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Ben Prestage to perform at Olde Fish House Marina

January 27, 2015
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

Blues musician Ben Prestage will bring his mix of Mississippi Country Blues and his own brand of Florida Swamp Blues to the Olde Fish House Marina stage Friday, Jan. 30 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

According to Artvoice Magazine: "Prestage has made a reputation on lighting things up on stage, so those with the preconception that the blues are dull are sure to be blown away. Armed with a host of homemade guitars, a foot operated drum set, and a distinctive southern growl, he blasts an electrified mix of swamp and delta blues."

Growing up in the swamps of south central Florida, Prestage began to mix Mississippi Country Blues with his own brand of Florida Swamp Blues. This muddy-water-meets-black-water stew has led him to perform from California to the Carolinas to the Florida Keys, in large festivals, every kind of bar, and sometimes on downtown sidewalks. Prestage plays high-level Blues on his handmade cigar box guitar while playing percussion with his feet.

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Ben Prestage will be performing at Olde Fish House Marina Friday.


According to his website Prestage's musical background began before he was born... even before his parents were born. Ben's great-grandmother was a Vaudeville musician who toured with Al Jolson and also participated in medicine shows. Her daughter was a Boogie-Woogie pianist and painter who used to play for Ben when he was coming up. On the other side of the family tree, his grandfather, who was a Mississippi sharecropper turned Ben onto the sounds and culture of Mississippi and Blues in general.

In 2012 Prestage was a nominee for the Independent Music Awards and a nominee for the Blues Music Awards. Prestage also took 4th, 3rd, and 2nd place in three consecutive years of the International Blues Challenge.

Ben's interesting approach to instrumentation, (finger-style guitar, harmonica, banjo, lap-steel, fiddle, resonator guitar, foot-drums, vocals, and his award-winning original songwriting (recipient of "The Most Unique Performer" at "The Song-writers' Showcase of America") has earned him invitations to perform across North America, Europe, and as far as North Africa. All awards aside, he has proven himself, through his live performances, to be the future of American Blues, Roots Music, Americana and is one of today's most talented outsider.

On Monday, Feb. 2 the Old Fish House Marina presents Jacksonville's own, Grandpa's Cough Medicine from 2 p.m. to 6 pm. You want hardcore power that will drop your jaw and get your heart racing? Grandpa's Cough Medicine delivers fresh and dark lyrically, these guys are not scared of exploring. It's a thrilling musical ride, going in a whole new direction.



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