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[portrait photo: Christian Coleman]

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

As a solo musician, Easton performs Live Piano Karaoke weekly in-residence at Good Judy’s The Blue Room (Tuesdays) and Sid Gold’s Request Room (Saturdays), two of New York City’s flagship modern piano bars. His songlist offers 2,000+ songs available for your singing pleasure, running the gamut from classic pop and Broadway to ‘00s pop-punk and indie rock. He has served as music director, accompanist and bandleader for an array of cabarets and community/student 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.

Easton writes about pop 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 authors, publications & archival projects, including the Good Ol’ Grateful Deadcast, the official podcast of the Grateful Dead.

Since 2012, Easton has been a member of The Academy Blues Project (ABP), a rock quartet based in NYC with whom he has written and produced six records. He has toured and performed hundreds of live shows with ABP, including at Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Kennedy Center, SteelStacks, and recurring sets at an array of NYC clubs. The band produced and released three full-length albums in 2021: The Neon Grotto, Once Again... and prodigal sun.

Between 2010-2018, Easton line-produced 800+ concerts and live events annually with 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. He was a participant in the 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.