Please join us for Songwriters in the Round featuring songwriters Lauren Hoffman, Ben Arthur, and Matt Curreri. Ben Arthur will also be celebrating a new album release, American Castles. Wine and Three Notch’d Brewery beer will be available.
Lauren Hoffman:I have always felt like an outsider… have you?…Some of us have better masks than others.Sometimes, I wear a very convincing mask.Fitting in feels like a game; showy peacock feathers, herd mentality, dominance rituals….There is a place inside the mask, in and through that lonesome feeling, a place where I am not afraid of being The Outsider, and that’s the place where I write the song.I show you the song because I know you are an Outsider too, behind the mask…I’m trying to meet you there.– Lauren HoffmanBen Arthur:Ben Arthur’s upcoming release, American Castles, is his second collection of
“answer songs” responding to other artists’ work. The album contains songs
inspired by the works of Joyce Carol Oates, Susan Orlean, and Patricia Lockwood,
and Ben even had the thrill of co-writing a song with bestselling author George
Ben has released seven previous albums and two novels, and has shared the stage
with artists including Dave Matthews, Tori Amos, Bruce Hornsby, Shawn Colvin,
and Toots and the Maytals. Ben has licensed songs to ABC, CBS, Showtime,
Lifetime, and PBS.
Since 2011 Ben has hosted and co-produced the songwriting video series
SongCraft Presents, which has earned three Emmy nominations for its episodes
on PBS. Guests so far have included My Brightest Diamond, Vienna Teng, Lera
Lynn, Ximena Sarinana, and others. Partnered with the syndicated radio
program Acoustic Café (which airs for two million people per week), SongCraft is
currently working on a full-length series for PBS.
Live performances, interviews, fan-made videos, and covers of Ben’s songs by
other artists can be found online. Ben’s songs have logged more than 2 million
plays on Pandora.