Saturday Nite Live At The Larimer

Ben Prestage Saturday Sept 19th
Ben Prestage at the Larimer Arts Center

The Arts Council of Greater Palatka is bringing back Ben Prestage for a third performance. The special concert will be September 19th at the Larimer Arts Center, 216 Reid Street, in Palatka. The doors will open at 7 and the two hour show starts at 7:30. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance for $10 at the Larimer Arts Center Monday through Thursday from 10-4. The cost at the door will be $15. This concert is for ages 17 and up.

Prestage first performed at The Larimer Arts Center in 2013 with a follow up in 2014. Arts Council executive Director, Denise Aiken, said, “It was so nice to see people coming from all over North and Central Florida to see such a high quality of entertainment here in our home town. This is part of what the Arts Council does for the community.” Luke Taft of the Arts Council said that Ben Prestage will likely be a sellout and seating is limited so advanced ticket purchase is strongly urged.

Ben Prestage is well known in music circles around the world. He is the ultimate in the one-man-band, playing percussion with his feet, an assortment of stringed instruments with his hands, and vocals and harmonica with his mouth. Prestage delivers a full band sound all on his own while performing heart felt songs about life, including its ups, downs, and humor. Ben's interesting approach to instrumentation and his award-winning original songwriting (recipient of "The Most Unique Performer" at "The Song- writers' Showcase of America") has earned him invitations to perform across North America, Europe, and as far as North Africa. All awards aside, he has proven himself, through his live performances, to be the future of American Blues, Roots Music, and Americana and is one of today’s most talented outsiders.

While living in Memphis, Prestage became a busker (street performer) on historic Beale Street. This is where he perfected his drum-kit. "I played out there a few times with nothing but a guitar and my voice. Once people heard me they liked it, but it was hard to get them on my side of the street with all the other music going on down there. There were some other guys out there who played drums with their feet, and they always got people's attention. I started playing drums with my feet as an attention grabber but soon found out that the drums played with foot pedals actually enhanced my music dramatically. Not only were people listening and buyin' discs, they were now dancing and hollerin' to boot. Now I am to the point where, if you close your eyes, you would think there was a professional drummer with a full-size drum kit behind me. I learned allot from the guys I shared the street with, including John Lowe, (inventor of the Lowebow, a type of diddley-bow that I play), Robert Belfour, and Richard Johnston."

Ben returned to Memphis over the next few years for the International Blues Challenge (the world's largest gathering of Blues musicians) and within three consecutive years he took 4th, 3rd, and 2nd place. He is also the only two-time recipient of the Lyon/Pitchford Award for "Best Diddley-Bow Player.

For more information about the show or to find out how to reserve tickets, call The Arts Council at (386) 328-8998. Concerts at the Larimer are supported in part by The City of Palatka, memberships, the Putnam County Tourist Development Council, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

The Arts Council of Greater Palatka’s Saturday Nite Live is supported in part by memberships, the Putnam County Tourist Development Council, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. For more information call 386-328-8998

The Arts Council is the Designated Local Arts Agency for Putnam County and is supported in part by our members,
 the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts,

the City of Palatka, the Putnam County Commission and the Putnam County Tourist Development Council.