|Ben Hassenger Music Schedule|
The Ukulele Kings Workshop and Concert with SOUP
Saturday Nov 4
1 pm - 4 pm
London Music Club
The Ukulele Kings are honoured to be asked to come and present their 'Playing Well with Others' workshop and perform in a concert for the Southern Ontario Ukulele Players, or SOUP! The time is 1 - 3 pm and cost is $20 CAD, more details here: http://londonsoup.weebly.com/special-concert--workshop.html
Steve Poltz at the Robin Theatre
Friday Nov 10
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Robin Theatre
From Ben - Rhea and I saw Steve at the Kingsville Folk Festival this summer and totally feel in love with him. You don't want to miss this show!)
Steve Poltz is not normal.
He was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada) but has lived most of his life in Southern California and those geographic poles are quite likely responsible for his unhinged genius. He is a dual citizen - Canada/USA - but has often said that, 'should a hostage situation arise, I become conveniently Canadian.'
Over the course of his life hes met Elvis Presley (who hugged his sister for far too long), trick or treated at Liberaces house (each finger had a diamond ring), was Bob Hopes favourite altar boy (according to him), bravely traveled the world busking before he knew how to do it, famously co-wrote You Were Meant For Me with Jewel, pissed off David Cassidy and can count some of the worlds coolest people as fans.
Hes also an ex high school wrestler (98 pound class), an obsessed baseball fan, a yoga practitioner, a hopeless romantic, a smart-ass philosopher and a child-like adventurer/observer with an absurdists view of this crazy world and the various life-forms that inhabit it. He's interested in it all - the big and the small, the sublime and the ridiculous, the terrestrial and the cosmic. He doesn't just love life, he rides it bareback, naked, at a full gallop with one hand clenched deep in its mane and the other waving to anyone watching as he flies by. Time is ticking and he has work to do . . .
As a recording artist, hes fronted the semi-legendary Rugburns and is responsible for a critically lauded body of work on his own: One Left Shoe, Chinese Vacation, Answering Machine, The Barn (a children's album), Tales From The Tavern (a performance DVD), Traveling, Unraveling, Dreamhouse, Noineen Noiny Noin and most recently the soundtrack for the acclaimed Sundance-screened documentary film, Running Wild - The Life of Dayton O. Hyde.
As good as his albums are (and they're very, very good), Steve positively owns a crowd when he's on stage, where the proverbial rubber hits the road. His shows are the stuff of legend no two are alike and can take an unsuspecting audience from laughter to tears and back again in the space of a single song. He is a master of improvisational songwriting and works without a set list to be free to react instantly to the mood of a room. It's also worth mentioning that he is an astonishing guitar player on top of everything else. He is quite possibly the most talented, and engaging, solo performer on this planet. That's what 250+ shows a year on three continents will do for you.
Whether he's Canadian, or American, or simply from space there's no denying there's only one Steven Joseph Joshua Poltz and to know him is to love him.
Lansing Area Ukulele Group Strum & Sing
Saturday Nov 11
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Sir Pizza Grand Cafe
Bring your uke and join us for our monthly strum and sing. All levels welcomed, songs will be posted at http://benhassenger.com/laugh/ approximately one week in advance.
The Ukulele Kings at MAMA's Coffeehouse opening for Diamonds in the Rust
Saturday Nov 18
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Birmingham United Church
Now in its 25th season, MAMA's Coffeehouse continues its tradition of presenting concerts of fine acoustic music, featuring regional and nationally touring performers. MAMA's is a nonprofit organization, a production of Michigan Acoustic Musicians Alliance (MAMA) and Birmingham Unitarian Church.
We are so very happy to be opening for some of our favorite people, the Michigan folk-music supergroup, Diamonds in the Rust. In what began simply as an idea to tour together, Annie & Rod Capps and Jan Krist & Jim Bizer (along with percussionist/composer Alan Finkbeiner) have formed a new band. Each already well-known for their performing prowess, the new group promises to be that much more. Everyone sings, everyone plays multiple instruments, and the band boasts a trio of respected, award-winning songwriters. The repertoire also includes a few choice selections from the rich musical history of the place where they grew and learned their craft.
There's also an open mic at 7:30, more info at: https://www.bucmi.org/mamas-coffeehouse