11.02.10 Ben Harper to play Byron Bay Bluesfest 2011 with Relentless7 & Fistful of Mercy

by kevin

Ben Harper to play Byron Bay Bluesfest 2011 with Relentless7 & Fistful of Mercy

http://www.bluesfest.com.au/schedule/announcements.aspx?ParentPageID=11&...

BEN HARPER and RELENTLESS7

http://www.bluesfest.com.au/artists/detail.aspx?ArtistID=120

Bluesfest and Ben Harper…..well, they go together like surf and sun. Ever since his Bluesfest debut in 1996, Ben has publicly paid tribute to the fact that his career really kicked off in Australia. And how doubly pleased are we to welcome this two-time Grammy Award winner back yet again. That’s right, doubly pleased, because in 2011 he’ll play all his wonderful hits and perform in two great bands, Ben Harper and Relentless7 and Fistful of Mercy (see more on the Fistful of Mercy bio). Ben Harper and Relentless7 lit up the world in mid 2009 with their debut album White Lies for Dark Times. It charted #9 on Billboard 200 and #17 on ARIA Albums chart. Relentless7 who helped make that chart success, are Texas musicians, guitarist Jason Mozersky, drummer Jordan Richardson and bassist Jesse Ingalls. Together they combine for an effortless and eclectic mix of blues, folk, reggae and rock music.

Ben Harper has a soft spot for Bluesfest. Fans at Bluesfest have shown time and again that the feeling is mighty mutual.

Ben Harper is scheduled to perform at Bluesfest on Thursday 21 April

FISTFUL of MERCY

http://www.bluesfest.com.au/artists/detail.aspx?ArtistID=317

Featuring Ben Harper, Dhani Harrison (son of George) and melancholy songwriting genius Joseph Arthur! In early 2010 some stunning musical talent gathered in a Los Angeles studio with no songs written and no clear idea of what to record. Over the next three days, three musicians with three acoustic guitars and three microphones combined to compose and complete nine acoustic and vocal tracks. In doing so they also created what is being hailed as a new supergroup. Fistful of Mercy personnel are of course Bluesfest favourite Ben Harper, iconic singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur and George Harrison’s son, Dhani, who was befriended by Ben Harper at a Santa Monica skate park. Dhani talks modestly of the success of the debut album As I Call you Down: “These guys are so talented. I can’t believe I get to call them my musical brothers.” And Bluesfest is blessed to be able to give Australian music lovers a taste of that brotherly love. Don’t miss Fistful of Mercy!

Fistful of Mercy is scheduled to perform at Bluesfest on Friday 22 April

http://www.bluesfest.com.au/pages/default.aspx?ParentPageID=11&PageID=81

2011 Playing Schedule

Thursday 21st April 2010
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BEN HARPER AND RELENTLESS7
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Xavier Rudd
Ruthie Foster
CW Stoneking

Friday 22nd April 2010
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BB King
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Blind Boys of Alabama featuring Aaron Neville
FISTFUL OF MERCY
Xavier Rudd
Eric Bibb
Ruthie Foster
CW Stoneking
RocKwiz Live

Saturday 23rd April 2010
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Michael Franti & Spearhead
Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band
Robert Randolph & The Family Band
Mavis Staples
Little Bushman
Tony Joe White
Indigo Girls
RocKwiz Live

Sunday 24th April 2010
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The Cat Empire
Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band
Blind Boys of Alabama featuring Aaron Neville
Robert Randolph & The Family Band
Mavis Staples
Trinity Roots
Washington
Ash Grunwald
Jeff Lang
Saltwater Band
RocKwiz Live

Monday 25th April 2010
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Bob Dylan
Elvis Costello & The Imposters
Saltwater Band
Tony Joe White
Trinity Roots
Kate-Miller Heidke
RocKwiz Live

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