Ben Harper- Solo
In a very special treat for Ben Harper fans, not only will the Bluesfest favourite be coming to the Festival with his band, but he will also be performing a second show- a solo acoustic show on Good Friday. Ben has just wrapped up his first ever solo acoustic Australian tour in which he had to add a fourth show at the Opera House due to the high demand for tickets. The tour received rave reviews;
“It’s one man, 15 instruments and an abundance of mind-blowing moments” tonedeaf.com
For those not so familiar with this legendary performer, Ben Harper is a musician, artist, and activist. Whether the soul of southern Gospel, 70s funk, blues, reggae, or straightforward rock and roll, Harper and his trademark Weissenborn guitar have been stunning audiences with incendiary live performances and timeless songwriting.
Harper continues to innovate his craft as a songwriter, performer, and producer. He has released 10 acclaimed studio albums since 1994 – including Give Till It’s Gone, which debuted at No. 15 on The Billboard 200 in 2011 and was hailed by Rolling Stone as “his most searingly personal album” – and three live records. These releases combined with an unceasing commitment to international touring have helped Harper grow a fan base that now spans several continents. After spending the summer on the road with his band, Harper will launch his first-ever acoustic headline tour in September.
A collaborator by nature, Harper has recorded and performed with a long list of artists including Ringo Starr, Pearl Jam, Jackson Browne, Charlie Musselwhite, Tom Morello, Rickie Lee Jones, Taj Mahal, Jack Johnson and Vanessa da Mata. His album with the Blind Boys of Alabama, There Will Be A Light, earned two GRAMMY® awards for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album.
At Bluesfest we can’t get enough of Ben Harper and we are thrilled to welcome him for his solo set on Good Friday 29 March. It will be one wonderful journey not to be missed.
(Already announced previously: Ben Harper performing with Band on Thursday 28 March)