Ben Frock’s 30th Birthday Party 11.7.10 @ Windup Space

Our good friend, and OOYH member Ben Frock is turning 30 this weekend and he’s throwing himself a HUGE birthday party with a lot of great music. Ben has put together a massive version of his band Love Unit, which for this night will be the Love Unit Orchestra. The lineup of musicians in this group is top-notch, and the one time I heard Love Unit before the writing was fantastic. So we have every reason to believe that this will be a great performance, not to be missed. Chris Pumphrey, also an OOYH member is playing with his sextet on the show, and Ben has asked Matt and myself to play as “OOYH Founders” to open the night. Although we play in a number of different projects, most often Quartet Offensive, and we book OOYH together we’ve never actually played duo in the improvised setting, so this will be new for us.

If the music element weren’t enough to get you there for this, there is an added birthday surprise. During the first two sets Ben will be getting a live freehand, improvised tattoo by local tattoo artist Darl Gnau. A statement from Ben about this concept: “As a personal testament to my belief in the power of creativity in the present moment, the subject matter will be decided on the spot as Darl listens to the musicians improvise.” If you’re interested here is the link to Darl’s studio. If you are around and able to attend I highly suggest you make it this one. Get there early to see the tattoo show. Details straight from Ben:

Sunday, November 7 @ The Windup Space
12 W North Ave, Baltimore, MD

8:00 Out Of Your Head Founders: The founders of the Out Of your Head Collective Adam Hopkins and Matt Frazao perform duo for the first time

9:00 The Chris Pumphrey Sextet: You may know Chris as the mastermind behind the amazing Baltimore Afrobeat Society. Chris is also a very talented composer and one of the best band leaders I have even had the privilege to share the stage with. He is bringing his sextet to perform all original compositions.

10:00 The Ben Frock Love Unit Orchestra

As of right now Love Unit is:

Ben Frock – Trumpet, Compositions, Arrangements
Alex Norris – Trumpet
Brent Madsen – Trumpet
Theljon Allen – Trumpet
Russell Kirk – Alto Saxophone
Cam Collins – Alto Saxophone
Eric Trudel – Tenor Saxophone
Derrick Michaels – Tenor Saxophone
Rose Hammer-Burt – Baritone Saxophone
Brad Gunson – Trombone
Doug Elliott- Trombone
Darius Jones – Trombone
Tim Murphy – Piano, Organ
Matt Frazao – Guitar
Jeff Reed – Bass
Mike Kuhl – Drums
Nathan Ellman-Bell – Percussion
Sam Turner – Percussion
Jason Walker – Percussion

Special Guest:

Jon Birkholz on four hands piano with Tim Murphy

I look forward to seeing everyone there

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