CROSS-POLLINATION LVI - TUES JUN 28TH - 7:30-10 PM
BENJAMIN WAGNER
AMY HILLS

Benjamin Wagner has been working the New York club scene for over ten years, self-releasing ten LPs along the way. Famed "Idiot's Delight" host Vince Skelsa described him as "extraordinary." R.E.M. front man Michael Stipe dubbed him a "future superstar." VH1 News called his songs, "Timeless." The New York Press, says "He's Ryan Adams without the 'tude, Pete Yorn without the hair, John Denver without the glasses, Dave Matthews without the dance moves."

"My father worked for the EPA, so I moved around like the stereotypical army 'brat'," Wagner says. Born in Iowa City, Iowa, Wagner lived in Washington D.C., Indianapolis, and Chicago, before his tenth birthday. After his parents divorce, Wagner, his brother and mother moved to Philadelphia. Growing up in the 80s, he vividly recalls getting his first transistor radio and listening, transfixed, to top forty radio stations in Chicago and Philly, loving everything from Hall and Oates to Phil Collins. But like James Joyce's Stephen Daedalus, Wagner finally had his defining, life-changing musical epiphany.

"My big brother brought R.E.M.'s Reckoning home from college which immediately woke me up and snapped me out of my Phil Collins stupor," Wagner laughs. "Hearing 'So. Central Rain' for the first time changed everything."

Reveling in bands like the Replacements and the Pixies (Wagner even does a "twisted" cover of the Pixies' "Here Comes Your Man"), the young songwriter strapped on a Martin acoustic and began playing in bands in high school and later, at Syracuse University. There, Wagner fronted the funky -- and popular -- local alt.pop band Smoky Junglefrog, opening for majors like the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, the Samples and Dada. Following the bands' demise, Wagner moved to New York City and began playing a wide array of clubs like the Mercury Lounge, Arlene Grocery and Brownie's.

Amy's new record is being produced by Thomas Kobrick and is set for release winter of 2007. It will feature a mix of songs from her last album "Heroine" (2004 Fine Large Cat) and newer tunes. The fully produced songs will have accordion, pedal steele, bass and percussion, along with Amy's signature guitar style and vocals. Joining Amy on the record are her producer, Thomas Kobrick, members of Akron/Family (Young God Records), Cassis (B-Blush), Brian Wurschum (www.thevoyces.net) and many more talented friends and artists. Amy has lived in Manhattan for over four years and amongst the many accomplishments since her arrival, she founded and hosted one of the largest open mic events in the city for 2 1/2 years, booked the East Village Club "The Sidewalk Cafe" and hosted the open mic event there, released a full length album, "Heroine" (2004, Recorded and Produced by Malachi Delorenzo) and two other EP's, "Things To Say"(2002) and "Amy Hills Live" (2004) all of which are currently available through her website but will go out of print upon release of the new record.

LISTEN TO BENJAMIN WAGNER LISTEN TO AMY HILLS
CROSS-POLLINATION LVI ::: Tuesday, JUN 28TH
7:30 - Doors Open
8:00 - BENJAMIN WAGNER | myspace.com/benjaminwagner
8:45 - AMY HILLS | myspace.com/amyhills
9:30 - Cross-Pollination set ft BENJAMIN WAGNER & AMY HILLS!!
10:00 - Guitar Hero