Live Forever For You (Or, How I Stopped Worrying And Learned To Love The Smart Bomb)

November 21st, 2008

resizedAt 7:16pm Wednesday night, I was working on a PowerPoint presentation entitled, "The Smart Bomb," a very serious, very substantive, 16-page strategic document.

At 7:17, the butterflies in my stomach overtook the synapses in my brain's ability to make any further Q4 projections. There was a rock show to be had.

So I left.

Less than two hours later -- having raced home, microwaved a frozen pizza, packed my guitar, hit the ATM, met Chris, hailed a cab and raced downtown to Rockwood Music Hall (and exchanging a record twenty-six emails ...

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Benjamin Wagner, Chris Abad & Jamie Leonhart At Rockwood Music Hall – Photos

July 11th, 2008

Rockwood Music Hall (New York, New York)

July 10th, 2008 - 9:00 pm

Benjamin Wagner & Chris Abad With Jamie Leonhart This Thursday Night!

July 7th, 2008

resizedDear Friends,

Please join me this Thursday night for an awesome double bill.

The evening kicks off with a set from the always-rousing, Chris Abad, followed by your truly. Both will be backed by the fabulously capable Tony Maceli (bass) and Jamie Alegre (drums).

The uber-talented Miss Jamie Leonhart will join me for "Promise," "Breathe In," and "Killing The Blues," just as she does so beautifully on my brand-new CD, "The Invention Of Everything Else."

What's more, we'll be recording the set for an iTunes exclusive ...

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Music Could Provide The Light You Cannot Resist

June 29th, 2008

resizedIt was spring. Everything was in bloom. The pavement was slick from an overnight rain.

The bus stop on the corner of Spencer and Fairfield Roads was crowded with middle schoolers. Including me: a tall, bespectacled and braced ninth grader in a blue Land's End oxford button-down, Levis 501s, and purple Converse All-Star high tops.

This day found me with a new cassette in my cobalt-blue Sanyo stereo tape player: R.E.M.'s "Reckoning." I pressed the big, black "play" button and in three minutes of staccato snare fills, ska-influenced ...

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On The Air: KPTL’s Live From Studio C With Deeya

June 25th, 2008

resizedIf you like hearing me talk then today's your lucky day.

As I told KPTL DJ Daniel Boseman after we wrapped our 45-minute interview, I've been the interviewer far more frequently than the interviewee.

See, I talk a lot. Which, I know from all my years at The MTV, is not necessarily the best thing for radio and television. We live in a sound byte world, after all. If you can't say it in ten seconds, you probably ought not to try.

Luckily, Des Moines is not New York, and KPTL is not MTV. When Daniel and I went long Saturday afternoon ...

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Download Authentic Records Flood Relief Benefit Bootleg Now!

June 24th, 2008

resizedAuthentic Records' artists She Swings She Sways, Jason Walsmith and Mike Butterworth (of The Nadas), Will Petersen and Jim Stockberger (of Fat Andy), Andy Fleming (of Brother Trucker), Benjamin Wagner, Stephanie Walsmith, Tony Bohnenkamp and Josh Davis performed Sunday night to raise funds for Iowa flood relief.

Donations, silent auction bids plus CD proceeds netted nearly $3000 for United Way of Central Iowa and Governor Chet Culver's fund for disaster and flood relief.

The AK O'Connors Beaverdale event was hosted by Capitol 106.3's ...

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Authentic Records Flood Relief Benefit – Photos

June 24th, 2008

On The Air: KPTL’s Capital Backyard With Daniel Boseman

June 23rd, 2008

resizedIt's been a whirlwind weekend here in Des Moines, Iowa.

I got in Saturday around noon, registered for the Hy-Vee Tri, then taped two KPTL-FM Capitol 106.3 radio shows: Daniel Boseman's Capitol Backyard, and Deeya's Live from Studio C.

I ran the tri Sunday morning in 2:48:27. Then the Authentic Records crew threw a hugely successful Iowa Flood Relief Benefit Sunday night, raising nearly $3000 for the United Way of Central Iowa.

I'm off to a meeting at the Authentic Records Beaverdale Offices, then Iowa Public Television, before ...

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“The Invention Of Everything Else” CD Release – Photos

June 19th, 2008