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"Starting Over" by Ben Danaher

Ben Danaher

Ben will be performing on October 5, 2018 at 7:00pm at the next Gary’s House Concert Series (Pot-Luck Party starts at 6:30pm).

He is a singer-songwriter born and raised in Texas, now calling Nashville home.  I would describe his style as Americana Rock.  A 2018 version of Bruce Hornsby, with the intensity of John Mellencamp and at least hint of Mumford and Son.     

Ben Danaher is touring to promote his debut album, Still Feeling Lucky.  The album showcases Danaher’s hard-won wisdom and cinematic storytelling, capturing slices of life with a candid honesty that cut straight to the heart of things.   Danaher lost his brother to murder and his father to cancer in short succession, and while many of the songs draw from that well of pain and loss, the music is anything but self-pitying. These are songs of revelation, and redemption, reflecting a maturity and an acceptance that can only come with time and perspective.  

You can go through hell and get completely hardened up, but there’s always going to be this human part of you that can still feel lucky and grateful for all the good that’s in your life,” he concludes. “No matter how difficult things get, in the end, there’s always hope.”

I met Ben while he was on tour as the opening act for Lori Mckenna — I know most of my friends will not recognize her name—but she is a multi Grammy award winning Singer/Song Writer.  She wrote 21 #1 songs.  Opening for Lori is/was a big deal.  I approached him about performing at a House Concert during the after party — (this is the 1st time I did this– beer was involved).   To give this some perspective—  for the past 6 months Ben has been performing in front of sold out crowds at small stadiums.  To my surprise he said yes- a week later I was talking to his tour manager.       

I hope you will join me… You will be impressed. 

I included some Videos below…  Google Ben Danaher, Like him on Facebook, Spotify and YouTube.  

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Ben Danaher-Hell or High Water (Live Acoustic)

Ben Danaher "My Fathers Blood"

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For the longest time I avoided scheduling House Concerts for more than 6-months in advance.  Life can be unpredictable.  When I realized that most Artists map their tour schedules 1-2 years in advance, I figured I needed to change my ways.  This “Schedule” will not show all future concerts..  This is meant to be a “Teaser” for future shows that I am working on finding a Date.   As usual, I will send out e-mails and update the web site when the Next Concert is locked in.  In the mean time, these are some of the Artists I hope to have. 

I recently started approaching the Opening Acts for “major” Concerts I attend.  It amazes me that Artists doing nation wide tours, opening for sold out venues are interested and excited to perform at my House Concerts Series.  Ben Danaher was the 1st Artists I approached this way.   

I am also working on a future date for Janie Barnett– I do not know much about her or her band.  She opened for the Bacon Brothers, to a Sold Out show at the Birchmere– 500 seats.   They have the most amazing harmonies — I have never seen/heard anything like it.   Janie’s band is hard to describe – Americana Folk is the best I can describe it.  Their videos do not give them justice.  Take my word for it— Even if you do not like Folk Music, you will be impressed.  Her live performance was magical.    

I am working on having Adam Travis and Sofia Talvik back in the near future.  Might try an out-door concert for Adam Travis in late November. 

Let me know what you think.  “You” are as much a part of the success of this House Concert series as I am.

October 5, 2018:     Ben Danaher

April 5 or 6th 2019:  Ted Yoder (returns)


When some up and coming bands tour, they will schedule House Concerts in between gigs as they travel across the country. It helps cover their travel costs and many Artists love the personal setting.

A long time ago I attended my first house concert for a band I followed since Med-School. It was an amazing experience. It is my favorite way to see live music… and it’s always music I love. I have been hosting them since we moved to our Woodbine home. I usually do 4 a year.

Variety is the Spice of Life

I try to find different styles of music, ranging from indie rock to folk, bluegrass and Celtic. The Artists often discuss the rich history of the genre, answer questions and socialize during the “Pot Luck” party and intermission. 

Where else would you be able to see National and International Artists up-close and personal.  Find them on YouTube.  I will update this page as it gets closer.

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Pot Luck

Plan Ahead…

When I host a House Concert, the music is usually preceded by a “Pot-Luck” gathering/party. Everyone is asked to bring something to eat or drink—to share. The Food/Drink people bring usually makes it interesting. You get to meet some fun people and socialize with the artist.  Bring your favorite dish or appetizer – we all have something we’re famous for. Something ethnic, something different… Or bring some wine, beer or soda.

We usually have 20-30 people show up—so there’s a great variety of food and drink. I usually donate 3-Liters of Sangria, a 12-pak of beer and some Chips to start it off…. I also make Pulled Pork BBQ. I smoke and slow cook it with mesquite for 20+ hours on a Green Egg grill. It is my “signature dish”, but it’s not enough to feed a crowd.

⇒ Bring Your Favorite Drink ⇐

My Bar is stocked, but I try not to have it raided. It often does…. I might have to start clearing it out before shows – which would be sad. I can’t charge if you drink from it, but you can, on an Honor System, Donate to the bar at the slot machine.

The $15-$20 donation I collect at the door — all (100%) goes to the artist.

Please don’t consider it an OPEN BAR.

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Prior Artists

(Click on Picture for Artist’s Page)

Check their website to see where they are performing and to buy some music.  

Support the Arts – It is a hard life on the road