Tourdates: the next BHIC shows

Here the next officials Ben Harper shows :

  • 2015-07-17 @ Anfiteatro Camerini, Piazzola sul Brenta, Italy
  • 2015-07-18 @ Arena del Mare, Genoa, Italy
  • 2015-07-20 @ Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome, Italy
  • 2015-07-22 @ Summer Arena Assago, Milan, Italy
  • 2015-07-23 @ Paléo Festival, Nyon, Switzerland
  • 2015-07-30 @ The Filene Center at Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA, United States
  • 2015-08-01 @ Osheaga Music and Arts Festival, Montréal, QC, Canada
  • 2015-08-02 @ Gathering of the Vibes, Bridgeport, CT, United States
  • 2015-08-08 @ Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, San Francisco, CA, United States
  • 2015-08-15 @ Huckleberry Jam, Tamarack, ID, United States
  • 2015-09-04 @ Malkin Bowl, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 2015-09-05 @ McMenamins Edgefield, Troutdale, OR, United States
  • 2015-09-06 @ Les Schwab Amphitheatre, Bend, OR, United States
  • 2015-09-07 @ Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle, WA, United States
  • 2015-09-15 @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO, United States
  • 2015-09-16 @ Red Butte Garden, Salt Lake City, UT, United States
  • 2015-09-18 @ The Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • 2015-09-19 @ Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, CA, United States
  • 2015-09-20 @ KAABOO, Del Mar, CA, United States

Find the tourdates updated at: http://benharper.fr/dates-live-concerts/

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Studio: photography class by Leon Mobley

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Leon Mobley: “I’ve taken a photography class and here are the results. Lol!!!”

Source: https://www.facebook.com/leon.mobley.52/posts/10153063519741830

Ben Harper come back to Nîmes

Ben Harper will come back in France this summer. He will play “les arênes de Nîmes” with The Innocent Criminals the 4th of july. Selah Sue, will do the first part.

Many famous artists will play during Nîmes Festival, Pharrell Williams and Johnny Hallyday will play. Lenny Kravitz, Santana et Christine & The Queens are already announced.

3 days before his show, BHIC will play the 1st of july at Nantes.

Sources: RTL2 & http://www.festivaldenimes.com/
Photos: Evil Vince

On the road: 2015 shows dates

Hi all,
you will find here the upcoming shows officially confirmed:

  • 2015-03-25 @ The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA, United States
  • 2015-03-26 @ The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA, United States
  • 2015-03-27 @ The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA, United States
  • 2015-03-28 @ The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA, United States
  • 2015-04-05 @ Bluesfest (Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm), Byron Bay, NSW, Australia
  • 2015-05-23 @ Boston Calling Festival (City Hall Plaza), Boston, MA, United States
  • 2015-06-06 @ Wakarusa, Ozark, AR, United States
  • 2015-06-12 @ Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival (Great Stage Park), Manchester, TN, United States

Dates to be confirmed:

  • 2015-06-28 @ Rock Werchter 2015, Werchter, Belgium
  • 2015-07-09 to 11 @ BBK festiavl, Bilbao, Spain

Don’t miss Ben Harper  on the road!!!

– All the official shows dates here: http://benharper.fr/dates-live-concerts/
– THE Ben Harper forum: english, french, spanish and italian, http://innocentcriminals.net

Interview: Ben talks about IC and new album

Ben Harper has reformed his old crew The Innocent Criminals. He tells Steve Bell that nothing stops your family being your family…

Ben_Harper_Bonnarro_2007_FarewellIn the intervening years, Harper has worked with an enviable array of musicians – including subsequent supporting cast Relentless 7, Charlie Musselwhite and even his mother Ellen (with whom he released the album Childhood Home this year) – but is there a special bond with The Innocent Criminals?

“Yeah, there is,” he chuckles. “It’s a collective consciousness and its own instrument in the sense of familiarity and family. But then again playing with Charlie and Relentless 7 is also an instrument, and Fistful Of Mercy and my Mum – the different incarnations all have their uniqueness as far as what I get from them and what I bring to them. But twenty years is a long time – it makes us family. That’s a good amount of time for a tree to grow. Getting back with The Innocent Criminals is like coming home, for sure.”

Excitingly they’re already working on new tunes, and Harper attests that it’s a different feeling having the old gang with him onstage.

“You do feel the difference – there’s an energetic difference in playing with different people because you’re trying to unify and feed off one another,” he reflects. “You’re trying to become one with the sound and the players on the stage with you. With The Innocent Criminals there’s a lot of laughter and a lot of dialogue and a lot of history, and the camaraderie there is like a twenty-year brotherhood. And I’ve never been more confident that you’re going to be hearing the twenty-year brotherhood of The Innocent Criminals in this next record. And that will speak volumes beyond how I can explain it.”

“We’ve done two sessions – two week-long sessions – so far,” Harper enthuses. “I’ve never stopped writing for The Innocent Criminals, so everything that you’ve heard that I’ve released – whether it be with my mum on Childhood Home or the Fistful Of Mercy guys or with Charlie [Musselwhite] or the Relentless 7 – all of those songs were earmarked for those different bands, and the songs that were mainly for The Innocent Criminals I knew when they were being written, or in the process of being written, that I was going to set those aside for The Innocent Criminals so you can imagine from over six years that there’s a lot to pull from. But I’m not overwhelming these sessions, and I’m letting those guys bring songs to the table as well. I told them years ago, ‘When we do reconvene please have material ready’, because I need to be inspired as a songwriter just like I’m trying to enlighten and inspire those guys with my songwriting. I made a point of – not insisting because that’s overstating the point – but craving them bringing me material, and they’ve all done it and the material is blowing me away. I’ve been slanting in that way, as far as creative collaboration goes as a producer and a writer, for some time now to be able to bring that to The Innocent Criminals. It’s growth for us for the band.”

“It’s rooted in records past like Fight for Your Mind (1995) and The Will To Live (1997),” he explains, “but it’s also I think pushing forward into new territories that I think will bring out something that people didn’t expect in us but which had been waiting for us to reach – that would be the best of both worlds for me. Breaking new ground and also sort of having it steeped and rooted in our past creative process.

“If I could get it out next year, I’d be shocked; it’s probably going to come out early 2016, I’m thinking. Instead of going in and doing a marathon three-month session and having a deadline to hand the album in, at the moment I have no deadline and I want to take full advantage of that. I’m going to try recording in a way that I’ve never done before, which is go a straight week – block out a week – burn a little midnight oil and work hard for a week and then pull back. This way I’m going to get a heightened perspective on my own creative output, because one of the toughest things to do is really realise what you’re doing – it’s hard to critique what you’re doing while you’re doing it. It’s almost an unfair prospect in any art form. So the first week we’ve got three songs, the second week we’ve got a good part of five songs – which is almost a song a day over seven days – and I’m probably going to do close to a dozen week-long sessions and pull the material from that.”

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Complete interview: http://themusic.com.au/interviews/all/2014/12/18/ben-harper-steve-bell/

Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals to headline Bilbao BBK Live

Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals join Muse as headliners of the 10th edition of Spain’s Bilbao BBK Live, a three day festival that takes place in the outskirts of Bilbao (north coast of Spain) and happening from Thursday 9th until Saturday 11th July 2015.

The 40,000 capacity festival has not yet announced the line-up for the four main stages, two dance tents, a pop tent, a chillout area, food stalls and a campsite.

More infos: http://www.bilbaobbklive.com/2015/