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Ben Miller Band Album Release Party & Concert
March 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm$15 - $18
The SteamPlant Event Center & Three Trees Events proudly present THE BEN MILLER BAND featuring the Catfish Waldrip/Bruce Hayes Duo!
This SteamPlant Ballroom party celebrates the release of Choke Cherry Tree, the latest release from the Ben Miller Band — an edgy Americana roots rock combo of multi-instrumentalists.
Choke Cherry Tree introduces a retooled Ben Miller Band lineup, with Miller and fellow founding member Scott Leeper joined by new additions Rachel Ammons and Smilin’ Bob Lewis. The pair’s multi-instrumental skills bring added authority to Miller’s rootsy new compositions, while maintaining the high energy level (complete with homemade instruments constructed from broken and discarded axes) that originally endeared the band to its fans. Elsewhere, Rachel Ammons’ expressive vocals lend depth to the haunting “Redwing Blackbird.”
Listen to the new album here!
Tickets & Information
Show at 8:00 pm, doors at 7:30. **in the Ballroom** Get here early for a chance to win a copy of the Ben Miller Band’s new album, Choke Cherry Tree!
Tickets are $15 advance/$18 at the door and can be purchased ONLINE HERE or at the SteamPlant Box Office.
Cash bar featuring brews from Salida’s Soulcraft Brewing!
**This event is in the SteamPlant Ballroom**
Since its formation in 2004, the Joplin, Missouri-bred Ben Miller Band has staked out an iconoclastic niche that’s established them as both a one-of-a-kind creative unit and a grassroots fan favorite. Channeling a century’s worth of far-flung American musical influences into rousing songcraft that radiates with smarts and soul, Miller’s tunes achieve a musical and emotional depth that belies the material’s (and the musicians’) rough exterior.
The hard-working unit first won a regional fan base through old-fashioned ingenuity and an unstinting work ethic, generating a national buzz and a high-profile 2013 tour of Europe with ZZ Top, thanks to the patronage of avowed BMB fan Billy Gibbons.
The Ben Miller Band’s early D.I.Y. approach extended to the lo-tech, largely self-built, instruments that the members still play on stage, including Miller’s thrift-shop guitars and banjos and Scott Leeper’s one-string washtub bass. The band’s use of offbeat instrumentation, however, shouldn’t be misunderstood as a gimmick.
“What I really care about is songs, and the rest of it is just a vehicle to get you to that destination,” Miller asserts, adding, “We have no interest in being some kind of wacky novelty act, and just because we use junk to make music doesn’t mean we aren’t serious about it.”