Stuart Benbow - State Fair Superstar Semifinals


I'm a singer-songwriter based in Southeast Michigan. I approach my music with the belief that words should have meaning, and songs should speak to the listener.  I tend to write acoustic Americana songs that address social issues, life, and affairs of the human heart.  When I'm not writing, performing or recording, I'm pretty down to earth.  Loving family, a couple of dogs, the usual.  You'll find me performing throughout Michigan, the surrounding states, and Ontario from spring through just before Christmas, at events ranging from intimate performance to festivals, to house concerts, and anything in between.

Current News:

I have advanced to the semi final live rounds at the Michigan State Fair Superstar competition again.  The contest plays out over Labor Day weekend, starting on Thursday and Friday from 5-10, with the top 5 advancing to the finals on Saturday, and the top three putting on a full concert on Sunday.  

My assigned semifinal performance is on Friday, September 1st, at 7:15 pm.  We each have fifteen minutes to perform 3 songs.  One fast, one slow, and our interpretation of an assigned song.  Competition scoring is up to 100 points by the judges, 5 bonus points if the crowd cheers loud enough, as measured on a decibel meter, up to 5 points for choosing original music, rather than a cover song, and additionally, the Carrot Wellness app will unlock a voting option for State Fair attendees during the time of the competition performances, allowing you to vote one or two thumbs up for your favorite performer.  Those extra points are vital, and separated first and third place by less than the 5 points given by your cheers last year.

Want free tickets?  Email me at superstartickets@stuartbenbowmusic.com, and just let me know how many you need.  While supplies last, I'll hook you up.  They're also available at Krogers, and online at MichiganStateFairllc.com


A new EP is in the works.  The songs are written, the scratch tracks are all done, and actual recording is underway.  The 5 song EP, titled Love Letters does not presently have a release date.  As progress continues, I'll keep you posted.

Looking Forward:

I'm now booking for the remainder of 2017, 2018 and beyond. If you would like me to perform for your venue or event, please contact me at booking@stuartbenbowmusic.com.  I look forward to making your event a success.

Looking Back:

Past performances highlights include, but are not limited to the following events and venues...

Fairs and Festivals:

CLM Fest - Cambridge, Ontario

Milford Concert in the Park - Milford, MI

Bloom Fest - Milan, MI

Michigan State Fair Superstar Competition - Novi, MI

Milan Singer-Songwriter Festival - Milan, MI

Fisk Farm Festival - White Lake, MI

Founders Day Festival - Farmington, MI

Concert Venues:

Trinity House Theater - Livonia, MI

Token Lounge - Westland, MI

The Junction - Livonia, MI

Bars, Cafe's and Tea Rooms:

JP McGuire's - Taylor, MI

Nico & Vali Italian Eatery - Plymouth, MI

Black Crystal Cafe - Ann Arbor

Crazy Wisdom - Ann Arbor, MI

Biddle Blend Cafe - Wyandotte, MI

Tongues Coffee - Wyandotte, MI

Plymouth Coffee Bean - Plymouth, MI

Goldfish Tea - Royal Oak, MI

The Dovetail - Warren, MI

Mentobe Cafe - Farmington, MI

Lighthouse Cafe - Milan, MI

Farmer's Markets:

Artisan and Farmer's Market - Brightmoor, MI

Milan Artisan and Farmer's Market, Milan, MI

Wayne Farmer's Market - Wayne, MI

Westland Farmer's Market - Westland, MI

Warren Farmer's Market - Warren, MI

White Lake Farmer's Market - White Lake, MI

Huron Valley Farmer's Market - Highland, MI

Miscellaneous Events:

ConcertWindow.com - Online Concerts

Various Nursing Homes - SE Michigan area

Private House Concerts - SE Michigan and Ontario, Canada

Bye for now,


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