Live Music: Ben Vo Blues Band, featuring special guests Wile & Smith
Run Time: 240 min.
Doors at 7:00PM – Showtime 8:00PM
Saturday, January 18th at 8pm, come out to Zoetropolis Stillhouse and Cinema for the bon voyage bash for Benjamin Vo. This is Lancaster’s last chance to support and cheer on Ben, our local blues expounder, before he heads to Memphis. Benjamin Vo Blues Band will be competing at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN from January 28 th through February 1st, 2020.
The event is hosted by The Blues Foundation and will feature over 260 acts competing at venues all around Beale Street. The final night of competition will be onstage at the famous Orpheum Theater. “The International Blues Challenge represents the worldwide search for those blues bands and solo/duo blues performers ready for the international stage, yet just needing that extra big break. Each affiliated Blues Society of The Blues Foundation has the right to send a band and solo/duo musician(s) to represent its organization at the IBC.
The IBC is judged by blues professionals from across the world who have years of experience in listening to, producing, and creating blues music. The Blues Foundation has established a set of criteria by which all competing musicians are evaluated throughout the five days of the IBC.” Ben and his band are being sponsored by Billtown Blues Association from Williamsport. They celebrated thirty years as a Blues Society affiliate in 2019. Their 31 st Annual Billtown Blues Festival happens June 12-14, 2020.
Benjamin Vo was born in Atlanta, Georgia. Playing guitar since age 10, he became captivated by the blues after hearing BB King’s “Worried Dream.” Favoring the deeper and darker blues, Benjamin’s band offers heavy swinging beats, powerful vocals, and haunting lead guitar lines. From slow burning electric blues, to high energy slide guitar ditties, to mighty delta numbers, you are guaranteed a dynamic show. Benjamin Vo lives in Lititz, PA and tours in the mid-Atlantic region. He has performed at festivals such as Lancaster Roots & Blues, Billtown Blues Fest, Phoenixville Blues Fest and Reading Blues Festival. He released his third self-produced album, Blueberry and Country Sugar, in May of 2019. See them all at BenjaminVo.bandcamp.com
Songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Peter Wile McKibben, Gena Smith McKibben and Friends (PA’s finest all-star band)