I just finished up my first (partial) year of college and last for the foreseeable future. It’s now full speed ahead for the Ben Sparaco Band and other projects I am fortunate to be involved in. Please check out our recently uploaded videos from Aura Festival and our second archival release LIVE Vol. 2 on Bandcamp.
The next two weeks are busy ones. We’re head into the Power Station Studios in Pompano Beach, FL to put the finishing touches on our first studio EP entitled “Bring The Jubilee” out April 22nd with very limited copies available directly from us at Wanee Festival. The EP is being engineered and mixed by the incredible Paul Kronk and features six original songs- two of which will be from live recordings. The track listing is at the bottom of this post.
On Friday, April 8th we are opening for legendary blues guitarist Walter Trout at The Funky Biscuit. Tickets are for sale online HERE. Reserved seating has sold out.
Wednesday, April 13th we are extremely excited to be making our debut at Wanee Festival for their Wednesday Happy Hour with the addition of my musical cohort for the past eight years Jared Zim on drums for some double drum madness- a special Wanee treat. I’ve wanted to play at Wanee for years and finally did it last year with Crazy Fingers. It’s a huge honor to play my own music this year and I’m really excited to be back at the Spirit Of Suwanee Music Park. Joining us on the Mushroom stage on Wednesday will be Bonnie Blue (who we will be doing some shows with throughout Florida and Georgia this summer), JUke, Crazy Fingers, Thomas Wynn and The Believers, and New Mastersounds. The BSB goes on at 4:00 but I will be at the festival all weekend. You can bet that I will be on stage a few times throughout the weekend. Tickets, full lineup, and schedule are available at http://www.waneefestival.com
In addition to playing at Wanee we will also be selling T-shirts and stickers designed by Madalyn Stefanak all weekend at the merch tent. We’re also very excited to have MunckMix recording our set to be released in high quality CD format, which will be for sale all weekend starting immediately after our set at the MunckMix booth. It will also be available for download online shortly after.
The Ben Sparaco online store will be up by the end of April so you can order T-shirts, stickers, CDs, live EPs, and more from anywhere in the world.
Plans for the rest of the summer include shows all around Florida on both coasts at venues like Maxi’s Lineup, 1904 Music Hall, The Kelsey Theater, The Funky Biscuit, Funky Buddha Lounge and Brewery, and more, plus we’ll be heading back out on the road for a longer tour of the south in July and opening for some national acts.
Thanks to everybody that comes to see me play for all of the support. It goes a long way and there’s nothing better than meeting new people all over the country through playing music. I have a long way to go but I wouldn’t be anywhere without the great people that have supported me for years. Stay in touch with me through my social media pages and I hope to see some new faces on the road this summer.
“Bring The Jubilee” Track Listing:
- Walk On The Levee
- Ghost Of A Self
- Hammer That Nail
- Soul Miner (Live)
- Who’s Gonna Follow (Live)
- Bring The Jubilee (Odd Entrance)