Brother Ray & BenOaks cover R&B classic “Ain’t No Sunshine”

Since meeting a few weeks ago, Brother Ray & BenOaks have performed their favorite R&B classic, Bill Wither’s “Ain’t No Sunshine” a few times.

This is actually how they met too! BenOaks walked into Lancaster’s Penn Square (in the center of town) to busk like he usually does most Saturdays around noon. But someone was already in his favorite spot!

What a pleasant surprise when this person, Brother Ray, starts to sing Ben’s favorite song “Ain’t No Sunshine”! He then performs another of his faves- Sam Cooke’s “Change Gonna Come” 🙂

Ben ran home & grabbed his guitar. They’ve been rockin together ever since! They have already started recording Brother Ray’s debut album! Stay tuned!

Brother Ray + BenOaks performing Bill Wither’s R&B classic “Ain’t No Sunshine” @ Tellus 360 in Lancaster, PA
Brother Ray + BenOaks performing Bill Wither’s R&B classic “Ain’t No Sunshine” @ the WARE Center in Lancaster, PA
Brother Ray + BenOaks performing Bill Wither’s R&B classic “Ain’t No Sunshine” @ A Concrete Rose in Lancaster, PA
Brother Ray + BenOaks performing Bill Wither’s R&B classic “Ain’t No Sunshine” @ The Moose in West Chester, PA

Beloved street performer Brother Ray is currently in rehab 🙂 BenOaks has been inspired to open a community studio serving unhoused artists & musicians.

BenOaks Friendsgiving @ Moose #908 in DubC

Last nite, Sat Nov 26th, was such a vibe! Amazing musicians & even better People came out to the Moose in West Chester, PA. A chill, members only, dive bar in the basement of the Elks. Surrounded by a super friendly, Cheers type wrap-around bar & pool tables & shuffle board. Comfy chairs & chess tables. We felt comfortable immediately. Warmly greeted by the booking agent / sound guy. We really dug deep & brought out our best ever performances! We will be doing another event this in Jan 2023. This will include afternoon songwriting, recording, artist development, drawing, painting, beat making & poetry workshops in the afternoon. Follwed by an open mic / cypher & finished by an early Variety / showcase performance- like 7pm – 10pm. Where we have 4, 5 acts – 20-30mins each. Hiphop lyricists, R&B/soul singers, singer/songwriters, poets / affirmations & standup comedy!

Best of BenOaks CrunkStep / Drum&Bass / EDM / Dancehall faves ‘KRSNA’ finally on Bandcamp!

After listening to many fan requests, BenOaks has FINALLY made his collection of crunkstep / drum&bass / EDM / dubstep / dancehall faves KRSNA available for DOWNLOAD for the FIRST TIME EVER! Only on Bandcamp. Limited time ONLY (after the holidays Ben will be pulling this album from Bandcamp).

All these tracks are VERY sentimental to BenOaks. They are his ALL TIME personal faves. These bass-heavy bangers were all made btwn 2007-2014 while travelling from city to city producing indie hiphop artists for Bones Culture.

66notes + Circumstantial Saint

new spoken word artist Circumstantial Saint drops some sweet affirmations on our new GRIMEY banger featuring our fave lyricist / vocal & mix engineer 66notes. BenOaks created a MONSTER! Download ONLY on Bandcamp until it drops on all the streaming services on Thanksgiving!

Well “Don’t Ever Let Me” was supposed to drop on Thanksgiving but didn’t reach the streaming services until right before Xmas on 12/23/22

get some ‘SoulFood’

Feed your Spirit with ‘SoulFood’! The third of BenOaks’ lofi / boombap trilogy released in the past year. Following ‘Gemini Vibes’ & ‘Lofi Dreams’. This album of jazzy, funky, soulful triphop instrumentals & lofi beats is very hopeful & less melancholy than ‘Lofi Dreams’ & ‘Gemini Vibes’ even though it was recorded mostly in May of this year when BenOaks was very suicidal. He later received professional help. After intensive therapy this summer, Benjamin Oaks has made a full mental health recovery thanks to regular community service, a home-made food diet, regular spiritual practice, and a loving home.

Help support Ben’s work of producing indie artists by downloading ‘SoulFood’ on Bandcamp! ‘SoulFood’ drops on all the streaming services on Samhain 2022 (10/31/22)

NEW subscriber ONLY ‘Backstage’ CONTENT

66notes & BenOaks were in a triphop group called The Numinous. The Numinous released an EP & a full-length album CHAPTER ZERO. You can find them on Spotify, Apple, etc. After The Numinous disbanded, 66notes & BenOaks have continued as a dynamic duo releasing over 5 albums together in just about 10 years. Did you know THEY HAVE NOT yet met in person??

FROM THE SWEETBEATS VAULT! EXCLUSIVE TO BACKSTAGE MEMBERS ONLY! YOU ROCK!

https://benoaks.bandcamp.com/track/pick-of-the-litter

Click here to join the EXCLUSIVE Bones Culture “Backstage” club where you will have access to MEMBERS ONLY content like demos, backstage videos, 1st dibs on concert tix & merch AND SO MUCH MORE to come. We are REALLY excited about this new, fun way to interact with fans who really dig our music & vibe. THANK YOU!

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