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Grammy Award Winner Ben Harper in Concert at Pomona College on Nov. 6

Ben Harper

Two-time Grammy Award-winning blues, gospel, roots and R&B musician Ben Harper will return to his native Claremont to perform an acoustic concert at Pomona College on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 8 p.m. in Bridges Auditorium (450 N. College Way, Claremont). Harper, who grew up in Claremont, owns the Folk Music Center in the Claremont Village, having purchased it from his grandparents who founded it in 1976.

The critically acclaimed artist and his trademark Weissenborn guitar have toured the globe since his 1994 debut Welcome to the Cruel World, which was certified gold in sales in Australia and Canada and platinum in France. In 2003, French Rolling Stone magazine named him artist of the year.

Earlier this year, Harper and harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite released Get Up!, Harper’s 12th studio album, which features 10 vivid musical character studies, all written or co-written by Harper. In a recent review, USA Today said of Get Up!, “Harper gets the essence of the blues when he laments, ‘You found another lover, I lost another friend’ against Musselwhite's harmonica. It strikes a chord that's tense, urgent and weary.” People magazine writes, “Harper and the harmonicist make a righteously bluesy twosome, digging into rootsy originals that feel gritted up from decades of dirt and dust.”

Harper won Grammys for Best Pop Instrumental Performance (11th Commandment) and Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album (There Will Be A Light) in 2005.

Harper’s upcoming November concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall is sold out. In April, he and Musselwhite performed for President Obama and the First Lady as part of the “In Performance at the White House” series.

Tickets range from $30-$65 and are available for purchase at www.pomona.edu/bridges or at (909) 607-1139, or at the Bridges Box Office, Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, contact: kathleen.etter@pomona.edu.