Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

UBCFA Presents

October 7, 2023
7:30 p.m.

Center for the Arts
Mainstage Theatre

Tickets: $49, $70, $75, $103

UB Students, Faculty, Staff
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Beginning with his 1994 debut, "Welcome To The Cruel World," Ben Harper released a string of eight studio albums over a decade and a half. This extraordinary run, featuring contributions from the Innocent Criminals, established him as a powerful singer-songwriter, musician, and producer with a range across multiple genres and an unmatched ability to blend the personal and political.

As an acclaimed performer, Harper has collaborated with artists such as Jack Johnson, Ringo Starr, Keith Richards, and Harry Styles. He holds three GRAMMY Awards for his ground-breaking work, with his most recent nomination being his album, "Bloodline Maintenance." With over sixteen albums and over 15 million records sold, Harper prides himself on creating music that embodies bravery, honesty, brilliance, and social justice.

Rolling Stone hailed his "jewels of unique and exquisitely tender rock and roll," while Entertainment Weekly praised his "casual profundity," and Billboard said his music "reminds us of the power and beauty of simplicity."

Massive, international sold-out tours, Top 10 debuts in the US, Gold and Platinum certifications overseas, and a slew of TV appearances cemented Harper and the band's status as genuine global stars.

Harper has announced his new studio album, “Wide Open Light”, to be released on June 2 via Chrysalis Records, and begins touring this summer. 

Harper describes WIDE OPEN LIGHT as a family of songs he's written where each track is a close relative to the next. It's deliberately minimalist, and the songs themselves do as much of the heavy lifting as the production. "There was once a time when albums didn't need an adjacent story or fable. When the songs were enough," Ben says. "I'm excited to return to this."

The new single "Yard Sale," Ben explains, "follows a man through the final blurred stages of a breakup. With each passing verse, the couple grows further beyond reach or repair. By the song's end, he's more confused than when the song began."

Harper appears in the new AppleTV+ series "Extrapolations," a fictional drama based in the near future when the effects of climate change have become embedded in our daily lives. The limited series features an all-star cast including Daveed Diggs, David Schwimmer, Edward Norton, Forest Whitaker, Gemma Chan, Heather Graham, Meryl Streep, Tobey Maguire, Yara Shahidi, and many more.

As a 3x-GRAMMY-winner, Harper has amassed international critical applause and a worldwide fan following for his own genre-traversing body of work while also producing acclaimed albums by Mavis Staples, Rickie Lee Jones, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Natalie Maines, Ziggy Marley, and others. An inveterate collaborator, Harper has also recorded with a diverse span of artists ranging from John Lee Hooker, Charlie Musselwhite, to Ringo Starr, Keith Richards, and, most recently, Harry Styles, to contribute his signature guitar work to the superstar's chart-topping album, HARRY'S HOUSE. Harper joined Styles for an astounding 12 nights of performances at The Kia Forum in Los Angeles this past fall.

Harper has recently been featured on CBS Mornings, ABC News, Forbes, SPIN and Variety, to name a few. 

The Jack Moves will provide support.

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