Fifty thousand fans dancing in the sunshine of Manchester, Tennessee cheered on funk/folk superstar Ben Harper during his main-stage performance at the 2007 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. The largest featured in Season 1 of Live from the Artists Den, the concert took place on the 700-acre farm that for four days each year becomes the home of what is widely considered to be the premier American music festival.
Fifty thousand fans dancing in the sunshine of Manchester, Tennessee cheered on funk/folk superstar Ben Harper during his main-stage performance.
One of music’s most innovative modern bluesmen, Ben Harper has also grown into one of its most dynamic live performers. A native of Pomona, California, and raised on eclectic tastes in his parents’ instrument shop, he first hit the stage as an adolescent troubadour, and has since grown into an internationally recognized concert draw. Bolstered by his band, the Innocent Criminals, he is now considered among his generation’s essential voices. Harper has gone on to win three Grammy Awards, and continues to make music and engage in global activism.
The Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival is a four-day, multi-stage camping festival held on a beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee every June. Bonnaroo (a Cajun slang word meaning “a really good time”) brings together some of the best performers in rock and roll, along with dozens of artists in complementary styles such as jazz, Americana, hip-hop, electronica, and just about any contemporary music you can think of. In addition to dozens of epic performances, the festival’s 100-acre entertainment village buzzes around the clock with attractions and activities including a classic arcade, on-site cinema, silent disco, comedy club, theater performers, a beer festival, and a music technology village. For its peaceful vibe, near-flawless logistics, and unrivaled entertainment options, Rolling Stone named this revolutionary entertainment experience one of the 50 moments that changed the history of rock and roll. From its inception, Bonnaroo instantly became the signature summer music event in America. Photography courtesy of C. Taylor Crothers for Artists Den Entertainment