Amongst his contemporaries, Harper belongs to a small club that still recognizes the importance of returning to one's roots, ie small, intimate venues. Thank God.
Ben Harper's quickly scheduled and barely publicized show at the Supper Club got started early and ended late. The singer/songwriter played a blistering three-hour set of his trademark hard-nosed rock, reggae-infused blues, and acoustic folk. Amongst his contemporaries, Harper belongs to a small club that still recognizes the importance of returning to one's roots. One-off shows in small venues like this reward the fans who have been with Harper since the beginning -- even if such appearances are fewer and further between since he's begun to prosper in the mainstream. The show was pretty hush-hush, as Ben Harper club members were the first to be able to snag tickets, getting there's before a blitzing of Ticketmaster left the show sold out and Craigslist's auction block blowing up. Harper and his Criminals bask in warm green and purple lights as they stand above five knit-woven carpets with distinct, eye-pleasing Mexcian patterns. The set is comprised of many of Harper's famous soft ballads alongside some harder material, many pulled from his recently released double LP Both Sides of the Gun.