Music: REVIEW Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

by Megan Waldrep

Six years since the original members have played together and they made up for lost time with an explosive performance at the Santa Barbara Bowl on September 19th, 2015.

Brown Eyes Blue, Burn One Down, Welcome to the Cruel World, Sexual Healing, and Steal My Kisses among others had the crowd jammin’, breathless, and wanting more.

Keyboardist Jason Yates summed it up when he launched off his piano during Woman in You – A show the band and audience won’t soon forget.

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Power to the people. Ben Harper showing mad love to the crowd. Photo: Santa Barbara Sentinel, Santa Barbara Bowl 9/19/2105. Photo by Megan Waldrep
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Ben Harper. Photo: Santa Barbara Sentinel, Santa Barbara Bowl 9/19/2105. Photo by Megan Waldrep
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Photo: Santa Barbara Sentinel, Santa Barbara Bowl 9/19/2105. Photo by Megan Waldrep
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Juan Nelson keeping time on the bass. Photo: Santa Barbara Sentinel, Santa Barbara Bowl 9/19/2105. Photo by Megan Waldrep
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Calm before the storm. Jason Yates at home on the keys. Photo: Santa Barbara Sentinel, Santa Barbara Bowl 9/19/2105. Photo by Megan Waldrep


Megan Waldrep is a freelance writer and columnist for the Santa Barbara Sentinel. She also writes under the pen name Elizabeth Rose for a dating column called I Heart.

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