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Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals headed to Byron Bay’s Bluesfest

THE second lineup announcement for Bluesfest 2015 has sent waves of excitement through fans as it was revealed Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals will play their first major global performance of their reunion at the Byron Bay festival.

The team at Bluesfest had been teasing that the 2015 festival would see a major reunion of one of the world’s biggest bands, and it certainly did not disappoint.

Ben Harper is a festival favourite, having first played Bluesfest in 1996 and has played at the event eight times now.

Also announced in today’s announcement was Paolo Nutini, David Gray, Ben Howard, Counting Crows, Gary Clark Jr, Angelique Kidjo, Jimmy Cliff, Mavis Staples, Dispatch, Ruthie Foster, The Beat, Keziah Jones, Sheppard and Playing for Change.

Festival Directer, Peter Noble, said he was very excited with the second lineup announcement

“Ben Harper, Paolo Nutini, David Gray and Ben Howard in the one Bluesfest announcement. What a line-up, each one of these artists is gold – purely brilliant in their own way,” Mr Noble said.

“This is starting to shape into one of the great Bluesfest artist bills and we have plenty of artists still to go in future announcements.”

“You join Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals with Bluesfest and it’s a very special bond: it was way back in 1996 when the Festival broke the news that this band was important and in return, their huge success showed us (Bluesfest) the way forward to booking the style of event the festival is famous for today and one that has been copied all over the world.”

“I am very honoured that Ben Harper chose the first major global performance of the Innocent Criminals Reunion to occur at Bluesfest.”

“Bluesfest is their spiritual home and the last time the band performed officially was in 2007 and it was in 2008, when they decided to take a break.”

“They did one impromptu unannounced performance – at Bluesfest in 2011 to the astonishment of their fans – who came expecting to see the Relentless 7. What an unexpected performance, it was pure magic.”

“I remember that night in 2011 well: It was all so last minute, to a point where their percussionist bought a djembe drum from a busker in the street in Byron Bay- the home of Bluesfest- for the performance, as he hadn’t brought one with him.”

“It really was so special for everyone – the audience couldn’t believe that they were seeing, perhaps the most influential band to EVER play Bluesfest, back on our stage unannounced and hearing the songs they love once again.”

“I recall the band’s celebrations in the dressing room, after their truly great show, going most of the night – they were all so thrilled to be back together again.”

“What an honour that they chose Bluesfest to reunite and do their first official performance – save for a couple of warm up dates in a club in San Francisco.”

“We have had so many magical moments at Bluesfest – this is surely going to be up there with the best.”

Already announced previously to play at Bluesfest 2015 was: The Black Keys, Zac Brown Band, Alabama Shakes, Michael Franti & Spearhead, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Paul Kelly presents the Merri Soul Sessions featuring Dan Sultan, Kira Puru, & Vika And Linda Bull, Xavier Rudd and The United Nations, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Rebelution, Soja, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Beth Hart, Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls, Mariachi El Bronx, G. Love & Special Sauce, Pokey Lafarge, Band Of Skulls, and Rockwiz Live.

Bluesfest will be held Thursday, April 2 – Monday, April 6 2015 at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, just a few days after the 4 shows announced at The Fillmore (see: Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals Reunite in 2015.)

More info: www.bluesfest.com.au
Source: http://www.northernstar.com.au

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals Reunite in 2015

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals will return to the stage next March at The Fillmore in San Francisco, marking the band’s first announced shows since 2008!!!

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals will reunite on stage for four concerts at San Francisco’s famed Fillmore Auditorium. The shows take place March 25, 26, 27 and 28 of 2015, and will be the legendary band’s first live performances since disbanding in 2008. The intimate Fillmore shows also mark the IC’s first visit to San Francisco since their 2008 main-stage set at the inaugural Outside Lands Festival in Golden Gate Park. Onsale ticket information for the March Fillmore dates will be announced soon.

Said Harper of the shows, “I have always loved the Fillmore and its history. San Francisco is one of the greatest cities in the world and it felt like the right place for us to set sail.”

