05.23.95 Istanbul, Turkey

Cemil Topuzlu Open-Air Theatre with Bülent Ortaçgil, John Hammond

I Was There
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Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals Setlist 1969-12-31 - Cemil Topuzlu Open-Air Theatre - Istanbul, Turkey


Oliver's Dad, Chili Charles filled in for Leon on percussion. Ben opened the show solo acoustic with "Oppression/Get Up, Stand Up." Later to start the encore, Ben invited a local saz band whom he had heard across the street earlier at a cafe on stage to perform one of their songs.

Who Went

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The venue name is Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Theatre;

Opening acts were: 1- Local musicians Bulent Ortacgil band, 2-Blues legend John Hammond, a one man show playing finest delta blues.
The venue was almost full, some 4000 people must have attended that night.. Closing piece (God Fearing Man) blew everyone away. That night, Olliver Charles was in peak performance as far as I remember.