Ben Tufts

Ben Tufts & Friends Present A Tribute To The Police

Ben Tufts & Friends Present A Tribute To The Police

Sounds Like:

Andy, Stewart and some guy named Gordon

Why You Should Care:

For the past seven years, drummer and educator Ben Tufts has been throwing a music party with all of his friends to raise money for the Craig Tufts Education Scholarship Fund. You can't have too much of a good thing though and over the past few years, Tufts has expanded the annual event to produce a series of cover-band events that highlight some of the best music of all time being played by some of the areas best musicians.

This Saturday (3/3) and Sunday(3/4), Ben and his friends are doubling down on the concept and presenting a TWO NIGHT event at Gypsy Sally's in Georgetown covering the music of The Police. The lineup for this massive undertaking features band members from Birds For Eyes, Cross Kentucky, The Beanstalk Library, Classified Frequency, The NRIs, Uptown Boys Choir, and many more*. 

Tickets for the event are just $15 (get em HERE!) and all profits from each day go to fund the Craig Tufts Education Scholarship Fund. So grab a friend and head on down to Gypsy Sally's this weekend to do some good while having your face rocked off.


Episode 132: The Return of Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray!

Episode 132: The Return of Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray!

This week on the podcast, our friends Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray are back on the best coast which can mean only one thing: PODCAST TIME. After months of hard work, their upcoming follow up to2014’s Lean Into The Wind is almost ready! Erin and Chris sit down with Kevin for a supremely heady chat about their new album and why it’s their most ambitious project yet, Erin’s fledgling foundation Musica Feminista, and what it means to be outspoken activists in an industry that far too often rewards silence over basic social responsibility.

Plus! We’ve got a new track from the darkly elegant Frog Eyes album, Pickpocket’s Locket, for you to put in your ears. Grab a seat and get comfortable, because here comes one of the best episodes of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast to date.  


Episode 106: Unsung Drummers - Part 1 (of 2)

Episode 106: Unsung Drummers - Part 1 (of 2)

On our latest podcast we invite some of DC’s hardest working drummers to the basement for a super-sized, multi-part exploration of UNSUNG DRUMMERS. In part one of our two-part extravaganza, Ben Tufts and Mike Smirnoff join Kevin and Adam to shine a light on some drummers that you probably don't know about, but absolutely should. We're taking a look at drummers who brought something important to the table, and who should have become household names but didn't due to bad luck, bad band breakups, or having no interest whatsoever in becoming a household name. Educational, inspirational, explorational, and super-powered by rock & roll, it’s the biggest podcast we’ve done yet. Episode 106 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast – UNSUNG DRUMMERS!


Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray - "Magnolia"

Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray - "Magnolia"

Sounds Like

Cowboy Junkies; Caitlin Cary; Sneaky egg shakers; Four part harmonies that don’t just work…they kill.

Why You Should Care:

With last year’s Lean Into The Wind, Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray raised enough of a ruckus that Chicago music critic and Sound Opinions host Greg Kot took notice, citing them as not only one of 2014’s buried treasures, but including their song “Blue Dream” on his 2014 mixtape of best songs of the year. Now the California-based quartet which, besides it’s namesakes features DC stalwarts Ben Tufts and Derek Evry is out to impress another group of music luminaries with their new track “Magnolia” as a submission for NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest.


Episode 82: Lauren Calve

Episode 82: Lauren Calve

In this week’s episode we sit down with up-and-coming singer/songwriter Lauren Calve. Soulful, storied and powerful are just few of the words that come to mind when talking about her debut EP, Between The Creek and the Tracks, and Lauren filled us on the inspirations for her music, the unique recording experience (in a barn!!) that produced her debut, and much, much more. So tune in and meet an artist that you’re going to be hearing a lot about soon on Episode 82 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast.

 


Ben Tufts & Friends (Craig Tufts' Educational Scholarship Fundraiser) @ Jammin' Java - 8/16/14

The party may be over, but you can still donate to the Craig Tufts' Educational Scholarship by going HERE!


Episode 75: Ben Tufts and Friends (Craig Tufts Memorial Fundraiser)

Episode 75: Ben Tufts and Friends (Craig Tufts Memorial Fundraiser)

 On Saturday, August 16th, Vienna’s famed Jammin’ Java will host the Fourth Annual Ben Tufts and Friends fundraiser for the Craig Tufts Educational Scholarship Fund. With a promised SEVEN HOURS of music from the best of the regional scene and more, it’s sure to be one of the most memorable events of the year. With his brother Dan and friends, Derek Evry, Ryan Walker, Jasmine Gillison, and Aaron Mason in tow, Ben stopped by the basement yet again to talk in depth about the Craig Tufts Memorial Fund, share stories of how he and his friends met, the music they’ve created together over the years, and much, much more.  


Episode 62: Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray

Episode 62: Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray

Straight out of the van to your ears, Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray finish up their “honeymoon” tour right here in DC at the Black Cat on Wednesday 6/4. Yesterday the band, comprised of Erin Frisby (Miss Shevaughn), Chris Stelloh (Yuma Wray), and DC music scene mainstays  Ben Tufts and Derek Evry, stopped by the studio to talk about the tour, their new album Lean Into The Wind and much, much more. Whether you’re a fan of their “cosmic Americana”, looking for some tales from the road, or just want to find out why it’s essential for musicians to insure their instruments, this one’s got it all.


LIVE: Heather Maloney w/Laura Tsaggais and Andy Zipf

We attended  all kinds of shows during our Rocktober coverage here at Chunky Glasses, from the smallest clubs in town to large venues such the Patriot Center. That’s one of the great things about the DC music scene – without looking too hard, you can find excellent tunes just about anywhere. So it was that we found ourselves at the 16th Street home of drummer Ben Tufts for a fantastic house concert with locals Laura Tsaggaris and Andy Zipf, and Northampton, Massachusetts’ Heather Maloney. Tufts’ cozy basement proved to be the perfect venue for an intimate show by three wonderful up-and-coming singer/songwriters. Each of these artists write beautiful melodies, but also possess astounding voices, and to hear them in such a small space was truly a gift.