Aug 5, 2013


Who: Ben Harper

Where: Marion Oliver McCaw Hall

When: November 12, 2013

Tickets: Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, August 9 at 10:00 am and can be purchased at the KeyArena Box Office, Ticketmaster outlets,, or charge by phone toll free at (800) 745-3000. All tickets subject to applicable service charges and fees.

What: Ben Harper will kick off an acoustic tour this fall which will include at stop at McCaw Hall on November 12. The GRAMMY winner will be performing songs spanning his 20-year career, from his 1994 debut, Welcome to the Cruel World, to his latest #1 album, Get Up! The West Coast run will wrap up with his first performance at Los Angeles’ Disney Hall (November 18) – follows his first-ever acoustic headline tour, a sold-out East Coast outing that included his lauded debut at Carnegie Hall last fall.

Pre-sale tickets are available at 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 6, at, while general public tickets go on sale Friday, August 9. Visit for the full tour itinerary.

Harper is enjoying one of the best years of his long career. Get Up! debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues chart and has spent 24 of the last 28 weeks in the Top 10. On the new album, he teamed with legendary harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite to create a bracing 10-track song-cycle released by Stax Records/Concord Music Group. A striking mix of blues, gospel, roots and R&B, the album was entirely written or co-written by Harper, with Musselwhite’s counterpoint harmonica accentuating Harper’s vocals.

Harper – a musician, songwriter, producer and activist – has released eleven acclaimed studio albums and three live records since 1994. These albums combined with an unceasing commitment to international touring have helped him grow a fan base that now spans several continents. Whether it’s through the soul of southern Gospel, 70s funk, blues, reggae, or straightforward rock and roll, Harper and his trademark Weissenborn guitar continue to stun audiences with incendiary live performances and timeless songwriting. A collaborator by nature, Harper has recorded and performed with a long list of artists including Natalie Maines, Rickie Lee Jones, Ringo Starr, Pearl Jam, Jackson Browne, Tom Morello, Taj Mahal, Jack Johnson and Vanessa De Matta. His album with the Blind Boys of Alabama, There Will Be A Light, earned two GRAMMY awards for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album.

About Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
Part of Seattle Center and home to the internationally acclaimed Seattle Opera and Pacific Northwest Ballet, McCaw Hall is a state-of-the-art performing art center and premier special event venue. Each year McCaw Hall hosts over 300 events in the Susan Brotman Auditorium, Nesholm Family Lecture Hall and an attractive range of lobby and reception spaces.

About Seattle Center
Since its beginning 50 years ago, Seattle Center has served as an arts, civic and family gathering place in the core of our region. The more than 30 cultural, educational, sports and entertainment organizations residing on the 74-acre campus, together with a broad range of public and community programs, create nearly 5,000 events attracting 12 million visitors each year. At Seattle Center, our purpose is to create exceptional events, experiences and environments that delight and inspire the human spirit to build stronger communities. Activities at the Center generate $1.15 billion in business activity and $387 million in labor income.