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Video: Call It What It Is – Ben Harper LIVE at ACLU SoCal dinner for Tom Morello

Ben Harper performs live at ACLU (The American Civil Liberties Union) SoCal 2015 Bill of Rights Dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel (11/8/2015).

Singer and activist Ben Harper gave a performance honoring his friend, rockstar activist and Bill of Rights award recipient Tom Morello. Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore presented the award to Morello.

Accompanied By:
C.C. White
Suzan Postel
Pebbles Phillips

Call It What It Is: Spring tour will support their first new album in 8 years


Call It What It Is – The Return of Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals: Spring tour will support their first new album in 8 years

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals will follow up their triumphant 2015 reunion tour with Call It What It Is, their first new studio album in over eight years, set for release on April 8th, 2016, via Stax Records. The band also announced the initial leg of their forthcoming Call It What It Is World Tour, which kicks off April 2nd, 2016 in Port Chester, New York, and will take the beloved rock, soul and R&B band around the world throughout much of next year.

Every online North American ticket order will include a CD of Call It What It Is upon its release.

North American presale starts Tuesday, November 17 at 10am local. Sign up for the mailing list to get the presale password. General onsale starts Friday, November 20 at 10am local.

Down Under presale starts Friday, November 20 at 2pm local and goes through Sunday, November 22 at 5pm local. General onsale begins Monday, November 23 at 10am. No password required.

“Making music again with the Innocent Criminals has been a priority for a while now,” Harper told Rolling Stone last year. “It was time.”

Tracing their roots back to 1993, the Innocent Criminals (percussionist Leon Mobley, bassist Juan Nelson, drummer Oliver Charles, keyboardist Jason Yates and guitarist Michael Ward) were involved in most of Harper’s projects before going on hiatus in 2008. The band toured the globe nonstop, earning legions of fans thanks to explosive live performances and a succession of acclaimed studio albums including Fight For Your Mind, The Will to Live, Burn to Shine, Diamonds on the Inside and the GRAMMY® nominated Lifeline, their last studio album together in 2007. The Innocent Criminals also backed Ben and The Blind Boys of Alabama on the two-time GRAMMY® winning collaborative album There Will Be A Light in 2004.

Call It What It Is, the new album from Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals is an incisive, bold, poetic statement that could only come from these long-time band mates and close collaborators, one of popular music’s most essential, cohesive and dynamic ensembles.

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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:

Ben Harper Forum:

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 &
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:
– THE Ben Harper forum: english, french, spanish and italian,

Ben named in the Gibson’s TOP 10 Modern Blues Guitarists !

Gibson named Ben one of the Top 10 Modern Blues Guitarists. Here’s what they had to say about him:

“When Stevie Ray Vaughan passed away in 1990, he left a void in the world of young blues musicians. Over the past twenty years we have seen the emergence of many talented blues guitarists.”

“Just like with Derek Trucks, Ben Harper’s style of music span many different genres, with blues being one of the underlying inspirations. Although he’s a multi-instrumentalist, Harper’s signature instrument is playing acoustic slide guitar. Just listen to songs like “Homeless Child,” “Whipping Boy,” and “I Want To Be Ready” for a taste of how Harper incorporates the blues in his music.”

Daniel Eriksson,

Photo by Danny Clinch

Ben Harper – Weissenborn, Vocals

Filmed by Gavin Conaty and Melissa Nicholson

Radio: Interview & Performance from Sojourner Truth Radio

Here’s the description of Ben’s recent appearance on Sojourner Truth Radio, followed by links to listen to & download the program:

Sojourner Truth Radio

Thursday January 8, 2015:

“Thursday a Sojourner Truth first: we spend the hour with world famous and three-time Grammy winner singer and songwriter Ben Harper. In a live performance, he debuts for the first time on radio his brand new song “Call it what it is.”

We have a wide ranging discussion about: his early inspiration and struggles breaking into the music industry; growing up in a bi-racial family in Southern California; the inter-relationship between art and activism; Ferguson, Eric Garner and the #BlackLivesMatter movement; his upcoming reunion with his original band “Innocent Criminals” and much more.”

Listen here:

Download the podcast here:

Source: Kevin Hunt