOrdinanceCD.com project are making big progress on both these accounts, and every year I return to find a new crop of incredible musicians moving into town or making their way onto the circuit. I’ve been extremely lucky to take over as host at the long-running SKOB Open Mic.

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It has been an incredible way for me personally to network, shed new tunes, ‘audition’ new potential players, and test my skills as a bandleader. More importantly, it functions as a type of an incubator for musicians, combining new players to town, older players looking to get back into it, guitarists who don’t sing with singers who don’t play, etc. I have been honored to help guide this process as both an observer and a participant.

In this spirit, I have compiled the above list of Open Mics and Open Jams in Sarasota, in the hopes of encouraging developing musicians, budding songwriters, traveling professionals form out of town, and established players seeking the final piece of their band ‘puzzle’. Whether you’re a pro with a night off, an amateur seeking improvement from an encouraging audience, or a music lover who understands the “next big thing” is probably actually tuning his guitar in your local bar down the street, come out and support local music at some of these events and let’s keep this one big awesome happy musical family.

Much love! Come say hi on Tuesday!

Ben

Footage from the Inlet on the Jersey Shore, featuring Cort Farris on steel pan and drumset. This tune is a cover medley put together by Sublime from their album “40 oz to Freedom”. I am using an OC-3 Octave Pedal for the Bass, and also a Boomerang Loop Station to live loop myself (vocal percussion).

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In 2010 I got to tour all over the Eastern and Midwestern US, and had my camera rolling for parts of it. I decided to finally cobble together that footage into a quick little time-lapsed music video for my summer rocker from a few years ago, “Something New”, which was recently released on my disc “[Reasonably] Honest Extended Edition”.

If you want to buy/stream this tune you can:

– Check it out on Itunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/reasonably-honest-extended/id350749973#

– Check it out on Pandora:http://www.pandora.com/#/music/song/ben+hammond/something+new

– Or buy the CD/MP3 on CDBaby: http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/BenHammond

Check out this sweet video from my friend and fellow Effusion A Cappella Alum Akua Carson. Not only is it a catchy tune with a cool quirky video, it also features shots of the coolest city in North America: Montreal. I miss you guys up there! Great job on the song Akua! Rumo(u)rs have it that an Akua E.P. will be out sometime next year…