Benson Theatre will debut a new music series – B Side Story Sessions – Saturday, June 2. The inaugural session, featuring Andrew Bailie, will be held at The B Side of Benson Theatre, 6058 Maple Street, from 9:00 to 11:00pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 day of show.
Each session will feature a solo performer who weaves stories about his or her inspiration, art and life experiences – both at home and on the road – into a two-hour performance. The performances will be followed by a meet and greet with the artist.
“We live in a community filled with incredibly talented musicians, and this series will showcase this talent as well as bring in regional and national performers to share their stories in an intimate atmosphere,” said Benson Theatre Executive Director Amy Ryan.
Bailie is an American songwriter, singer, guitarist and educator who’s dedicated his life to music. His intricate songs are crafted with raw emotion, fierce guitar work and an unmistakable, soaring voice.
After extensive touring across the United States and Europe with legendary gospel and funk organist Cory Henry (Snarky Puppy/Funk Apostles), Bailie relocated from New York City to Omaha (where he grew up) to pursue a new project with jazz great and sensei Dana Murray (Wynton Marsalis/Jimmy Witherspoon/Norah Jones).
He is best known locally for past projects the Jazzwholes and It’s True. Bailie also has worked with platinum recording artist Aloe Blacc, members of Snarky Puppy, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Mononeon and Marcus Lewis, and has shared the stage with Res, Talib Kweli, Lalah Hathaway, George Clinton, Marcus Miller and others. He has performed at the Monaco, North Sea, Vienne, Sète and Umbria Jazz Festivals across Europe.
Bailey recently was named program director at Benson Theatre and is set to release a collection of songs titled “Wasteland” that will be available soon.
For more information about Bailie, visit andrewbailiemusic.com.
Coming June 7: B Side Story Sessions featuring Dan Rodriguez.