Music: Jeff Daniels and The Ben Daniels Band

Although he has been performing music publicly and on a regular basis since 2000, most fans of film/TV/theater actor Jeff Daniels are probably not aware of his hobby-turned-side-career.

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Jeff Daniels

Although he has been performing music publicly and on a regular basis since 2000, most fans of film/TV/theater actor Jeff Daniels are probably not aware of his hobby-turned-side-career. Known best for his roles in films like The Purple Rose of Cairo, The Squid and the Whale and the Dumb and Dumber films, and for his Emmy-winning role on HBO’s The Newsroom, Daniels has been writing songs almost as long as he’s been acting. At the turn of the century, he put on a benefit concert for the Purple Rose Theatre Company (a nonprofit he founded in Michigan), which went so well he’s since toured the country several times and released a handful of albums, including his most recent effort, last year’s Days Like These. Daniels’ songs are folksy and acoustic-based, with elements of Pop, Blues and Rock, which is also an apt description of the sound of his son Ben Daniels’ band, a successful entity in its own right. Most often performing solo acoustic, Jeff’s current touring behind Days has teamed him with his son’s group to flesh out the songs for the stage. 


8 p.m. Thursday. $30; $33 day of. 20th Century Theater, 3021 Madison Road, Oakley, the20thcenturytheatre.com.

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