Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Grammy® Award Winner BEN HARPER Announces Philadelphia Stop Part of First Acoustic Solo Tour, Oct. 3

MARCH 21, 2012

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Presents in Association with Live Nation

Tickets on Sale, Friday March 23

After spending the summer on the road with his band, two time Grammy Award-winning musician, songwriter, producer and activist Ben Harper kicks off his first-ever acoustic solo headlining tour with a performance at the Merriam Theater on October 3, 2012 at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale to the public on Monday, March 12 at 10 a.m. The evening’s lineup includes songs from throughout his career – from his 1994 debut, Welcome to the Cruel World, to his latest album, 2011’s Give Till It’s Gone. Tickets on sale to the public, Friday, March 23 at 12 p.m.

Ever since his acclaimed acoustic performance at the inaugural Bonnaroo Music Festival in 2002, Harper has been besieged by fan requests for this kind of intimate outing. The fall tour begins on September 4 at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Va. and concludes just days after Harper’s Philadelphia show with a concert at New York City’s Carnegie Hall on October 10, marking the artist’s first performance at the legendary venue.

Tickets for Ben Harper are available at $35 to $55, and can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office located on Broad and Spruce streets, Philadelphia, Pa. (open daily from 10am to 6pm, later on performance evenings).

Ben Harper is a musician, songwriter, 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. A collaborator by nature, Harper has recorded and performed with a long list of artists including Ringo Starr, Pearl Jam, Jackson Browne, Tom Morello, 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.

Give Till It’s Gone, Harper’s 10th studio album and first solo record since 2006’s Both Sides of the Gun, debuted at No. 15 on The Billboard 200 and charted in the Top 10 in Australia, France, Italy and Switzerland. Rolling Stone called it “his most searingly personal album” in a three-and-a-half star review. “The heartbreak on Give Till It's Gone is savage and genuine,” said Entertainment Weekly, awarding it an “A-,” while praised his “devastatingly heartrending ballads.”

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 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.


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