Saskatchewan Jazz Festival: Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers and The Law and the Prophets at Amigos
July 1, 2016 @ 10:30 pm
The Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival proudly presents: Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers w/ The Law and the Prophets.
Tickets available at the door only. Doors open at 8pm.
19+ w/ Valid ID
For a full listing of shows and events, visit saskjazz.com
A charismatic charmer and a smasher of pianos. A madman and an earnest poet. A strummer of delicate chords and a lover of bent and broken melodies. Ben Caplan is not any one thing. As he releases his second album, he’s already gained a following in more than a dozen countries from Australia to Europe and across North America. It’s no surprise. Caplan is simply unforgettable; with his huge beard and unruly mane, he is as visually striking as he is aurally compelling. His rough and textured tones cut through crowded halls; an enormous voice, roaring louder than raucous crowds. The microphone looks almost superfluous. But looks are deceiving; once he has your attention, Caplan can croon smoother than a glass of single malt whisky, pouring beauty into a harsh world.
Inspired in part by Eastern European and Jewish folk traditions, Ben Caplan mixes older musical sensibilities with his own soul, straight from his hairy heart. Lyrically, you’ve not heard the like before. Often edgy and dark, Caplan holds a mirror up to show us our nasty bits, singing about the ugliness and showing us that this darkness is the root of the sublime. His new album, Birds with Broken Wings, explodes with sounds both ancient and modern, with more than 30 musicians and even more instruments, combining acoustic sounds from around the world. It’s all smoothly blended by the hottest international production team around. It’s uncharted territory, and Caplan’s leading the way.
Soulful & gritty love songs from the heart of the prairies – that’s what The Law and the Prophets are all about. Formed in early 2015, and already with one EP under their belts, these Saskatchewanian lumbersexuals look to make a significant impact on the Canadian music scene for years to come. They want to make music that you could put on in your car, drive an hour, and feel like you got a lot more than just 60 miles down the road.