709 Washington Street, Durham, North Carolina 27701

Triple Fret / the bennys

September 27, 2018  ·  Thursday * 7pm * NO Cover

Triple Fret
Mike Babyak, E. Scott Warren, Mike Rosado, and a long list of great guest musicians.

Mike Babyak has been playing guitar in a variety of traditions and genres for over 40 years, including numerous acts that featured his electric guitar and lap steel playing. He also enjoyed a long stint in the 1980s and 90s as a classical guitarist, performing as a solo artist and with classical chamber orchestras and early music ensembles. His influences are wide-ranging and include V.M. Bhatt, David Lindley, Prasanna, Diblo Dibala, and Ry Cooder. He cites his long time teacher and friend, Steve Kimock, as his most important and enduring musical influence. He also has studied with Durham jazz guitarist, Scott Sawyer and is currently studying Hindustani classical music with sitarist Viswas Chitnis, founder of the Raga Revival series. He also has studied with Durham jazz guitarist, Scott Sawyer and is currently studying Hindustani classical music with sitarist Viswas Chitnis, founder of the NC Raga Revival series, and Hindustani slide guitar master, Debashish Bhattacharya.

Ed Butler has been a musical icon in North Carolina for over 3 decades. A talented multi-instrumentalist, composer, and arranger, highlights of his extensive resume include a successful tenure with The Red Clay Ramblers, appearances on NPR’s Prairie Home Companion, touring with Michelle Shocked, and numerous radio, television, theatrical, and festival appearances. He also plays percussion for the Sidecar Social Club, Contrazz, Bernie Petteway Trio, and Hindugrass. Ed now brings his incredible diversity of influences and sophisticated percussion chops to the Triple Fret project.

E. Scott Warren began playing bass at age 13, following initial forays into piano, trumpet, and guitar. With roots in rock and pop music of the day and exposure to a wide range of styles through his father’s audiophile inclinations and extensive record collection, Scott soon took to jazz and fusion and began studying with guitarist and instructor Chuck Pangburn, a relationship that led to attending the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts. Scott also studied classical string bass with Roger Fratena (Dallas Symphony) and jazz bass with John Adams (Woody Herman Big Band) before enrolling in the prestigious jazz program at the University of North Texas in Denton. Within a year of arriving at UNT, Scott emerged as an in-demand bassist for the vibrant Dallas/Ft. Worth music scene, regularly playing over 250 live dates a year in a variety of styles and contexts. His performance experience includes a number of variety acts for corporate and private events, independent rock, alternative, and country artists, praise and worship ensembles, and musical theater. He was also busy with studio endeavors, providing bass on over 20 albums for independent artists, film and television soundtracks, and corporate advertisements for radio and television. In addition to his many performances in the Dallas area, Scott also has performed with many acts in the Triangle region and beyond, including Shirlette Ammons and Mosadi Music, the Flecktones tribute act “Blu-Bop,” Scott Sawyer, Adrian Duke, Danny Gotham, Ghezzi, the MPS Project, Jo Gore, Todd Jones and Money vs. People, and Jeanne Jolly.

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the bennys
NC music veterans, Rebecca Newton, Barry Gray, Wes Collins, FJ Ventre and Mike Babyak joined musical forces to create the folk/americana band “the bennys” in 2016.  Each are songwriters/singers/players with gobs of experience and notoriety. The band performs originals and carefully curated covers from artists such as Steve Earle, Richard Thompson, Gretchen Peters, Patty Griffin, and fellow NC musicians.  Their vocal virtuosity along with guitars, mandolin, lap steel, bass, and interesting electric stringed instruments reflect strong energy and all around stellar musicianship.

Barry Gray – Graymatter, Triad Songwriter of the Year 2016, NC Arts Council Songwriting Grant Recipient 2017
Wes Collins – Kerrville New Folk Winner 2015, NC Arts Council Songwriting Grant Recipient 2017
Rebecca Newton – Rebecca & the Hi-Tones, Pinky & Duke, and deemed a ‘NC music impresario’ by columnist Jack Bernhardt.
Mike Babyak – Triple Fret and the guy sitting down playing on the stage at every major event in the Triangle.
FJ Ventre – hardest working bass player in show biz.
Mike Rosado – percussionist, vegan, designer, all around good guy.