102.9 WMGK presents ZZ TOP w/ the Ben Miller Band at Electric Factory - Philadelphia PA (3/14) Saturday March 14th, 2015 Electric Factory 421 North 7th Street Philadelphia PA 19123 ON-SALE NOW! Tickets: bit.ly/1s9x2yS ✯✯✯ ZZ Top ✯✯✯ http://www.zztop.com https://www.facebook.com/ZZTop https://twitter.com/ZZTop http://instagram.com/zztop This sturdy American blues-rock trio from Texas consists of Billy Gibbons (guitar), Dusty Hill (bass), and Frank Beard (drums). They were formed in 1970 in and around Houston from rival bands the Moving Sidewalks (Gibbons) and American Blues (Hill and Beard). One of the few rock & roll group with its original members still aboard after four decades, ZZ Top play music that is always instantly recognizable, eminently powerful, profoundly soulful, and 100% American in derivation. They have continued to support the blues through various means, perhaps most visibly when they were given a piece of wood from Muddy Waters' shack in Clarksdale, MS. ZZ Top's support and link to the blues remains as rock solid as the music they play. The Rick Rubin and Gibbons-produced La Futura, the band's 15th studio album, and the group's first new studio outing since 2003's Mescalero, appeared in 2012. ✯✯ Ben Miller Band ✯✯ http://montereyinternational.net/artists/thebenmillerband http://www.benmillerband.com https://www.facebook.com/benmillerband https://myspace.com/benmillerband https://twitter.com/benmillerband https://www.youtube.com/user/benmillerband The Ben Miller Band formed, roughly, in 2005, as a result of an open-mike night experiment gone right. Ben Miller, who grew up in rural Washington state before attending art school in Philadelphia, had been working as an open-mike night host in his adopted home of Joplin, Missouri when he met and began playing music with Doug Dicharry and Scott Leeper. Miller fronts the band on guitar (styles include both slide and fingerpicking), banjo, harmonica, and lead vocals. He's also proven to be an accomplished songwriter. Dicharry is primarily a percussionist, though he also plays trombone and mandolin. Percussion-wise he handles drums, washboard, and electric spoons. Leeper gives the band its backbone, keeping rhythm on his homemade one-string washtub bass. The bass is constructed from a weed-eater string that runs from the end of a stick that sits upon an inverted washtub, to the washtub itself, which presumably houses an elaborate pickup system that gives the instrument's deep resonant sound a lot more volume than you'd expect. Occasionally, Leeper also keeps rhythm on the side of an old-school fire bell that he's transformed into an interesting-sounding drum. Dicharry and Leeper both add backing vocals as well. The band plays a gritty, modern mixture of various types of old American heritage music, including blues, bluegrass, folk, and country.
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