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Local Live: BEN PHAN, THE WINTERVALS and JAY Brown Mon November 12th 2018 at 7pm

Tickets:  $10

Our LOCAL LIVE series 
brings you the best of our regional talent.

This evenings Local Live concert features 

Join us for another wonderful evening 
featuring great local and regional  talent from 
Western North Carolina. 


Ben​ ​Phan​ ​is​ ​a​ ​professional​ ​guitarist and songwriter based ​in​ ​Asheville,​ ​NC.​ ​​ ​He​ ​is​ ​a passionate​ ​and​ ​captivating​ ​performer​ ​who​ ​writes​ ​from​ ​the​ ​heart​ ​and​ ​speaks​ ​to​ ​the​ ​soul.​ ​​ ​His original​ ​music​ ​is​ ​a​ ​beautifully​ ​crafted​ ​blend​ ​of​ ​instrumental​ ​virtuosity,​ ​poignant​ ​lyrics,​ ​and haunting​ ​melodies.​ ​​ ​His​ ​band,​ ​​Ben​ Phan​ and​ the​ Soul​ Symphony, ​​bring​ ​a​ ​high​ ​energy​ ​blend​ ​of styles​ ​and​ ​influences,​ ​merging​ ​cello,​ ​fiddle,​ ​upright​ ​bass,​ ​and​ ​drums​ ​along​ ​with​ ​Phan​ ​on​ ​guitar and​ ​vocals.​ ​​ ​In​ ​2014,​ ​Ben​ ​walked​ ​from​ ​Mexico​ ​to​ ​Canada​ ​with​ ​a​ ​guitar​ ​on​ ​his​ ​back.​ ​​ ​Upon​ ​his return,​ ​he​ ​has​ ​dedicated​ ​himself​ ​entirely​ ​to​ ​music. Phan​ ​is​ ​a​ ​prolific​ ​poet ​and​ ​masterful guitarist,​ ​with​ ​the​ ​soul​ ​of​ ​an​ ​improviser.​ ​​ ​ ​He​ ​believes that​ ​the​ ​best​ ​live​ ​music​ ​happens when the artist responds to the moment–​ ​which​ ​means​ ​that​ ​every​ ​one of​ ​his​ ​concerts​ ​offers​ ​audiences​ ​a​ ​different​ ​sound​ ​and​ ​a​ ​unique​ ​experience.

