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Broadway Center presents

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

Opening Act: Hey King!

Friday, July 21, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Pantages Theater
Tickets: $55, $75, $99, $129
A musician, songwriter, guitarist, producer and activist, Ben Harper has released 14 studio albums and three live albums since 1994. In 2013, his collaboration with Charlie Musselwhite, Get Up!, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues chart and spent 24 weeks in the Top 10. It won a Best Blues Album Grammy for Harper and harmonica master Musselwhite. Harper’s albums, combined with an unceasing commitment to international touring, have helped him grow a fan base that spans several continents.
Hey, King! is a triumphant and raucous indie rock band led with childlike wonder by couple Natalie London (writer, vocals, multi-instrumentalist) and Taylor Plecity (vocals).

In the midst of an exciting music career, a critical illness left London bedridden for over three years. She lost ability to walk, talk, read and write, spending her early twenties fighting for years to regain even the most basic skills. Her debut memoir “Lyme Light” 2014 was narrated by Natasha Lyonne (Orange is the New Black) and received critical acclaim from such icons as Roseanne Barr and Tori Spelling. Finally physically capable of playing music again, London created Hey, King! influenced by artists such as Sufjan Stevens, Bright Eyes, and Edward Sharpe, and full of imagery grounded in her rare true life chance at a brand new life. When actor Taylor Plecity and London fell in love two years later, the lines between art and life were blurred as the two imbued Hey, King! with a new layer of genuine love.

In a late summer evening in 2016, London and Plecity sat down in a living room and played music for Ben Harper who changed their lives forever. Spending six months off and on recording together, Harper produced Hey, King!’s forthcoming E.P. adding his undeniable touch to every instrument and every track; collaborating with London on arrangements, laying down his irreplaceable slide guitar, and playing everything from the harmonium to the hammer-dulcimer. Awaiting the highly anticipated release of their collaboration, Hey, King! hits the road this summer as opener for Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals.

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