Jeff Thompson Giving Trio w/ Ben Phan

The Grey Eagle and Worthwhile Sounds Present

Jeff Thompson Giving Trio w/ Ben Phan

Sat, July 22, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$12.00 - $15.00

This event is all ages

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Jeff Thompson Giving Trio
Jeff Thompson Giving Trio
Jeff Thompson is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and performer. Jeff has won major songwriting contests, even though he thinks it's silly to pit songwriters against one another. Jeff won 1st Place in the Eddie's Attic Competition (other winners include John Mayer, The Indigo Girls, and Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland), 1st Place in the Cary, NC Six String Cafe Songwriter’s Competition, 1st Place in the Evening Muse Songwriters' Competition. He was featured in Performing Songwriter Magazine. Jeff has also won the MountainX Best Of Western North Carolina awards in the Singer/Songwriter category for both 2013 and 2014. Jeff Thompson plays all over the Southeastern United States, and has shared the stage with a lot of people you've heard of. He doesn't feel like name dropping, though.
Ben Phan and the Soul Symphony
Ben Phan and the Soul Symphony
A year of jazz conservatory at Virginia Commonwealth University left Ben Phan rebellious: uninspired by the environment and fed-up with the structure, he knew he didn’t want to be an academic musician.

So Phan began his professional career as a founding member of the Richmond Afrobeat Movement, a blend of jazz, funk and African dance music which earned significant attention in the South, including a TV appearance and other media features.

A stint as Musical Director for Free Run Wine Merchants gave Phan a chance to develop his professional skills, setting up musical events for the company, which included solo jazz gigs as well as band arrangements.

Phan then joined a bluegrass and folk band, the Rusty Strings, and discovered the joy in sitting on a porch and singing together with others, simply for the love of music.

In 2014, Phan decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail and his life changed forever. Along with everything else he needed, he carried a mini-guitar on his back and became known by the name “Shredder” because of how he “shredded the guitar” when he played. Five months of travel on foot, 2,668 miles from the Mexican border all the way into Canada, playing for himself and the people he met, transformed his relationship with music. He began writing songs, drawn from his experiences on the trail as well as his past struggles with depression, addiction, loss and love. The music offered hope and solace, to him and to his audiences.

The time on the Pacific Crest Trail renewed Phan’s passion for music. With a prolific body of original work, he returned to Asheville to record his first solo EP, “Hold On, Let Go.” He assembled a band, made up of some of the best musicians in Asheville: besides liking his music, they appreciate the dedication and professionalism Phan brings to his work. The band's debut album, "Dreams in Modern Folk", is a sonic and lyrical masterpiece. He continues to perform as a solo artist and collaborates with other musicians; he has also built a successful guitar teaching practice, which he finds a great source of inspiration.

Phan is a prolific poet, songwriter, and guitarist, with the soul of an improviser. He crafts his songs to give room for improvisation, presence, and self-expression in the moment. He believes that the best live music is when everyone playing is co-creating – which means that every one of his concerts offers audiences a different sound and a unique experience.
Venue Information:
The Grey Eagle
185 Clingman Ave
Asheville, NC, 28801
http://www.thegreyeagle.com/