08.30.01 Bridge School Benefit Set for October 20, 21 in Mountain View

Ben Harper will play solo acoustic sets at both nights of the Bridge School Benefit at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA. On October 20 and 21, a slew of artists including Pearl Jam, R.E.M., Neil Young and Crazy Horse and others will play to benefit the children of the Bridge School. Tickets will go on sale September 24 through Ticketmaster. [See sfx.com for details.]

08.26.01 Inland Emperor Records is open for business!

Today, Inland Emperor Records officially opens its online doors. The new record label created by Ben Harper will feature artists you might not have heard of before, but will definitely catch your ear. The label's first artist happens to be the Inland Empire's own, Patrick Brayer.
In addition to releasing a slew of independently released albums, Patrick played on three songs from the "The Will To Live" and has collaborated with Harper on numerous occasions. Moreover, Brayer's Starvation Cafe concert series helped open the world to Ben, where he played his first set of bottleneck blues. Please visit the new label at www.inlandemperor.com to download "Three Kinds of News", the first song from Inland Emperor Records' first release, the "Secret Hits of Patrick Brayer Volume Nine: Catholic and Western Fabuli." While you're there you'll find ordering information, more about Patrick Brayer and a special introduction from Ben Harper.

08.24.01 Ben Harper interview in Performing Songwriter magazine

The current issue of "Performing Songwriter" includes a five-page question and answer session with Ben along with photos and his current music, movie and book picks. Issue 55 (July/August 2001) is on newsstands now and spotlights Train on the cover.