Ben L’Oncle Soul in San Francisco June 19th
This French artist, first discovered on the Web, has exploded onto the French music scene since the release of his first album Ben l’Oncle Soul in 2010. The album features his own compositions such as "Petite Soeur" and "Come Home". The biracial musician first became known with the launch of the EP, "Soul Wash" released online and then on CD and vinyl in October 2009. “Soul Wash” mixes clips sampled from 6 hits from the 90s and 2000s. Ben l’Oncle Soul also gives new life to “Barbie Girl” (Aqua) and transforms Katy Perry’s notorious “I Kissed A Girl” with his R&B cover. His cover of “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes is perhaps his best performance. The prodigy’s stage name comes from his childhood but also from his music. His friends made fun of him, calling him Uncle Ben because of his retro style and his joyful manner. He took the joke well and changed it to Ben L’Oncle Soul. And with good reason — he seems to have come straight out of the 50s and 60s, the era of Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin. His sensual voice and his groovy arrangements completely transform the sound of his generation. To our delight, this innovative artist dusts off old pop and rock hits and gives them a new sheen.