Music Midtown had to be the most moving
experience I ever had...let me explain.
One month before Midtown I was hanging out with some friends at a bar in my hometown in Indiana. After singing karaoke on stage a beautiful woman came up and told how much she enjoyed my voice and what I was singing. After talking for hours on end she told I should come to Atl for the festival.
Several weeks of emailing went by then she offered to fly me all the way to Atlanta to spend a weekend at Midtown.
When Ben Harper got on stage and began to play Woman in You I
felt my whole life change. At that moment I truly felt the presence of love take over my mind and body.
For the rest of my life I will always remember Ben for the song and it helping us fall in love. And to the little lady in ATL.....I still love you!
It was my first time seeing Ben. But I had heard a lot about his live shows. My cousin has been a fan since 94' and my stepdad saw a couple of his shows back in like '91 at Club Metronome in Burlington, VT. I wish I could have seen some of his small shows back in the day. But anyway, Music Midtown ROCKED! and I hope Ben will come back for a 3rd year.
The throwing bottles thing seems to be a trend at some big shows recently (Woodstock 1999 for instance). It's a real shame that some people can ruin such a wonderful musical experience for others.
WOW! Music Midtown was great! And so was Ben Harper! As a new photographer I was disappointed with the height of the stage, hard to get a great shot, but the sound of Ben Harper made up for it. Too bad it was for only 1 hour! It was nice though to be in the photo pit for the first 3 songs! The people who work with Ben Harper (Manager, Publicist, ect...) were all VERY nice people. I did notice things being thrown at the stage during several shows, what's up with that? Well Ben I hope you play in Atlanta at the next Music Midtown and I hope to see you somewhere on tour before then! I am a new fan, your music is great!
Debi in Florida
I had only two agendas in mind for Music Midtown (which I attend every year):To see Bob Dylan and Ben Harper. Unfortunately, due to some slack ass late friends and sense of direction (entered at wrong gate!) we missed Bob on Friday. I was crushed but was totally satisfied after seeing Ben on a wonderful Sunday afternoon. His version of Manic Depression was amazing and I was even more estatic that he once again threw in his famous Zep tribute. Equally pleased for the perfomance of Ground On Down. I absolutely love all the fans who let my friends and I slide right on closer to the stage to get a better view (if you went to any other show that weekend-that was hell-no one who budge!) .After the show, we overheard some security officers and organizers of the festival commenting how they heard no reports over their radios of any trouble from the last performer (which was Ben). They were impressed with the respect the fans were towards Ben and the IC and other people enjoying the music that they didn't have to break up one fight or mention to the crowd to stop throwing stuff at the stage (which seemed to be a trend at all the other shows we caught that weekend-how rude is that?) Hopefully Midtown will bring him back next year to Atlanta, but until then I will keep spreading his music on to others and catching him when he passes thru the South again. His music touched my soul. Peace- Lea
What a great performance. I drove up from florida and went to mid town just to see Ben Harper. I sat through 3 hours of screaming little girls, and intense heat so i could get up close for the show. This was my second Ben show, and i hope to see many more. If anyone has any recordings of this show please email me!
i got to music midtown at noon and headed straight to the stage ben harper was going to be at. i stood there (SECOND ROW) from 12 until 3:45 just to see ben & the innocent criminals up close. it was well worth the wait. i loved hearing the woman in you live. but of course it's hard to top steal my kisses live. and throwing some led zeppelin in there with whole lotta love, i was just blown away. that was my first ben harper show, but it won't be the last.
i got to music midtown at noon and headed straight to the stage ben harper was going to be at. i stood there (SECOND ROW) from 12 until 3:45 just to see ben & the innocent up close. it was well worth the wait. i loved hearing the woman in you live. but of course it's hard to top steal my kisses live. and throwing some led zeppelin in there with whole lotta love, i was just blown away. that was my first ben harper show, but it won't be the last.
Short but sweet 8^) A great show indeed, though it seemed Juan was a little on edge. The hour long set was a tease, but they managed to fill it nicely. Manic Depression was quite a treat, with a nice long jam on the end. So great seeing Bob Dylan, Gov't Mule, AND Ben and the boys in one weekend. Hope you all had a blast!
I bought a ticket to Music Midtown in Atlanta, GA just to see Ben and the Criminals. It was so awesome to be able to see Ben in person since I listen to his CD's every day. I find his lyrics to be inspiring, and his voice is so beautiful. Hopefully some day I will be able to meet Ben and thank him personally for giving me many hours of listening pleasure. Thanks, guys, for a great hour and a half in Atlanta on Sunday afternoon! Love and Sunshine
I saw Ben and the Criminals at Music Midtown yesterday. I am a new fan of Ben's having been turned on by my sister who is an old fan of them.(BEN IF YOU READ THIS HER NAME IS LIZZIE AND SHE WAS ONE OF THE CRAZY ART STUDENTS FROM NCSA. SHE MET YOU AND THE BAND BACKSTAGE AT WAKE FORREST IN WINSTON SALEM, NC.) I found it awesome when the guys started playing Burn One Down and the crowd started "burning several down." I was very close to the stage and wished they could have played longer. I am holding my breath until they come back to ATL. for a complete concert! HEY BEN BURN ONE DOWN FOR ME!! LOVE YA, PEACE!
Another captivating Ben Harper performance! The Innocent Criminals were seen after the performance in the crowd, and I myself had the pleasure of meeting David in the Burrito line. I talked to so many people that just came to the Music Midtown festival to hear Ben play, and they were rewarded with an inspiring performance. I especially enjoyed "Manic Depression" and "Burn One Down", but every song was equally awesome. Can't wait to see them again in Milwaukee on July 3rd. Peace.