Time: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Location: Gazebo Park, 50 E. Ocean Blvd., Downtown Stuart
Details: Born the grandson of a Mississippi sharecropper, Ben Prestage has been soaked in Blues tradition and Mississippi culture since birth. Growing up in the swamps of south central Florida, Prestage began to mix Mississippi Country Blues with his own brand of Florida Swamp Blues. This muddy-water-meets-black-water stew has led him to perform from California to the Carolinas to the Florida Keys, in large festivals, every kind of bar, and sometimes on downtown sidewalks.
Ben Prestage spent some time as a street performer on historic Beale Street, while living in Memphis, Tenn. He used to share a spot in front of the New Daisy Theatre with modern blues legends Robert Belfour (Fat Possum Records) and Richard Johnston (2001 International Blues Competition winner).
Being a street musician in the “Blues capital of the South” threw Prestage’s music in a new direction. To his show, he added a cigarbox guitar (made by Memphian an one-man-band John Lowe) which has stereo guitar and bass strings that can be played independently, at the same time. Then Ben added a series of four foot pedals that can be manipulated by the heels and toes of both feet to play a drumkit. The final result is Ben playing guitar, bass, and drums while singing his own brand of Blues which leaves bottles empty and dance floors full wherever his music takes him.
Non-Profit Beneficiary: The Pink Roses of South Florida: The Pink Roses of South Florida is a society of Extraordinary women doing Extraordinary things in our community with Grace, Appreciation, and Gentleness.
More information: Call 772.528.0840 or go to www.florida-specialevents.com.
About MusicFest: MusicFest Downtown Stuart at Gazebo Park comes to life the THIRD FRIDAY EACH MONTH 6pm-11pm. Enjoy Live Entertainment, Food, Beer, Wine, Car Show, Arts, Crafts and Kids Activities (Bounce Houses, Rock Wall, Face Painting). Monthly changing music genes are performed live under the picturesque park setting one block from Osceola Street and Colorado Avenue next to the Martin County Courthouse. Lawn Chairs are RECOMMENDED with Coolers NOT PERMITTED. NO Entry with FOOD or DRINK.