Singer/songwriter, musician, and activist performs a concert featuring an eclectic mix of blues, folk, soul, reggae and rock music, plus special guest Fitz And The Tantrums. Presented by Nederlander Concerts.
When: Saturday, June 30, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
Where: S.B. Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St., Santa Barbara
Cost: $43 - $52
Age limit: Not available
Ben Harper is a musician, artist, and activist. Whether it’s through 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 ten acclaimed studio albums since 1994 and three live albums. These releases, combined with an unceasing commitment to international touring, has helped Harper grow a fan base that now spans several continents. A collaborator by nature, Harper has recorded and performed with a long list of artists including Ringo Starr, Pearl Jam, Jackson Browne, Rickie Lee Jones, Taj Mahal, Jack Johnson and Vanessa De Matta. 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. In their sound, as heard on their latest release Pickin’ Up The Pieces, and on the stage, Fitz and the
Tantrums are nothing but professionals, and never less than classy. Enter the Tantrums, Fitz’s airtight ensemble keeping it real like it’s 1969. Funky drummer John Wicks is a Motown B-side aficionado and prolific session player, Jeremy Ruzumna manned the keyboards and was musical director for Macy Gray. James King backed De La Soul and bassist Joseph Karnes is a well sought after session player. Then there’s Noelle Scaggs, the powerful voice behind Fitz’s croons. Make no mistake, Scaggs is not just there for “doo-wops” and handclaps. She shimmies and flirts, she stokes the crowd and simmers them down, and she has no qualms about keeping Fitz in check.
Event posted March 8, 2012
Last updated March 8, 2012