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Larry Baeder & Ben Harrison tickets at Key West Theater - Back Stage Listening Room in Key West
Thu Aug 4, 2022 - 7:00 PM

Key West Theater Presents

Larry Baeder & Ben Harrison

Summer Sounds: A Local-ish Concert Series


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Key West Theater Presents

Key West Theater Presents

Larry Baeder & Ben Harrison

Summer Sounds: A Local-ish Concert Series
Key West Theater - Back Stage Listening Room
512 Eaton Street
Key West, FL 33040
Thu Aug 4, 2022 - 7:00 PM
Ages: 21 & Over
Doors Open: 6:00 PM
Onsale: Fri Mar 11, 2022 - 12:00 PM
Key West Theater presents Larry Baeder & Ben Harrison in the Back Stage Listening Room as part of Summer Sounds: A Local-ish Concert Series running from June to August 2022 in Key West Theater's Main Stage and Back Stage Listening Room. Sponsored... More Info


Ben Harrison: What makes Ben Harrison’s writing so enjoyable is that, at his core, he is a barroom guitar player/singer/entertainer who somehow manages to blend history, musical theater, Key West, country music and humor into unusual stories that are mostly true. Ben has been a guest on The Howard Stern Show, This American Life, Dr. Demento, The Dick Cavett Show and more. Winner of the Adeline Turner Award for Outstanding Performing Artist, he has recorded ten studio albums and is currently working on his fourth full-length theatre musical. He is the author of Undying Love, the true story of a faux doctor who unearths Elena (a former patient) from the Key West Cemetery, and keeps her in his home for seven years. Film rights for the story have been optioned by Danny Elfman. Ben’s other books are: Official Visit (all about baseball), Charlie Jones (set in south Texas) and The Rooster Who Loved the Violin (a children’s book). Ben’s recent memoir, Sailing Down the Mountain, is about building a 38-foot sailboat in Costa Rica—now the prototype for the legendary Cabo Rico 38’—that eventually led him and his wife, Helen, to Key West, Florida in 1979. The book chronicles their story through journal entries, historical commentary, song lyrics, and candidly recaptured memories. Ben now lives in Key West, where he and Helen (a renowned sculptor) own Harrison Gallery, which will celebrate its 35th anniversary in 2021. Forever a Key West barroom entertainer at heart, Ben finds that audiences like his take on unusual characters as much as he does. For 16 years he played music nightly on the famous Duval Street, where—rather than covering the usual barroom standards of the time—he performed original songs with a wry twist, which established him as one of Key West’s most popular musicians. During this period, Ben recorded five different albums on cassettes. These have been digitally reproduced on Duval Years, an eclectic collection of his musical output spanning nearly two decades. Ben spent his early years in Corpus Christi, Texas. Primarily inspired by music (and Elvis), he bought his first guitar when he was 14 years old. His father loved theatre and took the family in their V-tail Beechcraft Bonanza to productions all over the country— especially New York. Ben’s unique perspective during his childhood eventually led him to write the novel Charlie Jones, a generational narrative following several members of a Texas family doing their best to navigate life, sex, parenting, art, and money in a world rapidly changing around them. So, here we have a Texas musician who is into Broadway and has built a sailboat in Central America. Ben Harrison is a distinctive voice. His songs, books, and musicals paint remarkable pictures and—as always—are fueled by a well-honed sense of the ridiculous. Ben is currently working on a new musical set in Key West— Jungletown, 1921. Larry Baeder: Guitarist / Producer / Songwriter Larry Baeder is a seasoned contemporary performer and recording artist with an impressive musical history. Larry’s list of musical accomplishments and collaborators is extensive and includes live performances or recording dates with artists ranging from blues legends Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Junior Wells, Bonnie Raitt, John Lee Hooker, James Montgomery, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Albert King, Bo Diddley and Dan Akroyd (Elwood Blues of the Blues Brothers), to jazz greats like Jay McShann, Illinois Jacquet, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Claude “Fiddler” Williams, flautist Jeremy Stieg, Eddie Gomez and singer Diane “Mama” Ray, as well as marquee rock, pop, R&B and soul artists, including Smokey Robinson, Ashford & Simpson, Chuck Jackson, David Ruffin of The Temptations, Eddie Kendrix, Carly Simon, James Taylor, Cher, Jimmy Miller (producer of the Rolling Stones’ greatest albums), Canadian songwriter Jane Siberry, Paul Shaffer from the Letterman Show, Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn and countless others. Baeder has performed in Europe, the Middle East, South America, and Africa. In 1990, Baeder joined the house band at the Apollo Theater in New York City, where he played guitar for the Legends of R&B and Soul revue, including The Coasters, The Shirelles, Hank Ballard, LaVern Baker, Martha Reeves, Billy Paul, The Staples Singers, Ben E. King, Cissy Houston and Maxine Brown. Larry Baeder grew up in the celebrated music town of Kansas City, Missouri and graduated from vaunted Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He has served as Board President for Key West’s Bahama Village Music Program which gives free music lessons to over 200 underserved children each week. Larry is represented by New York City-based Redwood Entertainment. He currently lives in Key West, Florida where he is an active and sought-after member of the rich, vibrant local music scene. He performs regularly with duo partner Dora Gholson and is involved in several additional ongoing musical projects.

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