Rock On! Concerts Presents
Ben Kenney (Incubus / The Roots) @ Hard Rock Cafe, Boston MA
Forgetful Jones, The Release
22 Clinton St
Boston, MA, 02109
Doors 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Ben Kenney, (born on March 12, 1977), is an American musician, and the bassist for the band Incubus. Ben Kenney played guitar for the hip-hop group The Roots before he joined Incubus in 2003 after the departure of bassist and founding member Alex Katunich aka Dirk Lance. He had previously played with Incubus members Mike Einziger and Jose Pasillas in Time Lapse Consortium. The introduction of Kenney into the group marked a shift in the band's sound. His groove-oriented sound replaced previous bassist Dirk Lance's funky bass lines. He also plays in his own band, The Division Group, (formerly known as Supergrub) with Neal Evans of Soulive and Ashley Mendel. They are releasing their new CD Saturnize in 2006. Ben is known to play 6 different instruments and sometimes plays drum solos with Incubus' drummer Jose Pasillas live on-stage. He has also done studio work for artists including Ben has two solo albums, 26 released in 2004, and Maduro released on March 1, 2006. Both were released by the independent record company, Ghetto Crush Industries. Ben plays guitar, bass, and drums while singing and writing every part on the solo records. His on-stage equipment includes Lakland Joe Osborn and Bob Glaub signature basses (based on Fender Jazz and Precision basses respectively), Line 6 effects and Mesa Boogie amplifiers.
Hailing from their stomping grounds of Boston, Massachusetts, and blending the genres of Hard Rock, Funk, Reggae and Blues, Forgetful Jones illustrates a non-definitive, signature sound that is unlike the music that currently paints the mainstream industry. Comprised of Kenyatta Savage (Vocals), Jon Holland (Guitar), Niles Tooher (Bass), and Matt Athanasiou (Drums), Forgetful Jones creates music as a reflection of their individual and collective struggles, trials and triumphs. Influenced by such legendary artists who include James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Forgetful Jones released their debut, studio LP, The Album, in 2007. The entire compilation was recorded at Monkbam Studios, and produced entirely by Forgetful Jones; alongside musician, Ian Hughes. To promote their songs and collective sound, Forgetful Jones has taken center stage at an array of venues across the country that spotlight notable talent. The band has been privileged to play alongside such headliners that include Alice in Chains, Buckcherry and Days of the New. These experiences have given Forgetful Jones the opportunity to expose themselves to a broad, cross cultured audience.
As Forgetful Jones is presently in the production phase of their follow up, studio LP, Sub-Atomic Philharmonic, they continue to receive radio airplay in Boston. The band has been featured on Mostly Rock and Roll T.V., which is a music program that is broadcast to an estimated one million, U.S. households. Experiences of this calibur are preparing the band to fulfill many of their future goals and aspirations. Ultimately, Forgetful Jones wants to change the face of music, one ear and expression at a time. Inspired by their fans, and motivated by innovation, Forgetful Jones is on the pulse of International acclaim.
The Release is an energetic and dynamic 4-piece rock band from Boston, MA. The band creates catchy, hook-filled songs that mix elements of everything from 90's Alternative, Classic Rock, Prog, Funk, Punk and Reggae. They have been compared to The Police, Elvis Costello, No Doubt, Foo Fighters, RHCP and Incubus.
The band started in 2000 under the name 3 Feet Short, when the members were all in high school. Since then, the band has independently released 3 CD's and a DVD, opened for national acts like State Radio, Badfish, Goldfinger, The Beautiful Girls, Bayside, Zox, Catch 22, The Pietasters, Nate Wilson Group, MC Lars, and Monty Are I, among others at venues like The Avalon (Boston, MA), The Webster Theater (Hartford, CT), Harpers Ferry (Allston, MA), The Living Room (Providence, RI), The Middle East downstairs (Cambridge, MA), The Palladium (Worcester, MA), Bill's Bar (Boston, MA), Church of Boston and more. The band has played over 500 shows in total, in venues all across the east coast.