Saxtons River, VT
Instrumental / Rock/Jazz / World
Saturday, Dec. 8, the Ben Carr Music Project takes shape as an acoustic quartet
at Pleasant Valley Brewing in Saxtons River, VT. The show starts at 8 PM
and is Free!
The group features:
Ben - 'ukulele, percussion, vocals
Josh Maiocco - guitar, vocals
Eisenkramer - guitar, vocals
Jason Koerber - flute, clarnet, sax
This is the final BCMP show
of 2012 so I want to see you all out here showing some love, because you know that's
what we're putting into this music!
Pleasant Valley Brewing is located at 16 Main St, Saxtons River.
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for the support.
"With an ear on acoustic textures featuring the ukulele, and an eye on what some
would call traditional stereotypical hippie fashion, Ben Carr’s Oakleaf does
not disappoint. As I said, the focus here is the ukulele, not solo playing (all
the time) but worked into acoustic arrangements so that you know it’s the
voice Ben is balanced on. This music, which is an original vision of Ben’s,
is moody and withdrawn, open and loving. It takes you places with a gentle pull.
This is a sound that is being heard more around New England: the sound of a unique
artist pursuing, orchestrating and delivering his or her vision. You can tell other
bands are working up to this standard. Guys like Ben raise the bar. This music is
best HEARD, not as much listened too—one may get picky about the apparent
simplicity and unorthodox rhythmic and melodic figures. It’s a really interesting,
good work." Mike Loce, The Noise - Rock Around Boston
"I am incredibly
impressed, and my only complaint is that the CD is too short! I want more! This
is a rare piece of art, as you can listen from start to finish and never once miss
any version of vocals. Oh yeah, did I forget to tell you this is entirely instrumental?
The level of musicianship puts out more emotion than most of the singers out there
could possibly convey through lyrics." Chris Sonia, Cider Magazine
"Like a vacation in Hawaii or
a drive across the Pacific Coast, Oakleaf is a breezy, natural musical sojourn crafted
by multi-instrumentalist, Ben Carr
Oakleaf has a wonderful flow to it, beginning to end. "Apple Dance" is a catchy,
upbeat number with a similarly inspired line of percussion. The title track proper
shows how comfortable Ben is on the uke, aptly crafting an ever-morphing melody
that builds into a crescendo before cresting into a more peaceful place. "Funky
Uke" isn't lying, and the track has a strong and clean jazz vibe that is ridiculously
easy to tap your toes along with. "Riff'a'Driff" sounds like a jazz band's reckoning
of a variety of classic rock standards.
A true talent behind the uke (sic) and an inspired and very rhythmatic drummer, Ben
Carr is seemingly the epitome of the independent, do-it-yourself mentality. Oakleaf
is an easy-to-digest, soulful, delightfully eccentric mix of styles, heavy on substance
and quality writing.
" Kevin Sellers, Music Emissions