The son and the stepdaughter of Eltons late Grammy Award-winning keyboardist, Guy Babylon, will open for the classic rock band Air Supply at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, California, on August 3.
Ben Babylon and Jessica Hoggarth grew up watching Guy in the studio and in concert, and are now performing their own music. The Ben Babylon Band and the folk-duo HoneyHeart have been playing throughout Southern California since last year, but the Air Supply concert is by far their most prestigious opportunity to date.
Air Supply was one of the biggest groups of the 70s and 80s, said the 14-year-old Babylon. I cant decide what Im more excited about, opening for them or seeing them play live.
“I grew up listening to their music, added Hoggarth, who is 31. They have so many great songs. I think we are going to be a good fit.”
Comprised of Hoggarth and her musical partner Nina Kurtz, HoneyHeart has become a mainstay at festivals and other venues in the region. For the upcoming show they will do an early acoustic set. Then, the Ben Babylon Band will rock the Canyon Club with songs from Ben’s upcoming album Dreams for Sale, and other original material. One of Babylons singles, Contradiction, which he recorded with most of the members of Elton’s group, is already available on iTunes and Amazon.
This is the second time the Ben Babylon Band has been invited to perform at the Canyon Club by concert promoters Allen and JoAnn Kepler of Kepler Entertainment LLC. The Keplers previously invited Babylon to open for their new powerhouse jazz group, the JAZZMATICS, last April.
Ben Babylon was amazing, Allen said. We believe in Ben and see a very bright future for this talented young musician. We are thrilled to have him and his band back at the Canyon to play an opening set for Air Supply.
Air Supply was formed in Australia in 1975 by guitarist and singer-songwriter Graham Russell and lead vocalist Russell Hitchcock, and became popular in the United States after signing with Arista Records in 1979. They enjoyed worldwide success, with eight Top Ten hits in America, including Lost in Love, which Russell reportedly wrote in just 15 minutes.
The Canyon Club is located at 28912 Roadside Drive, in Agoura Hills. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. HoneyHeart plays at 7:15, followed at 8 p.m. by the Ben Babylon Band. Then at 9 p.m., it’s time for Air Supply.
Tickets are $45.00 and $59.00. Those who are under 18 years old must be accompanied by a paying adult.
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