When Ben Daniels decided he was going to be a musician, it was more than
a career choice. A natural poet, this young songwriter went to school
on Bob Dylan, Robert Johnson, and Jack White, among others. His lyrics
speak directly to a younger generation that hears, sees, and thinks
about the very things he’s writing. From their opening song to the
finale of their set, the Ben Daniels Band cuts through with their
originality, musicianship, and a sound that spans Americana, Blues,
Jazz, and Rock.
Throughout years of touring, BDB has played notable venues in Michigan
such as the The Ark, The Blind Pig, and the Magic Bag, and have toured
to New York City, Washington D.C., and Nashville . As a solo artist, Ben
has stepped on the stage in Austin, TX at the Cactus Cafe, as well as
The Barns at Wolf Trap. The son of actor Jeff Daniels, he has quietly
monitored what it takes to live life as an artist. Beyond a passed down
talent, the Ben Daniels Band believes in hard work, perseverance, and
creatively challenging themselves and their audience.
With Tommy Reifel on bass, George Merkel on guitar, Wesley Fritzemeier
on drums and mandolin, and singer/songwriter Amanda Merte on vocals,
BDB’s live show never fails to take over the venue. Their songs become
anthems with arrangements that pull people inside their sound. With five
CDs under their belts – Coming From The C, Checkin’ In To The Michigan
Inn, Can’t You See, The Mountain Home EP, the dual album & movie
release Old Gold and their most recent release, Roll – the Ben Daniels
Band has grown to be a formidable group that sounds pleasantly familiar,
yet unforgettably unique.
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Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, The Ramsdell has
served the Michigan coastal community of Manistee for over a 100 years.