"High Tide Or Low Tide" with Jack Johnson.
I was excited by the thickness and sharp cords of all of the music. I love the song With My own Two hands. Ahh, the relevancy and the beat. I love going to th gorgeIts like a swoop down of sweet music in the center of a flat crack. By far the best concert I've ever attended, except they took my water bottle.
Ben.....I am truly in love! This was the fourth time seeing him and everytime I leave I am looking forward to the next time we meet. He is incredible is every way!
being at the gorge is amazing and then you add the best musicians ever to it and words cannot describe the experience! with the pink sunset right behind jack the mood was set to jam to ben. both men brought tears to my eyes. i have never had such an experience. nothing could ever compare to seeing these men live. your spirits can not be down when burn one down is blasting and the people are so friendly. just absolutly amazing. i want to thank all the people who put on the show. i will never forget my experience and i will never miss another gorge show. nobody should ever miss that show! WOW!! xoxo
WOW This was one magical show. I was right up front for most of the show. It was absolutely amazing. The set list was hot. The choke was in the air, and Juan and his bass were LOUD. The highlight of the evening was when Jack & Ben sang Bob Marley's High Tide Or Low Tide, and a fucking shooting star shot out right behind them. That show was pure magic. Keep up the good work guys. JAH bless you.
incredible concert...just wanted to post my photos:
My first concert really and one that may be difficult to top. Jack led off with a laid back set that excellently set up Ben Harper. Who came on and rocked. I have realized that Ben Harper was amazing for a while but when I saw him singing the songs live there was an essence of soul added to the songs that was incredible to experience. Also another pleasant suprise was the innocent criminals. On the records one is unable to hear the amazing drum, guitar and bass solos that come on like fireworks when they start jamming in the middle of the song. Favorite moment was watching Ben seem to glow with a red aura around him from a light behind him, a bit surreal. Anyway the concert was awesome and I had a great time
Words cannot describe the energy this show has given me to "Keep on Keepin' on". I truly believe those "with ears to hear and eyes to see" will go forth from this concert feeling a spiritual renewal to continue down the road to freedom for all peoples. This is not to say that Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals are Gods.......they are just good stewards of their talents. Using their art to express life, love, pain, spirituality, the fight for freedom, and therefore expressing the deep essence of our humanity. I believe what I saw Saturday night was "musical ministry" under the stars (the same stars that have shined on humanity since the beginning). I must also say that putting the honorable Robert Nesta Marley's song "War" (which was lyrically based on a speech by Haile Selassie to the U.N. regarding the situation of the African people) in the middle of "With My Own Two Hands" was a very powerful statement. The prophetic lyrics are just as true today as the day that they were written..."Until the philosophy which holds one race,Superior and another inferior,Is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned,Everywhere is war, me say war". Hearing the complete lyrics to "War" in the context of "I can change the world with my own two hands" poses the question....."What will each one of us do to move forward in the fight for peace and justice?". Much props to Ben and his band for stepping up to the plate by using their voices to speak for those without. Lastly, the performance of Like a King/I'll Rise brought tears to my eyes, as it's power was almost overwhelming. I felt a deep connection at that moment to all those who have suffered the oppression of economic, social, and racial inequality; to all those who have risen up to fight inequality; and to all those who will continue to carry the torch of the freedom fighters of the past. May we all "Rise" remembering the words of Maya Angelou's poem set to the primal cries of Ben Harper knowing that these words belong to all of us and if one us isn't free, then we are all to blame. Thank you for the inspiration Ben........it truly has renewed my spirit to continue to live deeply and fight for the inherent right of every human to be FREE. Praises to the most high and much love to all the people that can hear this. Peace.
first time seeing ben and jack live, have to say it was simply amazing. The setting itself is incredible, as Jack stated before he began, and the presence that they both exude is phenomenal. Having been a long time fan, every expectation was met, except Ben didn't play "the woman in you", (since they've been on the road so long I'll forgive them.) Having Ben sit with the crowd, and the dancers during like a king, WOW! Keep up the good work, big ups!
