Ben Taylor, Carly Simon and Sally Taylor

Consenses Benefit Concert

Featuring Carly Simon, Sally Taylor, Ben Taylor and Friends

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 7:00pm
Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall Auditorium (201)

Please note that General Admission tickets are now SOLD OUT. A limited number of VIP benefit tickets are still available at


Consenses founder Sally Taylor will be joined on November 22 by her mother, Carly Simon, and her brother, Ben Taylor, for a Consenses Concert at 7:00 PM in Alumnae Hall.  Also performing are guest artists Kori Withers, Something Underground, Eric Erdman, and Libby Kirkpatrick. See below for brief bios of the performers, or select the links at right to visit their web sites for more information.

Carly Simon has been honored with multiple Grammys, an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. She has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, the Boston Music Awards, the Berklee College of Music, and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Her Top 40 hits include “Anticipation,” “You Belong to Me,” “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be,” and “Coming Around Again,” and her Gold singles include “Jesse,” “Mockingbird” (a duet with James Taylor), “You’re So Vain,” and “Nobody Does It Better.”

Sally Taylor is an artist and musician.  In 1998, reluctant to sign to a major record label, she formed her own, producing and recording three albums (Tomboy Bride, Apt #6S & Shotgun).  She and a 5-piece band toured 180 days of the year.  She thrived on the production elements of running a label and the creative elements of writing, recording, and performing.  When she retired from the road at age 30, she moved to Boston and began teaching music. She is currently taking time off from The Berklee School of Music to work exclusively on Consenses.  In this effort she is dedicated to enlarging the scope of artistic collaboration, the recognition of art as a journey, and the exploration of human perception.

Music has always played a central role in Ben Taylor’s life. His wit and skill as a singer-songwriter showcase an artist who is comfortable in both his own skin and with his impressive musical legacy. His acclaimed previous releases comprise his debut album 2003’s “Famous Among The Barns,” 2005’s “Another Run Around The Sun,” and 2008’s “The Legend of Kung Folk, Part 1 (The Killing Bite).” Highlights from his previous albums include appearances on Good Morning America, The Tonight Show, The CBS Early Show, Last Call with Carson Daly and Howard Stern. Ben also made his acting debut with a recurring role on NBC’s American Dreams and has appeared in the pages of People Magazine, Vogue and even on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Taylor has toured with Sheryl Crow, Blues Traveler and Ziggy Marley, among others. His latest album, “Listening,” seamlessly merges the sounds and styles of folk, pop, soul, urban, reggae and country/western, running the gamut from sonically spacious acoustic numbers to multi-layered vocals and fresh beats.

Kori Withers began writing her own songs at age 14, accompanying herself on the piano.  She picked up the acoustic guitar at 17 and began writing folk songs like her early singer/songwriter idols, Dad Bill Withers, James Taylor, Carly Simon, and Cat Stevens.  Other early influences include Stevie Wonder and Nina Simone. Withers earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Columbia University. In New York, she absorbed the multicultural influences she heard, including reggae, salsa, hip-hop, and the budding American “neo-soul” movement.  Kori also discovered a love of West African music; she studied abroad in Ghana and performed the lead role of “Ti Moune” in Columbia’s production of the Caribbean-inspired Broadway musical “Once On This Island.” Withers received her Master of Fine Arts from the exclusive Tisch School of the Arts (NYU). She has performed extensively—including performing with her father, Bill Withers, when he was inducted in the Songwriters Hall of Fame—and has shared the stage with such songwriting legends as Hal David, Charles Fox, and Alan Bergman, as well as recording artists Tracy Chaman, Peabo Bryson, and Jason Mraz.

What do you get when you blend harmonizing brothers and crushing songs with a whole lotta love? Denver-based power trio, Something Underground. Brothers Seth and Josh Larson and their long-time drummer, Trevor Mariotti, were born into musical families. That deep-rooted connection to music is ever-present in their seamless delivery of the many styles they perform. Rock, reggae and funk are just a few of the vehicles they use to move their audience.  Inspired by everyone from The Beatles to Bruno Mars, Seth and Josh are captivating front men with seemingly endless energy, brilliant harmonies, and incredible presence. Performing on stage their entire lives has given them the ability to genuinely connect with people from all walks of life, wherever they go. Mariotti is the perfect backbone of the band, not only for his monster chops and impeccable timing, but also because of his ability to intuitively read and respond to Josh and Seth’s unspoken musical queues as if he were the third brother.

Eric Erdman is a singer/songwriter with a warm baritone voice filled with emotion and Alabama soul. Erdman is a storyteller with a life that gives him stories to write songs about. His guitar takes him around the world and he can write four songs from one break up. His lyrics are introspective and deep, often with a hook or punchline that provide the spark in a song or draw listeners in like old friends. His career began as the lead singer of the funk rock band, The Ugli Stick in Mobile, Alabama and they released four albums and performed on three USO tours. In 2012, Erdman recorded his fist solo album, “My Brother’s Keepers” that revealed his voice as a singer-songwriter. He regularly tours through Europe and Australia and has won multiple international songwriting awards. He recorded his second album, “Color the Silence,” in Australia in 2013. He just recorded his new album “Not Slowing Down” in Muscle Shoals and it will be released in the fall of 2014.

Libby Kirkpatrick was awarded Finalist, Runner-Up, and Honorable Mention in the 2002 John Lennon Songwriting Competition, and won the 2003 Lady Sixstring songwriting competition. Libby was a finalist in the 2003 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, finalist in the Fall 2002 Lady Sixstring songwriting competition, and Winner of the 1999 Telluride "Troubadour" songwriting and performance competition. Kirkpatrick is an extremely powerful and refreshingly original singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist, stunning audiences with her wide vocal range, serious command of dynamics, award-winning lyrics and sailing voice. Growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Libby Kirkpatrick began playing classical piano at age 3. At age 14, deeply moved by the musical era of singer-songwriters in the 1970's, she switched to acoustic guitar while immersing herself in the artistry of Joni Mitchell, Joan Armatrading, Neil Young and Rickie Lee Jones. Drawn by her adventure-seeking desires as a nomadic youth, Libby left home to live as a minimalist overseas in India and in Thailand, and then busking in Ireland where she began writing her first original songs. She then returned to the States to live in Boulder, CO where she began performing professionally for the first time in 1995.