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Event Archive - Ben Harper live @ The PNE Amphitheatre: Ben Harper

Wed. July 4th 2012 @  PNE Amphitheatre (All Ages)
6 PM - 11 PM
Tickets at: Ticket Leader,
Presented by: perryscope
Kicking off the inaugural season of Vancouver's soon to be beloved PNE Amphitheatre, don't miss Ben Harper live this summer!

A California native, Ben Harper puts a fresh perspective on Woodstock-era folk rock, 1970s soul and pretty much any other genre he comes into contact with. Harper's classic rock 'n' soul 'n' blues approach can come off like early-career Lenny Kravitz, but his honesty and integrity place him in a different category; in fact, the way Harper has built his audience up brings Bruce Springsteen to mind.

Harper's solo debut, Welcome to the Cruel World, came out in 1994 and immediately caught on with the quickly growing jam rock underground (then called "Dead Heads," kids). While this meant that Harper was filling concert venues while selling relatively few CDs, it also meant that an ever-growing army of new converts keeps buying his back catalog titles.

In 1997, "Steal My Kisses" became a hit single and helped make Will to Live Harper's first charting album. While his inclusive political vibe and ease with multiple genres may have seemed quaint during the Clinton years, his musical worldview was made more relevant than ever when the reactionary 2000s came around and reintroduced the public to the same things that Harper's musical forebears sang about (you name it -- voter equality, war and government/big business corruption).


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