I wish Ben and Jack could have seen what we all saw right before they began playing High Tide or Low Tide. They must have heard the audience collectively gasp and cheer as we all saw a wild shooting star blazing through the southwestern sky. So beautiful! It sent chills up and down my spine. What an amazing show. The young dancers were phenomenal! Ben and the Innocent Criminals get better and better ever time I see them. I'm constantly impressed...Here's a tip for some of you - don't get so trashed at the show - it's much better when you can actually remember it!
Having seen Ben four times now, I know how amazing his concerts are and what makes them great. A truly outstanding show is not only produced by what's on stage, but by whats going on off stage. People ruin the intamacy of Ben playing solo when they shout and holler during the middle of a song, let alone talk throughout the entire show. What is also great about Ben's concerts is that he never plays or sings a song the same way, and so it's a blessing to hear a different version of a song live. So, DONT try to sing along with him! Especially when you can't even sing! Save it for some cheezy Dashboard Confessionals concert. Thank you, and have a nice day.
The BEST live show that I have had the gift of experiencing. There is nothing in the world like 20,000 strong singing along to two of the greatest musicians of our time. The Innocent Criminals is the greatest back up band that any artist could have. Great Concert I hope to see it again.
being an avid ben harper fan, seeing him live for the first time was truly a captivating experience,"this is the man who has brought all of our emotions to life". squeezing through the disgruntled mob during jack was definilty worth it,getting to the very front before he began forever made it all worth while. fighting severe dehydration was worth it to see the whole concert 10 feet away from ben.
I have seen ben solo before, and I saw Ben with the criminals in Vancouver. Both were amazing shows, but this was unbelievable. Being in the front row definetly helped. It was such an amzing experience. Blessed to be a witness was the most amazing thing I have ever seen. All six members were playing percussion. The african dancers during Like a King/ I'll rise also made the night. I swear I saw Ben crying afterwards. I can't find the words to describe the show.
This was my third concert seeing ben sing his beautiful lyrics, and it certainly isn't the last time. I really couldn't believe how close my friend and I squeezed up front, it was like so astonishing to beable to see all of the innocent crimminals and ben harper's faces, because ussually i am further away. I really thought i was going to faint when he sang sexual healing, because this time it was different, because he added "IIIIIII've BEEEEEEEn reallly TRRRRRYing baby......lets get it on," in the middle of that song!, and as he sang that in the middle of sexual healing he sat very very close on the stage to us in the front. I thought it was so respectable that after i tried to get out of the crowd...we went to the top and walked around, and everyone stopped and said no words when ben came on and sang "walk away". I had to get out of the sweaty crowd at the song burn one down because my eyes weren't focusing, but i was determined to see the whole show! and it is well WORTH seeing their talent anyday!
This concert I have to say is one of my favorites that I have seen. They were able to really change some songs such as excuse me Mr. which I never would have thought ben really doing... There were a few downfalls but nothing that was the fault of the band such as a tech problem and a crazed drugged up 40 year old in the front row that "disrupted the peace" During I'll Rise Ben gave us a special treat.. something that I thought I would never see at a ben concert.... DANCERS they came on the stage with amazing energy and blew my MIND! Anyways amazing concert wish everyone oculda been there...
Amazing. But 'amazing' doesn't even begin to describe Ben's talent and stage presence. My first Ben Harper live experience, but definately not my last. I was lucky enough to get to the front of the crowd for the beginning of the show (my friends and I retreated back to our spot on the hill before "Sexual Healing"). It was hot and cramped down there, but totally worth the discomfort just to see Ben and the boys jam right in front of us. I'll definately never forget seeing the thick haze of smoke come over the venue as he played "Burn One Down." This concert has proven that yes, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals are true musical Gods!
wow....this was my first time seeing Ben Harper live.....I have to say it was incredible, amazing....it felt so intimate even though it was a huge venue....seeing Ben and Jack sing together couldn't have been more perfect....It definetly tops my list as one of the best shows I've ever seen....I can't wait until he comes back!
With the chill rhythms of Jack starting off the show leading into Ben and his jamming with the Innocent Criminals, it was an excellent show. Definitely an experience never to be forgotten. I was utterly amazed at Ben's talent and ability to awe such a vast crowd as there was at the Gorge. I think im still in shock from the show...