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Ben Levin plays Dead Low Brewing 12.10.20

December 10, 2020 07:00 PM until December 10, 2020 09:30 PM

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Dead Low Brewing and the Cincy Blues Society proudly presents Ben Levin and his trio on Thursday December 10th. You won't want to miss this rising star of the blues world, performing originals and classic piano blues.

About Ben Levin:
At 17 Ben self-released his debut CD, Ben’s Blues, which included four original songs sprinkled in with covers of Professor Longhair, Big Maceo, John Lee Hooker, and others. Ben’s Blues was nominated for two Blues Blast Awards, best debut CD and Sean Costello “Rising Star” awards. The CD led to invitations for Ben to play at festivals and clubs in Europe, with Ben playing the prestigious LaRoquebrou (France) Boogie/Blues festival in summer 2017 and Beauforthuis Festival (Netherlands) and UK Boogie Fest in 2018. These tours also included performances at clubs in London and Amsterdam.

After winning the Dayton Blues Challenge, the Ben Levin Duo (Ben with Ricky Nye on drums) went on to place in the semi-finals of the International Blues Competition in Memphis in 2018. It was there that he met Bob Margolin, guitarist for the Muddy Waters band in the 1970s, and an enthusiastic promoter/mentor of young blues musicians. This meeting led to two sold out shows in Cincinnati (300 seats each) and the opportunity of a lifetime for Ben: an offer from Bob to play on Ben’s next CD.

2019 has been a watershed year for Ben. His passion to spread the blues to audiences of all ages saw him organize, plan, and headline several festivals/shows. Among these were the International Blues Showcase in Blue Ash, Ohio, in which Ben assembled a band of young blues musicians from around the world, including guitarist Takuto Asano (22, Japan) and harmonica player Ben White (19, UK) and the Summer Blues and BBQ Festival in Newport, KY where he teamed up with 2019 IBC finalist Gabe Stillman and 2015 finalist Noah Wotherspoon. Ben also invited his young friend 11 year old Moses Mabarak to open the show, and 93 year old Philip Paul (legendary King Records drummer) made a guest appearance, making for a truly multi-generational blues show.

In July 2019 Ben’s second CD Before Me was released by Vizztone Records to enthusiastic reviews, and the CD debuted in the top 50 blues CDs in a variety of radio-based charts around the world: Living Blues, Roots Music Report, Independent Blues Broadcasters Association, and Australian Blues and Roots. Ben’s mentors and heroes Bob Margolin (guitar), Bob Corritore (harmonica) and Philip Paul (drums) contribute to the CD with an authenticity that only decades of playing and recording can bring.

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