08.18.06 Berkeley, CA

Greek Theatre with Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley

I Was There
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Carlos Santana played on "Serve Your Soul", "With My Own Two Hands" and "Get Up, Stand Up" (with Damian Marley). Radio from Spearhead beat-boxed on "Steal My Kisses."

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bjmulholand's picture

I have seen multiple ben shows and while I can't classify one as the best, I can always say that I will never see a better performer with a vibe like BHIC.
Peace and Love,

max_fairbanks3895's picture

Maybe I'm posting this review a little late, seeing as the show was almost a month ago, but I can't say how amazing this show was. It was still the best concert I've been to BEFORE Carlos Santana came out. Completely mindblowing. I couldn't put it any other way. Thanks so much

cmw3871435's picture

so about a week has passed and im still in awe over my experience at this show! every musician was absolutley amazing...it was hands down the best show i have ever seen. i wanted to say thank you to ben and the innocent criminals for giving me a night to remember. peace and love.

connorgeraghty80110's picture

I traveled down from Seattle for this show and I wasn't disappointed-in fact this was hands down the best Ben Harper show I've seen. From a historical standpoint, there's something about truly feeling the spirit of Ben's socially conscious songs on Berkeley's campus that created such a magical night. To me, Santana's legend is partly based on knowing exactly when to bust in with the sickest, most creative solos imaginable and his contribution to "Serve Your Soul" was no exception. I felt truly blessed to have witnessed this concert this past weekend it's given me the spiritual nourishment that we all need every so often. Come play for us in Seattle when you get back from Europe!

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That was one of the most amazing shows I have ever seen in my life. We drove down the coast from Calgary, Ab., Canada and that was by far the best part of the trip. Carlos Santana as a surprise!!! Need I say more. The jams Ben and Carlos laid down blew me away. Can't wait to see the Innocent Criminals at the next possible chance.

amy_tedesco78018's picture

Ben builds the energy of a song similar to how a Cone of Power is built up in a pagan ritual. It goes higher and higher and then more frenetic and then, boom! The ecstatic release of energy! I almost had to touch the cement in order to ground. Well done!

lightmeup's picture

Ridiculous show!
Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals are unbelievable musicians. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful show that I will brag about forever. Until we meet again my friends.

zachnasty's picture

This was surely the best BHIC show I've ever seen. Well I guess it was the best show I've ever seen, period.

jasmin_carmell52829's picture

Harper you are amazing!!! The show was awesome...a spiritual experience.

kaaekuahiwi328293's picture

Simply amazing!!!! I am still in awe of last night!!! you are amazing ben....and i love that your spirit is alive in everything you do!!!! great choice in songs....especially take my hand to start things off!!!!! thank you soooo much.....for the best night ever!!

shrade198725457's picture

Oh mann, this show was incredible, I couldn't believe my own eyes when I saw Ben and Carlos battling each other on the slide and guitar. Shittttt it was ridiculous. I even caught one of the drum sticks that was thrown in the crowd after the show! A M A Z I N G.

sbatyfish's picture

Wow. That was one SMOKING show. Ben, Carlos, Damian. Berkeley was definately one that will be remembered.

anonymous's picture

Simply amazing. Ben Harper & Carlos Santana! Are you kidding me?! I've been to so many shows this summer, but this was the cherry on top. The crowd was so awsome. I only wish that i was going to Saturday Night's show.

lorizook8234's picture

Amazing. I've never seen the Innocent Criminals live and had only heard a handful of studio and live songs. I narrowly missed some sort of free Ben Harper show at Jack London Square several years ago on my B-Day.

Last night was just beautiful - the range of age of audience members, the range of musical styles. Gorgeous melodic ballads. Revolution in the air. Carlos.......Ben's achingly beautiful and powerful vocals and guitar work. Drums, bass, kepboards, guitar. Perfect. Having spent a great deal of time at the Greek from the early 80s on, it was wonderful to be there dancing with my best friend Juliette! Thank you so much for a wonderful experience! Lori

paulshirk59212's picture

Brother Ben,

Thank you. Some generosity brought me out here from New York last minute, my good friend Eric flew up from LA, we met in front of the theatre and we felt great all night. The Lord brought a whole lot of family together last night through you and your friends.

I felt you - we were dancing and holding hands all night. Sugar!

Thank you.

Be well,


anonymous's picture

um... i'm leaving now for this concert... and then i'm going again tomorow night! am looking forward to a great show as always ben.