Concertgoers intrigued by the celebrity will be pleasantly surprised by the talented group of musicians that will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, at the Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren St., when Jeff Daniels and the Ben Daniels Band take the stage.
It’s no surprise that Ben Daniels, son of actor Jeff Daniels (“Dumb and Dumber” and “The Newsroom”), chose a career as a performer.
“We grew up making movies.” Ben Daniels said. “I was always behind the scenes.”
Growing up in Michigan, Ben Daniels gravitated more toward sports, playing baseball and hockey, continuing hockey through college. He said he started playing guitar in his early 20s, attended recording school and began writing music.
His musical tastes range from hip-hop to rock and roll, but he said Americana – a combination of blues, country and folk – best describes the music the Ben Daniels Band performs. At any given time, the band includes four to six musicians. The show they will present in Woodstock will be an acoustic performance with five musicians, including his dad, Jeff Daniels.
Ben Daniels admits that having his dad perform with his band helps sell tickets, but both men have an extensive musical background and they can stand alone on their talent.
“It’s amazing,” said Ben Daniels. “[Dad] gets people in the door, but it doesn’t take long for them to realize he’s good and we’re good too.”
A lot of the venues they are playing in this Midwest tour are opera houses, which Daniels said lend themselves particularly well to their acoustic style.
The Ben Daniels Band has recorded several albums, with “Travelusive” being the most recent. Daniels said he has noticed a marked improvement in his musicianship in his newer material compared to when he first started.
Beyond the father-son connection, the concert is quite a family affair for the Daniels, who will be traveling with Ben’s wife, Amanda, a vocalist in the band who is pregnant with their first child; his brother Lucas, who is the band’s tour manager; and their dogs.
“We’re really looking forward to coming to Woodstock,” said Daniels.
Promote Woodstock is responsible for bringing Jeff Daniels and the Ben Daniels Band to the Woodstock Opera House. When Promote Woodstock organizers learned many of the tour stops were opera houses, they reached out, offering the opportunity to perform at the Woodstock Opera House.
D.C. Cobb’s is the official sponsor of the show. Regular admission ticket prices are $45. A $75 VIP ticket, which includes premium seating and a meet-and-greet with the band, also is available. For tickets, call the box office at 815-338-5300.