UPC to bring Ben Harper and the Relentless7

UPC recently announced this semester’s concert, Ben Harper and the Relentless7. The concert will be held on April 29, 2009, which is the last day of class. Auburn students will be able to attend the show at no cost, and ticket information will be available soon.

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Harper is an American Grammy-winner singer and songwriter. Born in 1969, he grew up listening to blues, folk, R & B and reggae with idols like Boy Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley. This year, he will also be performing at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

Harper began working with Virgin Records in 1992 and released his debut album, “Welcome to the Cruel World” two years later. “Flight for Your Mind,” which was released in 2005, was his first record to reach gold status.

Harper’s musical career reached new heights in 2000 when he recorded “Steal My Kisses.” The track landed him two headlining world tours and an opening spot on Dave Mathews Band’s 2000 summer tour. He began experimenting with different musical textures, and was named 2003’s “Artist of the Year” by the French branch of Rolling Stone.

In spring 2001, Harper released “Live from Mars,” a double disc of live electric and acoustic material from the previous year’s tour featuring Led Zeppelin, the Verve and Marvin Gaye. After recording “Diamonds on the Inside,” he did a European tour with the Blind Boys of Alabama in 2004. When the tour was over, the two groups collaborated on the Capital Records album, “There Will Be Light” and later released the concert CD/ DVD package “Live at the Apollo.”

He returned to work with The Innocent Criminals, and the group’s March 2006 album, “Both Sides of the Gun,” reached number seven on Billboard album charts and rose to number one in Australia. During the record tour, the group worked on several songs in between shows and recorded albums “Lifeline” and “Live at Twist and Shout Records,” which were released in 2007.

Harper says the artist's longtime band, the Innocent Criminals, has not broken up and that he simply wanted to try something different this time around.

Ben Harper debuted with the Relentless7 at a “get the vote out” show on October 29, 2008 that was led by the Beastie Boys. They began touring again in December. Last month, the group released their first single, “Shimmer and Shine.” They have been working with Virgin Records on their new album, “White Lies for Dark Times,” which is set to be released in May.

Group members include Ben Harper backed by guitarist Jason Mozersky as well as drummer Jordan Richardson and bassist Jesse Ingall, who belong to the Los Angeles based band, Oliver Future.

Along with the UPC concert, Ben Harper and the Relentless7 will be performing the following upcoming shows:

04.09.09 - Metro Theatre Sydney, NSW, Australia
04.11.09 - East Coast Blues & Roots Music Festival Byron Bay, NSW, Australia
04.13.09 - East Coast Blues & Roots Music Festival Byron Bay, NSW, Australia
04.21.09 - Le Printemps de Bourges Bourges, France
04.30.09 - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival New Orleans, LA, USA
05.25.09 - Sasquatch Music Festival George, WA, USA
06.13.09 - Bonnaroo Music Festival Manchester, TN, USA
06.19.09 - Southside Festival Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany
06.20.09 - Hurricane Festival Scheessel, Germany

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