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Guitarist vocalist Ben Blue with his loopmaster and guitar effects puts on a One Man Rockshow or plays quiet background music, with a wide repertoire of old and modern English songs.
Ben started playing guitar in 1974 and from 1977 played in a large number of nationally known bands, such as Highway Chile and Helloïse. During this time he built up a reputation as one of the best guitarists in the Netherlands. The emphasis was on tight battles and virtuoso solos worked out to perfection. He composed and played a number of LP's and CD's full and performed in all Dutch halls.
Highlights were in 1985 the Los Vast Roadshow in a sold out "Kuip" and in 1987 a prestigious performance in the Rotterdam Ahoy', in which a.o. Adam Curry and the Star Sisters participated.In 1991 he joined the band of Bertus Borgers. Here he was told that his meticulously selected solo parts were not appreciated and that improvisation was needed. Once he realized this, the fence was off the dam and every performance was different from then on.
Two years later, in 1993, Blue started teaching pop music at the Rotterdam Conservatory. Here he received singing lessons from Peggy Larson for two years and founded the duo Big Bucks & Easy Money with fellow student Anton Arema. This was an important turning point in his career; for the first time Ben started playing songs, instead of the complicated parts and riffs he was used to until then. Again a new world opened up because now he could play something fun even without a band or equipment. Next to second vocals, Blue also started to sing the lead vocals of his own favourite songs.After almost 14 years of Big Bucks & Easy Money Anton and Ben started doing more and more projects and bands next to the duo in 2004. Blue focused on lead vocals and found ways to use nothing but his acoustic guitar to create a lot of songs in many different styles.
In 2008 rapper Ali B Ben asked to put together a live band for special performances. Easy Money de Alleskunner took care of the keys, Blue led the whole band and of course played guitar and the rhythm tandem consisted of Sjors and Jimmy (really!). In this way Ben kept in touch with the new currents and counteracted his personal aging. Two years of hip-hop was enough for Anton and Ben and they have withdrawn from this band in the meantime.The guitar technique he had been developing since 1974, the improvisation art Bertus Borgers taught him, the vocals Ben has taken seriously since 1993 and his enormous experience as a musician on the most diverse occasions for a very varied audience now come together in the performance of Ben Blue Solo.
Ben Blue is known from a.o: Big Bucks & Easy Money, K'BAM!, Highway Chile, Helloïse, Bertus Borgers & the Groove, Hurricane Bob and 666-The Nightmare and is composer at The Songbakery and teacher at the SKVR
Ben plays solo and in various band combinations. From company party and wedding to pub, fair or pop festival.
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Indoor and outdoor
About 2 X 2 meters.
A dry, clean and safe play area with at least##### volt clean power point.
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