BEN HARPER & THE INNOCENT CRIMINALS will perform at Oakland's beautiful Fox Theater on August 17th!
Tickets are on sale NOW through the Fox Theater's official website, www.TheFoxOakland.com.
Special offer! A CD copy of Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals’ Call It What It Is (release date April 8 2016) is included with every order for this show. You will receive an email with instructions on how to receive your album following your purchase.
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About BEN HARPER & THE INNOCENT CRIMINALS:
It had been seven years since Ben Harper last played a show with the Innocent Criminals, so when the time came to reunite for a live tour in 2015, the band—percussionist Leon Mobley, bassist Juan Nelson, drummer Oliver Charles, keyboardist Jason Yates, and guitarist Michael Ward— quickly discovered that Harper had more in mind than simply revisiting the group's prodigious collection of hits. In fact, Harper had been quietly amassing material for a new record, Call It What It Is, and the first recording sessions were scheduled to begin even before the rehearsals for their triumphant four-night sold-out reunion run at the Fillmore in San Francisco.
Beginning with his 1994 debut, Welcome To The Cruel World, 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 singularly powerful songwriter and performer with range across multiple genres and an unmatched ability to blend the personal and political.
The new album is Harper’s second release for Stax Records. Perhaps most associated with icons like Booker T & The MGs, Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes, Stax is a seamless fit for Call It What It Is, due to its rich Civil Rights- era legacy and its dedication to spreading soul music in all its most powerful forms. Harper speaks reverently of the label, describing the honor and the privilege of calling it his home, and it's clear the history holds a special place in his heart as both a fan and an artist.The result is perhaps the proudest accomplishment of Harper's prodigious career."The time we took with this record has let me look it straight in the eyes and say that I gave everything I could to it and that it's exactly the way we intended it to be. To be able to say that we've left no stone unturned just feels great."
For the legions of Ben Harper fans that have been waiting eight years for a new album with the Innocent Criminals, it feels even better.