Ben Babylon Band to Open for Air Supply in LA, 8/3
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The son and the stepdaughter of Elton John's late Grammy Award-winning keyboardist, Guy Babylon, will open for the classic rock band Air Supply at the renowned Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, California on August 3.
Ben Babylon and Jessica Hoggarth grew up watching Guy in the studio and in concert, and are now performing their own music. The Ben Babylon Band and the folk-duo HoneyHeart have been playing throughout Southern California since last year, but the Air Supply concert is by far their most prestigious opportunity to date.
"Air Supply was one of the biggest groups of the 70s and 80s," said Babylon, 14. "I can't decide what I'm more excited about, opening for them or seeing them play live."
"I grew up listening to their music," added Hoggarth, 31. "They have so many great songs. I think we are going to be a good fit."
Comprised of Hoggarth and her musical partner Nina Kurtz, HoneyHeart has become a mainstay at festivals and other venues in the region. For the upcoming show they will do an early acoustic set. Then, the Ben Babylon Band will rock The Canyon Club with songs from Babylon's upcoming album "Dreams for Sale" and other original material. One of Babylon's singles, "Contradiction," which he recorded with members of the Elton John Band, is already available on iTunes and Amazon.
This is the second time the Ben Babylon Band has been invited to perform at The Canyon Club by concert promoters Allen and JoAnn Kepler of Kepler Entertainment LLC. The Keplers previously invited Babylon to open for their new powerhouse jazz group, The JAZZMATICS, last April.
"Ben Babylon was amazing," Allen Kepler said. "We believe in Ben and see a very bright future for this talented young musician. We are thrilled to have him and his band back at The Canyon to play an opening set for Air Supply."
Air Supply was formed in Australia in 1975 by guitarist and singer-songwriter Graham Russell and lead vocalist Russell Hitchcock, and became popular in the United States after signing with Arista Records in 1979. They enjoyed worldwide success, with eight Top Ten hits in the United States including "Lost in Love," which Russell reportedly wrote in just 15 minutes, and "All Out of Love."
Air Supply, the Ben Babylon Band and HoneyHeart will perform Friday, August 3, 2012, at The Canyon Club, 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills, Calif. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. HoneyHeart plays at 7:15 The Ben Babylon Band plays at 8:00. Air Supply plays at 9:00. Tickets are $45.00 and $59.00. Under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult. For information, call The Canyon Club at 818-879-5016 or visit www.CanyonClub.net.