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Ben Levin & the Heaters To Set BCM ablaze; blues and boogie woogie at Music@BCM on July 18

For Ben and Aron Levin, blues music is a family affair.

Son Ben, a 19-year-old pianist and vocalist, and father Aron, guitarist and founder of the band The Heaters, will fire up the Music@BCM crowd on July 18. 

Ben started playing piano at age 4, and took lessons for years from world-renowned boogie/blues player Ricky Nye.  At 11, he turned professional, sitting in with The Heaters, and now plays 100+ gigs a year while attending the University of Cincinnati. 

He has made a name for himself performing at the Cincinnati Blues Festival, Chicago Blues Fest, Ricky Nye’s Blues & Boogie Piano Summit, Chase Garret’s annual Piano Stomp and the annual Festival de Boogie Woogie in LaRoquebrou, France, among other many other venues.

A composer as well as a performer, he has produced two albums, “Bens Blues” and “Before Me.”

Blues Blast Magazine refers to Ben Levin as “an old soul,” saying “it is remarkable that he has managed to learn much of the essence of the Blues piano traditions at such a young age.”

Aron Levin says of his son, “He was always looking up at the stars when everyone else was looking down at their Game Boys.”

Music@BCM concerts are held in Behringer-Crawford Museum’s outdoor amphitheater at 1600 Montague Road – Devou Park, Covington KY 41011.  Doors open at 6 p.m. with refreshments available for sale and the concert runs from 7 to 9 p.m.

Concert-goers are invited to bring folding chairs or blankets for seating. In case of inclement weather, the concerts will move indoors.

Admission is $5 for adults and free for children age 12 and under, who can participate in a new Kids’ Music Club offering free children’s activities during the concert.  Reservations are requested for the Kids’ Club: call 491-4003.

Concert-goers who ride their bikes to Music@BCM are admitted free, courtesy of the Devou Good Project. Parking is free.

Adult beverages are available for purchase. Attendees can also purchase food by Colonial Cottage of Erlanger, KY, supporting local community organizations.

The Music@BCM series continues on July 25 with Bam Powell and the Troublemakers and then each Thursday through August 15. Guests are encouraged to check the museum’s website, www.bcmuseum.org, or call 859-491-4003 to confirm the schedule.

Behringer-Crawford Museum celebrates the unique arts, heritage and culture of Northern Kentucky as part of the Ohio Valley. 

The museum is located in Covington’s Devou Park, 1600 Montague Rd., Covington, KY 41011. For more information about BCM, call (859) 491-4003, email info@bcmuseum.org or click here. www.bcmuseum.org.

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