Acclaimed neo-soul singer and guitarist Benjamin Booker is back in Nashville to support his second full-length record Witness. Oct. 9, he’ll stop by The Basement East to perform cuts off his celebrated sophomore LP as well as his critically-acclaimed self-titled debut. Get there early to check out brand new music from NYC alt-rockers She Keeps Bees. A few tickets are still available here, and we’re also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky fan, so enter below, and keep reading to find out more about the lineup.
As a teen and young adult, Benjamin Booker dreamed of becoming a music journalist. After attending college in Florida, he decided to try his hand at playing music himself. After just a few months of performing and writing, he released his four-track EP Waiting Ones in 2012. His sound fused elements of classic blues artists, modern punk, and folk rhythms. That independent release earned Booker plenty of buzz online, and led to a record deal with ATO Records the following year. In December 2013, he recorded his self-titled debut here in Nashville at The Bomb Shelter. His debut single from his 2014 eponymous release, “Violent Shiver,” was praised by critics. Benjamin Booker landed on many of the year’s top album charts and landed him slots on the festival circuit, along with a spot opening for Jack White.
After relentless touring for nearly three years, Booker got back into the studio and recorded his follow-up LP. The result is Witness, which dropped back in June and features an elevated sound that takes nods to gospel and soul greats of the past. The record poetically takes on some of the biggest issues in the U.S. right now, including racism and police brutality. His appearance at The Basement East is sure to be a powerful and moving performance that you won’t want to miss.
SHE KEEPS BEES
Based in Brooklyn, She Keeps Bees supply biting and moody rock, powered by only vocals, guitar and drums. Members Jessica Larrabee and Andy LaPlant have been performing together since 2006 and have never been shy lyrically. Earlier this year, they dropped the politically-charged track “Our Bodies,” which takes on America’s current struggle to bring affordable healthcare to all citizens. Be sure to get to The Basement East early to get acquainted with this highly underrated duo and get a first listen to their brand new material.
ENTER TO WIN TICKETS
Enter to win tickets by filling out the form below. Must be 21+ to attend. If you experience any trouble with the contest widget, or have any questions, feel free to email us at [email protected].
Winner will be announced Friday, Oct. 6 at 12 p.m. CDT, and will receive one pair of tickets. Good luck!
Benjamin Booker and She Keeps Bees will perform Monday, Oct. 9 at The Basement East. The show is 21+, begins at 9 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $18.