Captain Danger and Ben Vaughn

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Captain Danger and Ben Vaughn
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 8:30 PM to 11:59 PM
Harvelle's Santa Monica, Santa Monica, CA
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  • Two drink minimum
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  • Ticket Price: $5.00
  • Door Time: 5:00 PM
  • Restrictions: 21 & over
    Two drink minimum
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9:30 PM
CAPTAIN DANGER: Here to save the day! Catchy, quirky pop with a funky soul - the band has developed a unique but “immediately likable” catalog of classics. Said CMJ: "[Captain Danger does] the perfect pop formula so well it doesn't feel formulaic at all." Led by songwriter/guitarist Aaron Steinberg, the 3-piece band Captain Danger features percolating bass from Keith Eaddy (Macy Gray, Dam-Funk, Jody Watley) and killer beats from drummer Roger “Joose” Benford (Shafiq Husayn, Robert DeLeo, Patrick Paige). Performance highlights include South by Southwest, SiriusXM and appearing live on Showtime's "The Green Room with Paul Provenza." Additionally, an obvious sense of humor has proven a boon, as Captain Danger has provided theme music for both Bill Nye The Science Guy and Howard Stern. Music placements include Billabong, AMC, VH-1, NHL, WE, Disney and more. Currently the band is hard at work on a new album, inspired by influences including The Meters, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, King Crimson, Prince, Sly Stone and Tom Lehrer. Additionally, recent production collaborations include internet sensation Flula Borg (genius/oddball German rapper/DJ/actor) and Olivia Olson (Adventure Time’s “Marceline The Vampire Queen”). Captain Danger makes the road less traveled feel like a great place to be – with an affinity for the underdog, the band is always ready with an unstoppable melody and a funky good time.

8:30 PM
Ben Vaughn ("That 70s Show," "3rd Rock From The Sun," the syndicated radio show “The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn”) grew up in the Philadelphia area on the New Jersey side of the river.  At age 6, his uncle gave him a Duane Eddy record and forever changed his life.
In 1983, he formed the Ben Vaughn Combo.  The band was together five years, releasing two albums and touring the U.S. several times.  They received rave reviews in Rolling Stone and People magazine and video airplay on MTV.  The attention inspired Marshall Crenshaw to record Ben's "I'm Sorry (But So Is Brenda Lee)" for his "Downtown" album.
Ben embarked on a solo career in 1988, recording several critically acclaimed albums, touring extensively in Europe and the U.S. and receiving more MTV exposure.  During that period he produced three records for the Elektra Records American Explorer series (Memphis rockabilly legend Charlie Feathers, Muscle Shoals country soul singer Arthur Alexander) and recorded "Cubist Blues," a collaboration with Alan Vega and Alex Chilton.  He also scored two films ("Favorite Mopar" and "Wild Girl's Go-Go Rama"), as well as appearing as a frequent guest commentator on nationally syndicated radio shows “Fresh Air” and "World Cafe." 
In 1995, Ben moved to L.A. and released "Instrumental Stylings," an album of instrumentals in a variety of styles.  A guest appearance on KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic" led directly to being hired as the composer for the hit TV sitcom "3rd Rock From The Sun."   "That 70s Show" soon followed, and for the next ten years Ben would provide award-winning music for a dozen other TV shows and pilots ("Men Behaving Badly," "Normal, Ohio," "Grounded For Life").  He also provided scores for several films ("Psycho Beach Party," "The Independent," "Scorpion Spring") and continued producing records (Ween, Los Straitjackets, Mark Olson of the Jayhawks, Nancy Sinatra, and the "Swingers" soundtrack CD). 
Somehow Ben found time to create the legendary "Rambler '65."  Recorded entirely in his car, this much-publicized album (and subsequent short film) is still considered by many to be a classic document of a man and his dream.
Since then, Ben has released “Designs In Music," “Vaughn Sings Vaughn Vols. 1-3,” “Texas Road Trip” (recorded in Austin, Texas with Doug Sahm’s band) as well as "Five By Five" and "Piece de Resistance" by the Ben Vaughn Quintet. 
Add to that an Italian dance hit (a DJ re-mix of “Hey Romeo”), airplay of “Jerry Lewis in France” on Bob Dylan’s radio show (complete with Dylan’s recitation of Ben’s resume), and two recent tours in France and you’re looking at what continues to be a very interesting career.