“Music started right on time at 2:30 with Bonnie Blue, an excellent Jacksonville quartet playing their engaging brand of Southern blues and rock. Those early arrivals who made it to the Mushroom Stage got a real treat, and that joy continued with a set from the Ben Sparaco Band from Miami. It would be tempting to say that Sparaco channels Derek Trucks. Sounds similar. Plays similarly. One of his guitars is the same as Derek’s, I think. The set started with “Volunteered Slavery.” And yet Sparaco, …
From Scott Hopkins at MFN: “As I made my way to the amphitheater, I heard the wonderful strains of Roland Kirk’s “Volunteered Slavery,” done Derek Trucks-style. This was the Ben Sparaco Band from Coral Springs, north of Miami. Sparaco was playing a guitar that, to my amateur eyes, looked just like Trucks’, and he played the slide in much the same way. This is hardly a complaint; he and the band were excellent, a great start to the day. They …
Last night the Spring Tour for the Ben Sparaco Band kicked off with an Aura Pre-Party featuring Holly Bowling, Lather Up! and us at The Funky Buddha in Boca Raton. Here is the coverage in Live For Live Music featuring 2 videos of the band including one original. http://liveforlivemusic.com/show-reviews/watch-holly-bowling-cover-the-weeknd-in-the-middle-of-a-phish-song-full-show-audio/
During the Sunshine Music Festival after party held at The Funky Biscuit, Gregg Allman’s band played as “Dookey Shoe” along with the Albert Castiglia Band, Devon Allman Band, and special guests including Kofi Burbridge, Kebbi Williams, and Ephraim Owens from Tedeschi Trucks Band, as well as myself. Just before Dookey Shoe took the stage, Gregg showed up and ended up sitting in on a few songs in the intimate venue. See the Jambase Article for more.
The Ben Sparaco Band was mentioned in this article in Live For Live Music 12/27/15 http://liveforlivemusic.com/show-reviews/butch-trucks-sings-for-the-first-time-in-45-years-covers-bob-dylan-classic
Listing for hot tickets in August in the Sun-Sentinel, August 2015.