This is The Ben Rice Blues Band's third time performing at the
Rogue Valley Blues Festival. Why? Because they are just fabulous!
Not only are they great musicians, they know how to put on a
great show (though Dan Rice standing in the middle of the audience
on top of the plastic tables blowing his saxophone does get this
producer a bit nervous). The band also has been seen in this
area performing for the Medford Parks and Recreation Bear Creek
Park summer concert series in 2006 and 2007 and for the Grants
Pass Parks and Recreation summer concert series in 2007.
In 2006, the Ben Rice Blues Band won the Journey to Memphis
Competition at the Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, Oregon,
beating out 19 veteran bands. This earned them a spot in the
2007 International Blues Challenge sponsored by The Blues Foundation
in Memphis, Tennessee. They were semi-finalists at their designated
venue and finalists in the King of Beale Street competition at
the same event.
The band received five Cascade Blues Association Muddy nominations
in 2005. It has three CD's of original blues music. Their sound
is a mix of Delta, Chicago and Jump Blues with a touch of Jazz
to spice it up.
Singer and songwriter Ben Rice started playing guitar at 7
years old. He had already played rock clubs in Seattle and Portland
by the age of 12 in a family Rock band. Now at 19, he is a phenomenal
guitar player, band leader, and performer. He was nominated by
the Cascade Blues Association from Portland Oregon for three
Muddy Awards for best electric guitar player two years in a row
and for best vocals. Ben attends University of Oregon in Eugene
where he is a guitar performance major and is playing trombone
in the jazz ensemble.
Mac Potts, 15, on keyboards, is a rising star not only in the
Pacific NW but nationally. Mac is blind and not only plays with
Ben but also performs with other well known artists living in
the NW and can be scene often playing with New Orleans native
Reggie Houston. Mac has traveled around the country playing music.
He recently performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival
where he jammed with the Storyville Stompers and Harry Connick
Jr. Mac was recently asked to play at the Cincinnati Blues Festival
specifically on the Boogie Woogie Stage.
Daniel Rice, 16, on his Blues Harp, Baritone and Alto Sax,
puts on a show that is intense and very entertaining. At the
age of 17, his screaming sax solos have earned him standing ovations
around the country from Memphis Tennessee to Seattle Washington.
Alex McEntee on bass and Alex Ankeny on drums complete the
For more information, visit www.myspace.com/benriceblues