|Ben Prestage Saturday Sept 19th|
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
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.
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
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,
Putnam County Commission and the Putnam County Tourist Development