Cutting-edge and guitar driven, The Ben Cote Band, hailing from Boston, are making Rock N' Roll young and cool again. These Berklee-trained rockers are creating spirited original music, fueled by explosive guitar work and euphonic choruses, and bring an intimate feel to their brand of music. This trio brings energy and power to all their performances, and their mission is to fill the gap in the current music industry that is the absence of time-honored, American Rock N’ Roll.
Ben discovered his father’s Van Halen records at the age of 14, and has been playing the guitar ever since. His passion and energy for live rock has driven his ambition to become a guitar force to be reckoned with. At age 19 he moved to Hollywood to study music, but has returned to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. Ben writes and records his own music, and tours the New England area with the Ben Cote Band. Ben has performed with the national band, Road Dawg, in Nashville and Laconia Fest in New Hampshire opening for legends; Bret Michaels, Vince Neil, Warrant, LA Guns, Lita Ford, Cinderella and others. Ben is heavily influenced by artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen, David Bowie, The Ramones, The Replacements, Eric Clapton, and Aerosmith. Ben is the 2016 and 2017 recipient of Berklee College of Music's Achievement Award, and the 2018 Professional Music Achievement Award.
Taka Nakamura Drums, Backing Vocals
Taka began his musical journey in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he grew up and lived for the majority of his life. He began with the piano at age 6, but made a switch for good to percussion in 5th grade. He took some interest in the guitar and the bass through middle school, but since, he has focused his time mainly on drum set. From his humble beginnings in Malaysia, Taka eventually travelled halfway around the world to Boston to study music performance and business at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. He currently plays for several local acts in Boston, including blues rock band Tokyo Tramps and fusion act G-Force, and he also maintains ties with several musicians who also travelled from Malaysia to Boston, including singer-songwriters Daniel Yoong and Jo.