Source: benharper.com

Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals 2015 Filmore

11 Videos: Live at The London Palladium

At first, we want to thank kristianlw of sharing his live recordings !
And now ENJOY !

Ben Harper performing Better Way (acoustic) live at The London Palladium on 27th April 2014:

Ben Harper & Ellen Harper performing A House Is A Home (acoustic) live at The London Palladium on 27th April 2014:

Ben Harper performing Diamonds On The Inside (acoustic) live at The London Palladium on 27th April 2014:

Ben Harper & Ellen Harper performing Learn It All Again Tomorrow (acoustic) live at The London Palladium on 27th April 2014:

Ben Harper performing Burn One Down (acoustic) live at The London Palladium on 27th April 2014:

Ben Harper performing Please Bleed (acoustic) live at The London Palladium on 27th April 2014:

Ben Harper performing Lifeline (acoustic) live at The London Palladium on 27th April 2014:

Ben Harper performing Forever (acoustic) live at The London Palladium on 27th April 2014:

Ben Harper performing I Trust You To Dig My Grave (acoustic) live at The London Palladium on 27th April 2014:

Ben Harper performing Walk Away (acoustic) live at The London Palladium on 27th April 2014:

Ben Harper performing Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen cover) live at The London Palladium on 27th April 2014:

An Acoustic Evening with Ben Harper

Ben Harper is back in Europe for a series of exceptional 17 concerts solo acoustic redrawing his 20 years of career, his first album ” Welcome to the Cruel World ” to “Get Up” his last opus in association with legend of the harmonica Charlie Musselwhite.

Check out the dates:

04.27.14 London, England – London Palladium
04.28.14 Manchester, England – The Lowry
04.29.14 Birmingham, England – Symphony Hall
05.01.14 Brussels, Belgium – Cirque Royal
05.02.14 Utrecht, Netherlands – TivoliVredenburg
05.04.14 Essen, Germany – Colosseum Theater
05.06.14 Geneva, Switzerland – Théâtre du Léman
05.07.14 Lucerne, Switzerland – KKL Luzern
05.09.14 Padova, Italy – Gran Teatro Geox
05.10.14 Florence, Italy – Teatro Verdi di Firenze
05.11.14 Rome, Italy – Auditorium Parco della Musica – Sala Santa Cecilia
05.13.14 Milan, Italy – Gran Teatro Linear4Ciak
05.14.14 Turin, Italy – Teatro Colosseo
05.15.14 Grenoble, France – Le Summum
05.17.14 Paris, France – Folies Bergere
05.18.14 Paris, France – Folies Bergere
05.19.14 Paris, France – Folies Bergere

Listen to: “Altar of Love”

Listen to Ben & Ellen Harper’s “Altar of Love” from their upcoming album Childhood Home, out May 6 for Mother’s Day. Pre-order at Amazon.com and the Ben Harper Shop.

Two more songs from upcoming album Childhood Home:

Childhood Home Tracklist:
1. A House Is a Home
2. City of Dreams
3. Born to Love You
4. Heavyhearted World
5. Farmer’s Daughter
6. Memories of Gold
7. Altar of Love
8. Break Your Heart
9. Learn It All Again Tomorrow
10. How Could We Not Believe

You can pre-order now at Amazon.com and the Ben Harper Shop.

New album – Ben & Ellen Harper “Childhood Home”

BEN AND ELLEN HARPER REFLECT ON Childhood Home

COLLABORATIVE ALBUM DUE MAY 6 VIA PRESTIGE FOLKLORE

Ben Harper and his mother Ellen have collaborated to create Childhood Home (Prestige Folklore), an absorbing, deeply personal collection of original songs set for release on May 6, 2014. Landing the week before Mother’s Day, the ten songs on Childhood Home, six written by Ben and four written by Ellen, explore the intricacies of family life with honesty and generous intimacy.

childhood-benharperThe album’s source can be directly traced to the pair’s highly unusual musical heritage. In 1958, Ben Harper’s maternal grandparents established The Folk Music Center and Museum in Claremont, California. It was there, amid guitars, banjos, tablas, ukuleles and all manner of instruments from around the world, that a distinctively musical family took shape. Ellen Harper, a talented multi-instrumentalist in her own right, encouraged her family to use the store (which she still operates) as a musical laboratory. The center was a magnet for up-and-comers such as Ry Cooder, David Lindley and Taj Mahal, who became extended family members, providing master classes in creativity and philosophy, all of which the young Ben Harper soaked up like a sponge.

