04.11.02 San Francisco, CA

Bimbo's 365 Club with Patrick Brayer

I Was There
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In the midst of recording a new album, Ben Harper took a break to play a sold out benefit show to raise funds for Youth Speaks. An innovative group of young people, Youth Speaks "is building the next generation of leaders through the written and spoken word." Three of its members christened the night with freestyle spoken word and poetry. After a short break, Patrick Brayer started his set of Catholic and Western Fabuli on the acoustic and lap slide guitars. During his 45 minute set, Brayer credited the Inland Empire as the home to three of the best slide guitar players in the business: David Lindley, Chris Darrow, and Ben. Brayer finished his set and was followed by three more spoken word performances....Soon the anticipation turned to admiration as the crowd cheered while the man of the evening soon took the stage. Harper's well-mixed set of standards represented at least every album, including a brand new song with special guest Leon Mobley on percussion called "When It's Good". Mobley - who also played on "The Woman In You", "Burn One Down", a highlight version of "Like a King/I'll Rise" and "Sexual Healing" - wasn't the only guest of the evening. Brayer sat it with his fiddle on "In The Lord's Arms" and "I Shall Not Walk Alone"....Harper's standout performance was credit to the audience, an amazingly respectful and silent legion of dedicated fans and followers.

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Comments/Reviews

anonymous's picture

An amazing night! While Ben was on stage, you could feel emotion and power in the people. The setlist could not have been any better and the performance... Words won't do it justice. Thank you Patrick, Leon, all of the wonderful people from Youth Speaks and of course Ben. Hopefully we can all do it again soon!

anonymous's picture

This was the most amazing show I have ever seen- I still feel high from it. Ben is such a beautiful soul- and hearing Leon play Burn One Down! WOW! "Like a King/ I'll Rise " was incredible- and we got to hear a new song- "When it's good." I loved "Two Hands". The whole show was deeply soul-piercing and deep. Really a magical evening.

**See my long review on the General discussion message board**

aceves's picture

My first time seeing Ben in a small venue, and i was not disappointed. not in the least. i paid 3 bills for 2 tickets and it was worth it.

anonymous's picture

Once again, Ben's performance was amazing! The combination of the (very cool) small venue and the acoustic set made this one of my top-three Ben Harper shows of all time!

The poets were also amazing and inspiring!