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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers

Opener: Libby DeCamp
  • Doors Open: 7:30 pm
  • Show Starts: 8:00 pm
  • Ticket Price: $15
  • Genre: Contemporary Songwriters & Groups
  • Genre-Defying

Sounds both ancient and modern


A charismatic charmer and a smasher of pianos. A madman and an earnest poet. A strummer of delicate chords and a lover of bent and broken melodies. Ben Caplan is not any one thing. As he releases his second album, he's already gained a following in more than a dozen countries from Australia to Europe and across North America, and it's no surprise. Ben Caplan is simply unforgettable; with his huge beard and unruly mane, he is as visually striking as he is aurally compelling. His rough and textured tones cut through crowded halls with an enormous voice, roaring louder than raucous crowds. The microphone looks almost superfluous. But looks are deceiving; once he has your attention, Ben can croon smoother than a glass of single malt whisky, pouring beauty into a harsh world. Inspired in part by Eastern European and Jewish folk traditions, Ben Caplan mixes older musical sensibilities with his own soul, straight from his hairy heart. Lyrically, you've not heard the like before. Often edgy and dark, he holds a mirror up to show us our nasty dies, singing about the ugliness—and showing us that this darkness is the root of the sublime. His new album, "Birds with Broken Wings," explodes with sounds both ancient and modern, with more than 30 musicians and even more instruments, combining acoustic sounds from around the world. It's all smoothly blended by the hottest international production team around. It's uncharted territory, and Ben Caplan's leading the way. Songwriter Libby DeCamp, who just released her debut EP, "Cross Sections," opens the show.

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Ben Caplan

Ben Caplan performs "Stranger" in Studio Q