Chelsea, Michigan, a little town west of Ann Arbor, boasts small town feel, the great outdoors and the Ben Daniels Band. A collection of old friends; these guys got their start playing gigs around Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan. From house parties to taking on their biggest tour to date, the Ben Daniels Band will join us this weekend at the Elephant Talk Music Fest.

Led by singer/songwriter Ben Daniel’s poetic songwriting; the band plays a mixture of folkish acoustic blues and upbeat, jazzy rock jams. Switching from folky reminiscence to deep, melodic rock the one constant remains the lyrical nature of their songs, which stem from Ben’s mind. Ben explained that he never stops thinking of lyrics. Constantly jotting things down on his arm, Ben says “[his] mind just won’t stop working.” Lyrical he draws influence from life in general especially the lakes and woods of rural Michigan, which may explain the rustic aura of their music.

Building their following in and around Ann Arbor, these guys are starting to expand into the national music scene. At this point though, some of the guys are still in college and the band is not a full-time gig for all parties just yet. At this time, Ben manages the booking for their tours which take place in a car and trailer. On tour, the Ben Daniels Band is promoting their three studio albums, which were all recorded by Ben in his studio. By next year, Ben shared their goals of hiring a manager to do the booking and completing a nationwide tour.

For the Ben Daniels Band, playing live is all about entertainment. In the past they have brought on stage a girl who swallows swords, a bikini wearing hula-hooper and an old drunkard with a blow torch. These antics keep things fresh. Ben even mentioned their desire to one day use pyrotechnics. Why all the extra stimulus? According to Ben “having a couple dudes play music can just get boring.”

Side shows or not, the Ben Daniels Band is an upcoming group to keep tabs on. If you’re planning on hitting the slots this weekend why not save some cash and come rock with Ben Daniels Band Saturday at 4pm. We’ll see you there and if we don’t we’ll assume you lost all your money on video poker.

FULL FEST LINE UP

SATURDAY….AUGUST 7th

at LA GRAND FROMAGE

12-1230……victor gennaro
http://www.myspace.com/mountjoyband
1245-130…..Juggernaut Drunk
http://www.myspace.com/juggernautdrunk
145-230……Vitamin Cheese
http://www.myspace.com/vitamincheeseband
245-330……Betty Iron Thumbs
http://www.myspace.com/bettyironthumbs
345-430……ardrian hardkor & The Bad Decisions
http://www.myspace.com/adrianhardkor
445-530……The Galt Line
http://www.myspace.com/galtlineworkers
545-630……Gary B & The Notions
http://www.myspace.com/garybandthenotions
645-715……Julia Rainer
http://www.myspace.com/juliarainer
730-800…..The Callen Sisters
http://www.thecallensisters.com/
815-900……Daniel Collins
http://www.myspace.com/dancollinsmusic
915-1000…..THE GREAT VIBRATION
http://www.myspace.com/thegreatvibration
1015-1100….Drop Electric
http://www.myspace.com/dropelectric
1115-1200….The Clatty Lads
http://www.myspace.com/xxxtheladsxxx
1215-100am attack power!
http://www.myspace.com/attackpowerband
115-200……………..urban giants
http://www.myspace.com/ghettogiants
215-300 mind grenade

at the BONEYARD

12-12:45pm…The Crash Take-Off
http://www.myspace.com/thecrashtakeoff
1-1:45pm….Twenty30
http://www.myspace.com/twentythirtyrock
2-245………Eyes On The Prize
http://www.myspace.com/eyesontheprizenj
3-345……… Kyle offidani
http://www.myspace.com/kyleoffidani1
4-445……… ben daniels band
http://bendanielsband.com/
5-545……….DeVille
http://www.myspace.com/devilletheband
6-645………. mittenfields
http://www.myspace.com/mittenfields
7-745……….THE ATOMIC SQUARE
http://www.myspace.com/theatomicsquare
8-845……….LIMA.
http://www.myspace.com/limalovesyou
9-945………The Fallen Troubadours
http://www.myspace.com/thefallentroubadours
10-1045……Martin Bisi featuring Brian Viglione of The Dresden Dolls
http://www.myspace.com/theendcredits
11-1145……Diet Kong
http://www.myspace.com/dietkong
12-1245……bellflur
http://www.myspace.com/bellflur
1-145………The Rhodes
http://www.myspace.com/therhodesmusic
2-245………The Deafening Colors™
http://www.myspace.com/thedeafeningcolors

at the BONEYARD(outdoor stage)

1200-1230…Kama Linden
http://www.kamalinden.com/index.htm
1240-110…..lindsay marie

120-200…..Jared Costa
http://www.myspace.com/jaredcosta1
210-245…..Khalid Quesada
http://www.myspace.com/hostage
250-320…..Alex Vans
http://www.myspace.com/alexvansmusic
330-400…..Andrea Nardello
http://www.myspace.com/andreanardello
410-445……Avataria
http://www.myspace.com/avataria
450-520……Fleet Walker
http://www.myspace.com/jpdobson
530-600……Bill Ridenour
http://www.myspace.com/billridenour
610-640……Jeanette Beirne
http://www.myspace.com/jeanettebrocks
645-725……Ryan Tennis
http://www.myspace.com/ryantennismusic
730-close…. the Echo Wall
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Echo-Wall/361671659595

SUNDAY AUGUST 8TH

at the FROMAGE
300-330-n/a
345-415….1adam12
430-515….BREATHE EASY
http://www.myspace.com/fishbreatheeasy
530-615…..lenorable
630-715….Funkslaw
http://www.myspace.com/funkslaw
730-815……peal
830-900….owl farm
915-1000-the black clouds
1015-1100-aprils end
1115-1200………………… bornpilot
http://www.myspace.com/bornpilotband
1215-closeThe Deafening Colors™
http://www.myspace.com/thedeafeningcolors

at the BONEYARD

3-345….7envy
4-445….The Ghost Tongue
http://www.myspace.com/ghosttongue
5-545….Hunter Smith & The Dead Men
http://www.myspace.com/huntersmith
6-645….Astronomers
http://www.myspace.com/weareastronomers
7-745…..Attack Power!
http://www.myspace.com/attackpowerband
8-845…..The Late Night Drifters
http://www.myspace.com/thelatenightdrifters
9-945…..Verity in stereo
http://www.myspace.com/verityinstereo
10-1100..The Rhodes
http://www.myspace.com/therhodesmusic
1115-1200…The Defog
http://www.myspace.com/thedefog
1215-close..Private Stock
http://www.myspace.com/privatestockmusic

at the BONEYARD(outdoor stage)

5-540….Brandon Ray Hayes
http://www.myspace.com/brhayes
545-645…….Six Gun
700-close….. sarah donner with Special Guest Robin Mukherjee
http://www.myspace.com/sarahdonner

>>>>>>>>>>all ages during the afternoon and we switch over to 21+at 5pm sat and sunday (fromage 21 and up at all times) ….dollar tacos…free parking lot in front of le grand fromage on pennsylvania ave…all day bbq outside of the boneyard on sat and sunday.