Ben will be joining Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, Iggy Pop, Alabama Shakes, Patti Smith and her Band, Sufjan Stevens, Tenzin Choegyal (Tibetan Musician) and Jesse Paris Smith, Scorchio Quartet, Lavinia Meijer for the Tibet House US 30th Anniversary Benefit Concert Celebrating Philip Glass's 80th Birthday on March 16th at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Tickets are on sale now.
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals have announced a short run of North American performances for spring 2017 in the Southeast, beginning April 28 in New Orleans and ending May 6 in Atlanta (see below for a complete itinerary). The presale starts tomorrow, Nov. 30 at 10:00 a.m. local time (except New Orleans at noon) using password BHIC2017.
The spring dates follow a successful whirlwind world tour in support of the band's latest Stax Records album, Call It What It Is. Throughout 2016, BHIC played across the U.S. – including gigs at Red Rocks and the Hollywood Bowl with the L.A. Phil – as well as Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
The band will continue touring throughout 2017, starting with the dates listed below.
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals North American Tour Dates:
Apr 28, 2017 - Orpheum Theatre - New Orleans, LA
Apr 29, 2017 - Soul Kitchen - Mobile, AL
May 1, 2017 - Hard Rock Live - Orlando, FL
May 2, 2017 - Jannus Live - Saint Petersburg, FL
May 5, 2017 - Florida Theatre - Jacksonville, FL
May 6, 2017 - Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA
Public onsale: Friday, December 2 at 10:00 a.m. local time; except for the Orpheum Theatre (12:00 p.m. local time)
Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music premieres tonight at 10/9c on PBS (9pm for NYC). Chime in on Twitter using #Soundbreaking during the broadcast for a chance to win prizes.
"The eight-part series explores the art of music recording, and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the birth of brand new sounds. Featuring more than 160 original interviews with some of the most celebrated recording artists of all time, Soundbreaking explores the nexus of cutting-edge technology and human artistry that has created the soundtrack of our lives."
Ben will be a deliver a featured interview on Wednesday's episode "The Human Instrument."
ACOUSTIC CONCERT SUPPORTS NONPROFIT'S MISSION TO SUPPORT BOYS HOME PROJECT IN INDIA
Internationally acclaimed Grammy Award-winning musician Ben Harper will headline a December fundraiser in San Francisco for the children's nonprofit New Light India. "An Acoustic Evening with Ben Harper" takes place Dec. 11 at Bimbo's 365 Club in S.F., and will benefit New Light India's "Boys Home Project" based in Kalighat, India in partnership with Lend Your Hands. Founded in 2000 by Urmi Basu, New Light India provides shelter, educational opportunities, recreational facilities, healthcare and legal aid for the girls and women in Kalighat, notorious for its red light district.
Said Harper, "For years I have admired New Light's life-saving work protecting and educating young girls and boys who are vulnerable to sexual exploitation. An important aspect of this issue is making sure that the boys of this horrific epidemic are tended to as well. My wife Jaclyn has visited Urmi and the children of New Light many times over the years and I am grateful that she has brought this critical issue to my attention. I am excited to put another concert on for this important cause."
A musician, songwriter, guitarist, producer and activist, Ben Harper has released 14 studio albums and three live albums since 1994. In 2013, his collaboration with Charlie Musselwhite, Get Up!, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues chart and spent 24 weeks in the Top 10. It won a Best Blues Album Grammy for Harper and harmonica master Musselwhite. Harper's albums, combined with an unceasing commitment to international touring, have helped him grow a fan base that spans several continents. Ben is currently touring the world with his original band, The Innocent Criminals, supporting their latest release, Call It What It Is.
Tickets on sale Friday, November 4 at 10:00am PDT via Ticketfly.
The Hawke's Bay performance originally scheduled to be staged at Mission Estate Winery will now be staged at Church Road Winery on the same date – Saturday, December 3. All tickets remain valid for the new venue without any need for exchange.
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals - Call It What It Is New Zealand Tour
Special guest Miller Yule will open.
A ridiculously steep hill in California was the stage for downhill skateboarding's first contest, and it quickly became the epicenter of the absurd new sport. The Signal Hill Speed Run was a festival of innovation, speed, and danger. Narrated by Ben Harper. Watch it on Red Bull TV.
Join Ben Harper & special guest Ellen Harper on September 10 at Portland's Polo Noir! This single day experience celebrates the sport of kings, live music and Oregon wine. Held at the Portland Polo Fields at home of the Hidden Creek Polo Club in West Linn, OR, this majestic 88-acre private property is 20 minutes south of downtown.
10:30AM – NOON / PARKING & ARRIVAL
12:15PM – OPENING CEREMONIES
12:30PM – POLO MATCH 1
1:30PM – BREAK
2:00PM – POLO MATCH 2
3:00PM – DIVOT STOMP WITH DRINKS IN HAND
3:30PM – MUSIC / OPENING ACT – RADIATION CITY
5:00PM – MUSIC / HEADLINER – BEN HARPER and special guest, ELLEN HARPER
7:00pm – EVERYONE HOME SAFE
1. Snap one photo of yourself on a bus bench pictured above around downtown Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Culver City and Marina Del Rey.
2. Post it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using hashtag #bhichb.
3. We'll randomly pick one photo to win 2 tickets for the show and a meet & greet with Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals.
4. Winning photo will be posted Aug 16.
5. No purchase necessary. Travel is not provided. Contest ends Aug 14 at 11:59pm PDT.
The Queenscliff Music Festival, staged annually on Victoria's Bellarine Peninsula, is thrilled to announce the addition of BEN HARPER & THE INNOCENT CRIMINALS to their impressive three-day line-up. Tickets on sale now. Visit qmf.net.au for details.
The addition of the QMF headline performance has required scheduling changes to Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals' Call It What It Is Tour dates in Perth and Adelaide.
The Adelaide show at AEC Theatre has moved one day later to Monday November 28 (previously Sunday November 27). The Perth show at Kings Park & Botanic Garden moves to Wednesday November 30 (previously Tuesday November 29). The venues in both Adelaide and Perth remain unchanged.
For existing Adelaide and Perth ticketholders - tickets will be valid for the rescheduled show dates in each city without the need for ticket exchange.
Patrons who are unable to attend the rescheduled dates may obtain a refund from the point of purchase before 5pm (local time) on Monday July 18, 2016. The relevant ticketing agent will provide details of how to obtain refunds if required.