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Grape Juice Plus / Barry Bennett

Grape Juice Plus / Barry Bennett

BIO: who is this guy!!?!
Barry is a JEFF nominated maker of sounds that grew up in Mountain. Home, AR. He spent his time wrestling and listening to OZZY. His mother, Helen, heard various states of rock and or roll coming from her garage for many years, and never complained at the lack of Floyd Cramer songs.

Barry Bennett is a drummer, bandleader, and a JEFF nominated maker of theatrical music and sound. Since coming to Chicagoland in 1993, Barry has had his theatre / dance scores and other music heard as far away as Salzburg and as near as the seat in which you are sitting. This group of folks would include 16th Street Theater (resident artist), Chicago Dramatists (associate artist), The Aardvark, Steppenwolf, The Goodman, Victory Gardens, The Art Institute, Emerald City, National Pastime, Cindy Brandle Dance Company, PROP THTR, Chicago Moving Company (composer in residence), Winifred Haun & Dancers (associate artist), Estrogen Fest, Writers’ Theatre, Asimina Chremos, Breakbone Dance, and others.

By day Barry is a modern dance accompanist. He released 5 albums between 1997 and 2008 with his group MiLkBabY. He has released two albums under his own name, “Death to Death! and Other Tales of Uneasy Harmony” & “Black Galaxy Sparkle Vol.1″ on the Madison based imprint of Uvulittle Records.

Currently, Bennett is Artistic Director of THE IMPENDING BEHAVIOR ORCHESTRA, a modular sound / movement / light performance group; instigator of the tribal avant combos, GRAPE JUICE PLUS & BLACK DOT; and can also be found beating the drums with Strangers & Saints & Planet Claire, along with a variety of groups on stages in the region.

He is married to director, Ann Filmer, and along with their daughter Hannah make their home in Berwyn.

Barry has no interest in Adulthood. Barry is the luckiest boy in the world.



February 17, 2017
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The Simian Syndrome

tribal psychosis w/ futuristic ritual & ambient sounds The mighty Grape Juice Plus finally put those “bootleggy” recordings behind them with the release of their debut studio recording…THE SIMIAN SYNDROME!!! Culled from sessions throughout 2016 at BaseStationBerwyn, THE SIMIAN SYNDROME is every Ape Rockonaught’s dream!! This retro futuristic treat has been declared overdub free by the FDA... [read more]

June 20, 2013
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Black Galaxy Sparkle, Vol. 1

This is the 2nd solo release by Barry Bennett. Tribal/ambient/space/punk! Electro-organic timelines. Outer space haiku. Rock -n- roll howls. Sub woofer mattress pads. A mello-tronic caress. A psychedelic cab ride through Chennai.

November 16, 2010
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Death to Death! and Other Tales of Uneasy Harmony

For the last decade Barry Bennett's been best known as leader of the iconic group MiLkBabY, whose alien world music made them a fixture of Chicago's left of center music scene. He's also a frequent creator of soundscapes and scores for Theatre and dance. His music has been heard at The Goodman, 16th Street Theater, CBDC, Chicago Moving Company, Chicago Dramatists, and with his own improvisational... [read more]

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