“I was a single mom, so he would come to the music store pretty much everyday after school, and help out while I was working. I think he just absorbed a lot of it,” Ellen told a local paper. “It was in his environment, everywhere, because I used to play in bands, and he used to hang out with us all the time.” “Without that upbringing, I don’t think I’d be doing what I do,” Ben told the LA Times upon his grandfather’s passing in 2004.

The tender, artfully crafted story sketches on Childhood Home are laced with an undercurrent of love, wistfulness and, sometimes, pain. “A house is a home even when there’s ghosts / Even when you gotta run from the ones who love you most,” Ben sings on the album opener “A House Is A Home.” On “Memories of Gold,” truthfulness cuts through sweet nostalgia: “In the winter she wants to be dancer / In springtime she wants to be a scribe /In summer she wants to be a painter / Come autumn the mother of a child.” Likewise, the sacrifice and despair of domestic life is devotedly delivered on Ellen Harper’s “Altar of Love”: “He always works late, determines his own fate / He’s found his true match; he’s found his soul mate / Sorry he says, sorry he feels / Can’t help himself, he fell head over heels / And now she’s another wife and a mother / Sacrificed on the alter of love.”

Ben Harper produced Childhood Home “like early Elvis,” he told Rolling Stone, after he and Charlie Musselwhite won the “Best Blues Album” GRAMMY Award for last year’s critically acclaimed Get Up! (Stax/Concord). “Not one thing is plugged in. It’s all acoustic. I think they’re going to call it ‘Americana,’ but it’s soul, California, folk rock, American.”

Addressing a hometown audience, Ben recently affirmed: “I’ve always figured home is where you run from, and then run to.” Ben and Ellen Harper find the circle unbroken on Childhood Home.

Childhood Home Tracklist:

1. A House Is a Home
2. City of Dreams
3. Born to Love You
4. Heavyhearted World
5. Farmer’s Daughter
6. Memories of Gold
7. Altar of Love
8. Break Your Heart
9. Learn It All Again Tomorrow
10. How Could We Not Believe

You can pre-order the CD now at Amazon.com.

Source: www.benharper.com

Jah Work: A Lewis Marnell Tribute

jah-work-a-lewis-marnell-tributeBen Harper is helping to raise money for the family of Australian pro skateboarder Lewis Marnell, whose untimely death in January at the age of 30 left his family in dire financial straits. A lifelong skateboarding enthusiast and friend to skaters around the world, Harper has reunited with the Innocent Criminals for the first time since 2007 to re-record the song “Jah Work” from his 1997 album, “The Will to Live.” The song is now available on iTunes, Amazon.com and Google Play, with all proceeds going to the Lewis Marnell family memorial fund.

“Lewis was a brilliant artist and athlete not to mention a truly beautiful soul. We loved him and his contributions to skating, and we thought a song would be a wonderful way to celebrate his life and help his family.” said Harper.

Marnell died Jan. 18 from complications of diabetes, a disease he lived with from the age of 10. He did not allow his condition to impede his meteoric skateboarding career. He skated with such passion and style that can’t be replicated, he made all his tricks look effortless and his love for life was infectious. In 2008 he made his mark when he went pro for Almost Skateboards and he was named Skater of the Year from Australian skateboarding magazine slam. Marnell got married in late 2012, and died only a few months later, leaving his family with a large debt. Global efforts to help the family financially ensued, with Harper’s being the latest.

Lewis Marnell tribute ONE LOVE from Jason Hernandez on Vimeo.

Source: jahwork.benharper.com/