05.25.02 George, WA

Sasquatch Music Festival (Gorge Amphitheatre) with The String Cheese Incident, Jack Johnson, Galactic, John Butler Trio, Patrick Brayer, Soulive, Maktub

I Was There
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After a day of music at the Sasquatch Music Festival from Galactic, Jack Johnson and more, Ben Harper hit the stage for a 90-minute early evening performance. Halfway through the set, he invited percussionist Leon Lewis Mobley onstage. With his signature djembe beat, Mobley livened up "When It's Good" and sizzled through a new version of "With My Own Two Hands". Then after repeated "We love you, Leon" calls from the crowd, Ben jokingly turned to his bandmate before "The Woman In You" and cristened the moment with an off-the-cuff line from Foreigner's "I Want To Know What Love Is". Later during String Cheese Incident's closing set, Ben sat in on lap slide guitar and traded verses on Stevie Wonder's "Superstition". Blackalicious was also on the bill, but cancelled due to illness.

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Comments/Reviews

anonymous's picture

WOW. I can't seem to find th words to describe the energy, the hapiness, the buety of the music the place and the people. Strait up an amazing experience and one i hope everyone on this earth could experience, thank you ben, jack, string cheese and all others who were there. much love and appreciaition.

anonymous's picture

The day of that concert was one of the best days of my life, seeing ben sing was just insane! I will never forget that ever!!

anonymous's picture

Thank you Ben for a great day of music in the most incredible of venues. The energy was incredible the entire day, Ben's set was great; really cool to see Leon up there with him (my first time!). The second stage was also great with Patrick Brayer and John Butler Trio and others playing in between the main stage sets.

babe89458563's picture

I LOVE YOU BEN!!!
I LOVE YOU THE INNOCENT CRIMINALS!!!
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anonymous's picture

What an amazing example of how God is in everything and everyone. This show was like turning a page in my life. You reach points where everything is nothing, and I was there. This show helped...it was exactly what I needed.
Ben's beautiful voice sang words that painted the sky. During "Two Hands" I felt such a strong force of unity and like everything would be okay...things WILL get better, be it globally or in my own heart. He was enjoying himself so much! It was nice to see Ben so into the songs and he seemed so entertained by Leon. When I last saw Ben in Spokane at the Fox, he seemed very stressed and tired...troubled. I'm glad he's getting down to his roots again.
The Gorge is always a magical place to attend a concert, and I'm glad I live so close. Ben was definately the best act on the ticket...he stole the show. I really really hope he plays there again!!
No description I could write here would possibly begin to tap into how amazing this experience was. And I'll always remember it.

anonymous's picture

For me, this concert was perhaps the greatest experience of my life! I can not think of a more perfect concert to be my first. Being a huge fan of Ben Harper and Jack Johnson, I nearly peed my pants. I will never forget the first lyric to walk away as the sun set behind the gorgous gorge amphitheater stage. It was a much anticipated amazing experience. And I cannot wait until he and Jack return, which they better, next year at the 2nd annual Sasquatch Festival!!!! I love you Ben!!!

anonymous's picture

I had seen Ben and Jack in key arena last year on may 24 and you know I didnt think he could do a better show then he did that day between manic depression and ground on down the whole building was shaking with reverb but you know what when I was in front of the stage at the gorge and the sun began to shine as pipes were being passed back and forth I think everyone there had to have been high not off drugs either there was a natural high the ben and his guitar put out in the crowd and i dont know how he did it but no one there was listening to his music we were all feeling it. Ben you are the shit and I just wanted to thank you.

anonymous's picture

From the moment Ben stepped onto stage there was a moment of awe from everyone in the crowd. His music was truely captivating and being at the Gorge made it all the better. I can remember watching the sun set into the horizon and Ben moving me with "Please Me Like You Want To". It was definitely an unforgettable experience.

anonymous's picture

Ben's performance was a memorable one. What an epic show! I've never seen a performer captivate an audience like he did. It was amazing to see 20,000 fans as quiet as a mouse--You could hear a pin drop during his performance. I am not a religious person, but it was something that will be hard to forget--the songs went perfectly with the sun set. He definitely stole the show--I can't wait for Bonnaroo!

misuraca41617's picture

i drove out from boston and i would have driven straight back to do it all over again. Ben stole the show and rightfully so, very raw and emotional performance in perhaps the most beautiful setting God created. Ben Rocks!

ChiefCrowe's picture

This venue is the best outdoor venue i've ever been to. It's just amazing seeing the Columbia river flow behind and the sun set during the show. It had an amazing vibe that made the show completely worth it. I also really enjoyed the sets of Jack Johnson, Maktub, and Galactic. Ben's set was intimate despite the huge 20,000 person crowd. The highlights for me were the new song, When It's Good, Roses, Walk Away, Forever, Pleasure and Pain, and Woman. I love surprises and Forever was such a surprise!!! He was in a great mood also, and started to sing a bit of Foreigner's "Do you know what love is" which was really funny. He also dedicated I Shall not Walk alone to his grandmother. It was just a really moving and soulful set and he is able to change up the songs a little every time he performs.

After his set, he sat in on a killer version of Superstition by Stevie Wonder with String Cheese Incident!!

It was just an amazing weekend, I don't know what else to say...

anonymous's picture

Ben completely stole the show that day! the crowd was a bit listless during the beginning of his set, but only after a couple songs into it he had everyone's attention. He was the most animated performer on the stage, and he was sitting down the entire time. My favorite moment of the whole day was watching Ben play Sexual healing with the sun setting in the background. it was a fabulous show, I can

anonymous's picture

What can i say really? wow. Ben is the most emotional performer i have ever expierenced, and beyond that he is genuine. I'll never forget, being in the midddle of the pit, with my arms around my girl, and listening to "Walk Away". I swear Ben was really crying, and weather he was or not, i was. The sun setting behind him at about 8 or so, with the sun peeking out and shining right on him, i swore he was some sort of prophet. Thank you BEN.

anonymous's picture

Ben was amazing. The sun came out when he mentioned it in Pleasure and Pain and the audience was captivated with 'I Shall Not Walk Alone'. burn one down created possibly the largest smoke-out session ever, and then he got the whole audience participating in My Own Two Hands. Ben went off in his closing song, the Woman in You. I am hoping 2 find boot legs somewhere.
The only thing wrong with his set is that it was over too soon, although he did come back out later with string cheese incident. I also would have liked to hear some of his Christian songs. Now I am just waiting for his next show close by, and hopefully I'll get 2 see him with the Innocent Criminals.

anonymous's picture

The show was awesome and as always Ben did a great job. The whole audience was into him and his performance. It had to of given him a good feeling being up their knowing everyone was enjoying themselves. He is so real and thats why he is liked so much. He is definetly #1! Thank You!

anonymous's picture

The anticipation for Ben's performance was set by a day of GREAT music from Jack Johnson and Galactic and others at the almost surreal Gorge Amphitheatre on a beautiful warm day. Ben captivated the crowd with "Waiting on an Angel" and got everyone lit up with "Burn One Down." "Sexual Healing" got the entire place clapping together in an awesome way. The entire day was awesome, and watching Ben and Leon do their thing on stage was perfect.