05.14.01 Ames, IA

Stephens Auditorium (Iowa State University) with Jack Johnson

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anonymous's picture

This was my first Ben Harper concert, but certainly will not be my last. Ben truely does have a unique beautiful talent, I dig the beat, the words, and the music. It can't wait to hear Ben and Jack back in Iowa...

anonymous's picture

It is a shame that people couldn't appreciate the acoustic set. In the Lord's Arms followed by The Drugs Don't Work was one of the most spiritual moments of the show that too many people were missing completely. Yeah, Ben's a stud and I understand if you want him to father your child, but don't miss the boat completely. Even if there were more college students there I still doubt the quality would've improved. And sparking one is still missing the point even when the "anthem" is played. It was also too bad the acoustics in CY don't measure up anymore. There were a lot of distractions in an otherwise stellar show even from the start with the Metrogroovin' Jack Johnson. All pretensions aside, the multi-planar experience was well worth it.

trachselacious88385's picture

it's been a while back now..but i just found this page. I started listening to Jack Johnson when i heard he was gonna open..so i dug his opening act. I lost my voice by the time he was done though so that kinda sucked..but the concert kicked ass. I was right behind the sound and light men...and i ended up getting the set list from the light guy that dances funny when he changes lights HAHHA! It was my second show and it was far better than the DMB show i saw two weeks ago. No one can draw the audience in more than Ben Harper. Hearing so Fresh and so clean concrete jungle and voodoo child/kashmir in medleys were amazing.

anonymous's picture

you faggot ames high school kids almost ruined the concert... ben probally lost alot of respect for the crowde when you idiots started clapping during the acoustic set its not a fucking nsync concert... but it was still a fablous show.. the band has soo much talent. n bens just awesome..

anonymous's picture

Amazing!! Although this was my first time witnessing the greatest musician that we have today, Harper put on a truly breathless show! Before the concert started, my friend asked me what I wanted them to play. (what five songs) After 8 songs, my requests were more than met. I never realized how great not only Haper, but the Innocent Criminals were. They play together as one contained group. I almost fainted when Butterworth and Mobley did their duals on percussion. I thought that Juan basically stole the show when he danced during most of their songs. I could not believe the depth of the set list. "So Fresh and So Clean"??? Out of nowhere. Truly incredible!! The only downfall of the show was during Harper's accoustic set, when dumbasses started yelling. They even tried to clap to his accoustic set??? WTF? Oh well, this is an experience that I will never forget! Much love to the ENTIRE band!!!

anonymous's picture

I drove 6 hours, as one tends to do when one is stuck in the middle of nebraska, to see this concert and could not have been more ecstatic following that killer fucking show. venue was small and quite fitting for ben's music. unfortunately, however, i sat behind young hethen females hopped up on fermented grains who continually talked and made open, verbal declarations of fan infatuation during the acoustic set, ben was very gracious, and patient as always. intro to ground on down was fabulous, as was remember and superstition.

anonymous's picture

It's too bad that the show was scheduled after Iowa State's semester was over. I drove 5 hours to come back to Iowa to see this show and it was full of Ames highschool kids. They were all getting drunk on 2 beers, talked durring the accoustic set, and were grinding on eachother like they were listenting to N*sync or something. Some goon in front of me kept trying to make out with a fat girl, and she kept denying him. I found it funny, though, it took away from the show. The music and kick ass setlist made me not care how bad the crowd was. Superstition and Kashmir made the night spectacular. Juan rules.

timgass41419's picture

Amazing. An all around incredible show by Ben and the band. It was a definite showcase for how talented each of these musicians are. Juan Nelson killed on the bass all night, and Ben proved to me again why he's my favorite musician. It was great to see Jack Johnson live, too. If you don't have Jack's album you're missing out.

anonymous's picture

The show was great, Ben was spectacular. Nothing more could have been expected. Was it just me or was a 17 year delicious version of Denise Richards sitting in the front row?

anonymous's picture

Wowsers! What a kick ass show. I've never seen Ames so smoked out as when we burnt one. Concrete Jungle was fantabulous and Ground On Down was second to none. Was it me or was the bass palyer one funky mother