BENJAMIN BOOKER – Tickets – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC – October 23rd, 2017

BENJAMIN BOOKER

BENJAMIN BOOKER

She Keeps Bees

Mon, October 23, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

9:30 Club

Washington, DC

$20

BENJAMIN BOOKER


Benjamin Booker is an American musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist. He cites The Gun Club, Blind Willie Johnson and T. Rex as influences. His music was described by the Chicago Tribune as "a raw brand of blues/boogie/soul," by The Independent as "frenzied guitar-strumming and raw, soulful vocals that are hair-raising in intensity” and by SPIN as "bright, furious, explosive garage rock.”

Benjamin was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia. His family relocated to Tampa, Florida, where he attended all-ages DIY punk shows as a teenager. He attended Orange Grove Middle School, a magnet school for the performing arts, followed by Hillsborough High School, where he studied in the International Baccalaureate Program. He then attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, studying journalism with intentions of going into music journalism. After college, he moved to New Orleans to work for a non-profit organization and began playing shows.

Booker's self-titled debut album was recorded in December 2013 at The Bomb Shelter, an analog studio in Nashville. Produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff), the album was released on August 19, 2014 via ATO Records in the United States and Rough Trade Records in Europe. He went on to open shows for Jack White and Courtney Barnett.

Booker's second album Witness was written primarily in Mexico City and released on June 2, 2017. The album was produced by Sam Cohen (Kevin Morby) and announced with the premiere of its title track "Witness" (featuring Mavis Staples) alongside an essay written by Booker which detailed the experience that led him towards writing the album's title track. The album has garnered praise from Rolling Stone, the NY Times, and the Guardian.
She Keeps Bees
She Keeps Bees


Considering how controlled the chaos was on Eight Houses—the bands last offering, which was ruptured by riffs and rattled by rhythms without leaping straight off the rails—it's tough to imagine a time when Jessica Larrabee and Andy LaPlant didn't finish each other's sentences, creatively and personally. But that's how She Keeps Bees began: with LaPlant bashing a borrowed kit (including a garbage-picked floor tom) atop a step-ladder and Larrabee directing the dark solo recordings she began soon after moving from Philadelphia to Brooklyn.

The band, which formed in 2006, have been compared to the likes of Patti Smith, the White Stripes, and Cat Power. The New York Times's ArtsBeat compared Larrabee to PJ Harvey, but added that "far from Ms. Harvey’s theatrical poise, Ms. Larrabee is loose, vehement and unchoreographed, jittering around the stage.”

She Keeps Bees is planning to release a 7” in the Summer of 2017, their first new music since 2014’s Eight Houses.
Venue Information:
9:30 Club
815 V St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
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