A​ ​year​ ​of​ ​jazz​ ​conservatory​ ​at​ ​Virginia​ ​Commonwealth​ ​University​ ​left​ ​Ben​ ​Phan​ ​rebellious: uninspired​ ​by​ ​the​ ​environment​ ​and​ ​fed-up​ ​with​ ​the​ ​structure,​ ​he​ ​knew​ ​he​ ​didn’t​ ​want​ ​to​ ​be​ ​an academic​ ​musician.
So​ ​Phan​ ​began​ ​his​ ​professional​ ​career​ ​as​ ​a​ ​founding​ ​member​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Richmond​ ​Afrobeat Movement,​ ​a​ ​blend​ ​of​ ​jazz,​ ​funk​ ​and​ ​African​ ​dance​ ​music​ ​which​ ​earned​ ​significant​ ​attention​ ​in the​ ​South,​ ​including​ ​a​ ​TV​ ​appearance​ ​and​ ​other​ ​media​ ​features.
A​ ​stint​ ​as​ ​Musical​ ​Director​ ​for​ ​Free​ ​Run​ ​Wine​ ​Merchants​ ​gave​ ​Phan​ ​a​ ​chance​ ​to​ ​develop​ ​his professional​ ​skills,​ ​setting​ ​up​ ​musical​ ​events​ ​for​ ​the​ ​company,​ ​which​ ​included​ ​solo​ ​jazz​ ​gigs​ ​as well​ ​as​ ​band​ ​arrangements.
Phan​ ​then​ ​joined​ ​a​ ​bluegrass​ ​and​ ​folk​ ​band,​ ​the​ ​Rusty​ ​Strings,​ ​and​ ​discovered​ ​the​ ​joy​ ​in​ ​sitting on​ ​a​ ​porch​ ​and​ ​singing​ ​together​ ​with​ ​others,​ ​simply​ ​for​ ​the​ ​love​ ​of​ ​music. In​ ​2014,​ ​Phan​ ​decided​ ​to​ ​hike​ ​the​ ​Pacific​ ​Crest​ ​Trail​ ​and​ ​his​ ​life​ ​changed​ ​forever.​ ​Along​ ​with everything​ ​else​ ​he​ ​needed,​ ​he​ ​carried​ ​a​ ​mini-guitar​ ​on​ ​his​ ​back​ ​and​ ​became​ ​known​ ​by​ ​the name​ ​“Shredder”​ ​because​ ​of​ ​how​ ​he​ ​“shredded​ ​the​ ​guitar”​ ​when​ ​he​ ​played.​ ​Five​ ​months​ ​of travel​ ​on​ ​foot,​ ​2,668​ ​miles​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Mexican​ ​border​ ​all​ ​the​ ​way​ ​into​ ​Canada,​ ​playing​ ​for​ ​himself and​ ​the​ ​people​ ​he​ ​met,​ ​transformed​ ​his​ ​relationship​ ​with​ ​music.​ ​He​ ​began​ ​writing​ ​songs,​ ​drawn from​ ​his​ ​experiences​ ​on​ ​the​ ​trail​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​his​ ​past​ ​struggles​ ​with​ ​depression,​ ​addiction,​ ​loss and​ ​love.​ ​The​ ​music​ ​offered​ ​hope​ ​and​ ​solace,​ ​to​ ​him​ ​and​ ​to​ ​his​ ​audiences.
The​ ​time​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Pacific​ ​Crest​ ​Trail​ ​renewed​ ​Phan’s​ ​passion​ ​for​ ​music.​ ​With​ ​a​ ​prolific​ ​body​ ​of original​ ​work,​ ​he​ ​returned​ ​to​ ​Asheville​ ​to​ ​record​ ​his​ ​first​ ​solo​ ​EP,​ ​“Hold​ ​On,​ ​Let​ ​Go.”​ ​He assembled​ ​a​ ​band,​ ​made​ ​up​ ​of​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​best​ ​musicians​ ​in​ ​Asheville:​ ​besides​ ​liking​ ​his
music,​ ​they​ ​appreciate​ ​the​ ​dedication​ ​and​ ​professionalism​ ​Phan​ ​brings​ ​to​ ​his​ ​work.​ ​The​ ​band released​ ​it's​ ​debut​ ​album,​ ​"Dreams​ ​in​ ​Modern​ ​Folk",​ ​to​ ​a​ ​sold​ ​out​ ​crowd​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Altamont Theatre,​ ​one​ ​of​ ​Asheville's​ ​finest​ ​listening​ ​rooms.​ ​The​ ​band​ ​continued​ ​to​ ​perform​ ​successful shows​ ​over​ ​the​ ​following​ ​year,​ ​refining​ ​their​ ​high​ ​energy​ ​sound​ ​which​ ​combines​ ​fiery improvisation​ ​with​ ​rich​ ​composition.​ ​​ ​This​ ​led​ ​to​ ​a​ ​successful​ ​kickstarter​ ​campaign​ ​to​ ​fund​ ​their next​ ​album,​ ​"Fear​ ​is​ ​the​ ​Teacher",​ ​which​ ​the​ ​band​ ​recorded​ ​with​ ​two​ ​time​ ​Grammy​ ​winning producer​ ​Matt​ ​Williams.​ ​​ ​Phan​ ​continues​ ​to​ ​perform​ ​with​ ​the​ ​band,​ ​as​ ​a​ ​solo​ ​artist,​ ​and​ ​in collaborations​ ​with​ ​other​ ​musicians;​ ​he​ ​has​ ​also​ ​built​ ​a​ ​successful​ ​guitar​ ​teaching​ ​practice, which​ ​he​ ​finds​ ​a​ ​great​ ​source​ ​of​ ​inspiration.
Phan​ ​is​ ​a​ ​prolific​ ​poet,​ ​songwriter,​ ​and​ ​guitarist,​ ​with​ ​the​ ​soul​ ​of​ ​an​ ​improviser.​ ​​ ​He​ ​crafts​ ​his songs​ ​to​ ​give​ ​room​ ​for​ ​improvisation,​ ​presence,​ ​and​ ​self-expression​ ​in​ ​the​ ​moment.​ ​He​ ​believes that​ ​the​ ​best​ ​live​ ​music​ ​is​ ​when​ ​everyone​ ​playing​ ​is​ ​co-creating​ ​–​ ​which​ ​means​ ​that​ ​every​ ​one of​ ​his​ ​concerts​ ​offers​ ​audiences​ ​a​ ​different​ ​sound​ ​and​ ​a​ ​unique​ ​experience.


Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show affirms that Jay Brown is “the most authentic songster to come out of the Carolina High Country since a man named Doc Watson”.

A singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, he has hundreds of classic songs in his repertoire as well as a hundred-odd originals. He performs with Boone-based roots band The Lazybirds, Indian-flavored world music group Shantavaani and early-jazz cats Swing Guitars. In 2007 he founded The Jay Brown One-Man-Band, in which the sole member handles vocals, guitar, harmonica, percussion and piano.
The busy musician can be found gigging in clubs and pubs around Asheville and Western North Carolina, but has performed and studied in locales around the world, including New Orleans, California, India, Ghana, and Peru.