One of the best--but least heralded--area singer/songwriters, Annie Benjamin, is playing as part of a cool triple-bill at CD Source this Saturday. Also appearing will be local soul singer Montrose and something called Acoustic Distortion.
Benjamin is a middle-class, middle-aged mother of two who somehow finds time for a solo career while also fronting the group Rocket Girl as well as a trio called Glitterhorn. She also sings and plays flute with Rahim Quazi and his band. Whew!
Benjamin's solo material is mainly mellow Americana/folk, but the gal can rock out on occasion, so hopefully she'll bring out the beat this weekend as the local music shop celebrates its 16th anniversary.
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Despite the bad economy and various other occurrences (like a car crashing through the store's front window), CD Source has kept on rolling. Featuring the best selection of used discs in the area, plus a motley-but-knowledgeable collection of employees, CD Source is a haven for music geeks like me.
As for Saturday's show, Benjamin hits the stage at 1:30 p.m., followed by Montrose at 3 p.m. and Acoustic Distortion at 5 p.m.
Judging by the demise of so many local record stores, the fact that CD Source is approaching its second decade is pretty incredible.