For the third time this year,
a group of Conejo Valley teen musicians will take the stage at The Canyon Club
in Agoura Hills, when the Ben Babylon Band (BBB) opens for the legendary Little
River Band on Saturday, November 10.
In August, the young,
up-and-coming band opened for light-rock group Air Supply. The BBB’s performance
play longer than originally planned. Last April, the BBB opened for The JAZZMATICS™, a
powerhouse band featuring top jazz musicians and funk musicians.
Originally from Australia, Little River
Band has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide during the past four
decades, and is responsible for many hits including "It's a Long
Way There," "Help Is on Its Way," "Reminiscing,"
"Lady," "Cool Change," "Lonesome Loser" and many
"I have always admired Little
River Band," said singer and songwriter Ben Babylon, of the Ben Babylon
Band. "Their song structures are simple but powerful, with amazing
melodies. One of my favorite songs of theirs is 'Reminiscing.' I am
looking forward to opening for them."
Babylon, now 15 years old, is
a multi-award-winning pianist and keyboardist. The BBB is also comprised of
other accomplished teen musicians. Lead guitarist Brian Schwartz, 16, has
performed multiple times at The Canyon Club, various Hollywood clubs and at the
annual NAMM Show (National Association of Music Merchants). Drummer Alex
Andrews, age 13, began drumming at age 3 and performing in clubs by age 8. He
studies with internationally acclaimed drummer Gregg Bissonette (Ringo Starr,
ELO, Santana, David Lee Roth). Bassist and backup vocalist Robben Bixler, age
16, is a self-taught musician. He is the son of children’s recording artist
Leslie Bixler, and sang lead vocals on one song on her recent CD “Moon Food,”
which she produced in collaboration with Dick Van Dyke.
The Ben Babylon Band performs
original music. “It’s an alternative rock sound, with hints of jazz and blues,”
says Babylon. Popular songs include “Contradiction,” “Dreams for Sale,” “Cage”
and “Dorky Loves Doughnuts.” Defying its title, “Dorky Loves Doughnuts”
spotlights intricate musical depth and sophistication. “Dorky is a fan
favorite, and the band enjoys it, too, as we have an opportunity to rip loose
on our instruments,” Babylon said. Babylon’s song “Contradiction,” recorded
with the Elton John Band, is available on iTunes.
Little River Band and the Ben Babylon Band will
perform Saturday, November 10 at The Canyon Club, 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills, CA 91301-3304. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. The Ben
Babylon Band will play at 8:00. Little River Band will play at 9:00. Under 18
must be accompanied by a paying adult. For information, call The Canyon Club at
818-879-5016 or visit www.CanyonClub.net.
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