Thursday 8/18: Ben Harper – Bloodline Maintenance
This new album is a work largely inspired by the loss of a longtime friend and the lingering influence of a mercurial and charismatic father. It continues Harper’s long history as one of his generation’s most potent protest singers. Persecuted by local authorities for being a communist, his grandfather moved his family west where their music store, the Folk Music Center and Museum in Claremont, CA, proved a vital hub in a thriving Southern California folk scene. There, Harper learned guitar as a child.