Ben Harper's acoustic tour

Renowned musician goes solo for Auckland gig

BRIDGET JONES
Last updated 09:11 02/07/2012
Ben Harper
AUCKLAND BOUND: Ben Harper is embarking on his first acoustic tour.

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Regular visitor to these shores Ben Harper is heading back to New Zealand in November for his first ever acoustic tour.

An Evening with Ben Harper will mark the American musician's first full, solo performances since he performed at the inaugural Bonnaroo Music Festival in the US in 2002.

Harper, a renowned musician, songwriter, producer and activist, is well-known for combining the sounds of soul, blues, reggae, gospel and funk.

Over a career spanning 18 years, he has not only release 10 studio albums of his own, but also worked alongside Ringo Starr, Pearl Jam and Jack Johnson, and in 2005 he won a Grammy Award for his album with the Blind Boys of Alabama.

Harper is a vocal fan of New Zealand.  He has extensive traditional Maori moko tattoos and has performed here numerous times.

The two New Zealand dates add to an already busy November for music fans, with shows by Radiohead, The Black Keys, Grizzly Bear, Mumford and Sons and Coldplay already scheduled.

An Evening with Ben Harper

November 3 - Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington
November 5 - ASB Theatre, Auckland

Tickets from Ticketek and The Edge from July 11, with pre-sales starting July 6.

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