Ben Zaidi
Johnny Brenda's Presents

Ben Zaidi

Ben Zaidi
Axel Mansoor
Ages 21+
Ben Zaidi with Axel Mansoor at Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia
  • 7PM - Doors
  • 8PM - Axel Mansoor
  • 9PM - Ben Zaidi


Ben Zaidi’s music combines the lyrical sharpness of spoken-word poetry with the soft lushness of electronica. Written and produced by himself in his bedroom, his songs bleed with the intimacy of a private journal.

Growing up in Seattle, Zaidi was surrounded by the natural serenity of the Pacific Northwest. While still in high school he began writing songs that caught the attention of local record labels and, ultimately, Harvard University, where he enrolled to study music and poetry. In his dorm room he honed an individual sound that blended the confessional songwriting of Blue-period Joni Mitchell with the sonic minimalism of James Blake.

He developed a following online, relocated to New York City, and within months had sold out back-to-back shows at Rockwood Music Hall. The independently-released single ‘Like It Was Nothing’ soon followed and shot to #2 on the iTunes Electronic Charts. Doors began opening, and Zaidi soon found himself in the studio with artists and producers he’d dreamed of working with, and headlining a packed show at Baby’s All Right.

As his music has expanded outward, Zaidi’s pen has turned inward––examining the self and its relationship to the outside world with unflinching honesty. His meditations on love, loss, and solitude in the digital age often point to the paradox that the more connected we have become, the more isolated and lonely we can feel. But, whether listening on headphones or at one of his intimate live shows, it is the familiarity of these feelings that pulls us right into the bedroom alongside him.


Emmy-nominated singer/songwriter Axel Mansoor has lived in five countries across four continents but currently calls Los Angeles home. His music features themes of transformation and self-love, as well as an underlying message that one need not rely on others to feel validated.

As a result of growing up in an Orthodox Jewish community and his diverse cultural heritage, the musician has crafted a unique sound which showcases his colorful background. Despite his music sonically bursting with feel-good energy, it sparks a much deeper chord, portraying the hardships of life, while maintaining a glimmer of hope and offering a path forward.

Axel Mansoor has received critical acclaim from press and curators, most notably in the form of a Daytime Emmy Award nomination in the category of ‘Best Original Song in a Drama’ for his work on ABC's General Hospital.

In 2019, Axel treated his fans to unique live experiences at venues ranging from LA's Moroccan Lounge to Arlene's Grocery, the Anderson Contemporary and the Billboard Lounge at Barclays.

Song by song, Axel Mansoor is sharing his big heart energy.

Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125