"Starting Over" by 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.
Support the Arts or they will go away…. and we will be forced to listen to each other
Ben Danaher-Hell or High Water (Live Acoustic)
Ben Danaher "My Fathers Blood"
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)
WHAT IS A HOUSE CONCERT ?
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.
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.
(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
Information for Artists
My name is Gary Della’Zanna. I am not involved in the music industry at all– but have made some interesting connections over the years. I currently work in cancer prevention research at the National Cancer Institute. I am surgeon by training and continue to practice surgery part time in Annapolis, MD.
I have been hosting house concerts since I moved to Woodbine, MD in 2013. I host between 4-5 concerts a year on Fridays/Saturdays. A week day house concert would not be well attended where I live.
I am surprised and grateful for the amazing Artists who are interested in performing at my House Concerts Series. Music is like a religion to me. It clears my mind, displaces stress and can bring me back to special times. It is better than any medicine or therapy I know of. The world is a better place because some very special people are willing to pursue their dreams.
I recognize that you will not be getting rich performing at my House Concerts. I do everything I can to make it worth your while, but I make no guarantees on attendance. I must be doing something right, I have managed to attract amazing talent from all over the country—and so far everyone is willing and interested in coming back.
Details and Fine Print:
- I generally send out about 80-100 invites to friends by e-mail and Facebook. People are encouraged to bring friends and Artists can promote it on their Social Media. I generally get between 18-40 people to show up.
- There is a Pot-Luck dinner party before the show— Most people show up for it and bring something interesting to share—Food or Drink. It is a great time and you get to meet some interesting people.
- You can do what ever you want. Most artists perform 2-sets. The 1st set usually last about 45 min, followed by a 30-45 min intermission. Artists usually socialize, sign-up followers, and sell Merch during intermission. I estimate about 15-20% will buy CDs
- I collect the “Door” when I announce the intermission break. I wait until intermission because some people show up late and I think if people like the music they might be more generous. I ask everyone to donate $15-$20 for the artist. I always remind people that the life of an Artist is hard—and that you traveled far to perform for them. 100% of whatever is collected goes to the Artists.
- I have a large music room that is about 18 x 18, with a tuned baby grand piano that you can use. The room is open to a large foyer—with 24 foot ceiling and steps to sit on. I put chairs in the music room and half of the foyer. The foyer has a wide archway opening into another room I converted into a bar. There is plenty of seats and standing room.
- I do not have an AMP or Mics. Most artists bring their own. I do have some LED Spot lighting.
- Artists are welcome to stay the night and I will make sure there is something for breakfast. I have an in-law suite in the basement with a separate entrance. There are 2 bedrooms with queen size beds, a kitchen, full bath, TV room, game room, and wireless internet. If you do not need 2 rooms, I might put out of town guests in the extra room. I sometimes get people from NY, NJ, PA to show up for my House Concerts.
- You are welcome to stay a few days (before and/or after) my House Concert if you have other gigs in the area and don’t have a place to stay. No Room Service, but Free is always better than paying Baltimore and D.C. hotel rates. The in-law suite allows for some privacy- you will not be in the middle of everything. If you stay with us for a few days, you are welcome to join us for dinners–but don’t expect fancy. We generally eat dinners together– your own for Breakfast and Lunch.