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[portrait photo: Christian Coleman]

BEN EASTON is a keyboardist, culture writer/critic & producer, living in Brooklyn, NY and working in rock, pop and theatrical circles.

Easton writes about popular music and new releases, working as a contributor at Treble and a staff writer at Cover Me Songs. He is a freelance editor and research assistant for a number of publications and media projects.

He is a member of The Academy Blues Project (ABP), a rock quartet based in NYC with whom he has written and produced six records. Easton has performed hundreds of live concerts with ABP, including at Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Kennedy Center, SteelStacks, and recurring sets at an array of NYC clubs. The band released three full-length albums in 2021: The Neon Grotto, Once Again... and prodigal sun.

As a solo musician, Easton performs in-residence at Good Judy’s The Blue Room and Sid Gold’s Request Room, two of New York City’s flagship modern piano bars. His Live Piano Karaoke songlist offers 2,000+ tunes available for your singing pleasure, running the gamut from classic pop to Broadway to ‘00s indie rock. He has served as music director, rehearsal accompanist and bandleader for an array of community/student cabarets and theatre productions in NYC. His original compositions and arrangements have been featured in two seasons of the musical podcast Live! From Tomorrow (songs & score), as well as a pair of staged “industrial” variety shows produced by IBM.

Between 2010-2018, Easton line-produced 800+ concerts and live events annually in his roles at globalFEST and Joe’s Pub, the iconic non-profit music venue housed within the Public Theater.

Easton hails from Nashville, TN and received a B.A. at New York University, with a concentration in American Music and Collective Memory. He was selected as a participant in the 2015 Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ Emerging Leaders Institute, as well as the 2020 Mark Morris Dance Accompaniment Training Program. In 2021, he was a recipient of New York Foundation for the Arts’ inaugural City Artist Corps Grant.