Band: Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Little Mae
Date: Saturday, April 29, with doors at 7 p.m.
Venue: Soul Kitchen, 219 Dauphin St.,
Tickets: $47.50 advance /$53 day of show, available at venue, its website, Mellow Mushroom (West and Midtown) or by calling 1-866-77-8932

Soul Kitchen has grown into a venue where music fans can experience arena/festival-level bands in a relatively small environment. Last week, Soul Kitchen debuted Spoon on its stage, and now this local music hall is preparing for Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals’ Azalea City debut.

Harper will be performing cuts from his catalog, including his latest album, “Call It What It Is.” This multi-instrumentalist and his band glide freely through a number of genres and even mix a few. From progressive blues to rock ‘n’ roll, Harper’s musical formula continues to be fresh and impressive.

While the group sounds great in the studio, their recordings can’t compare to a live interpretation. From fiery lap-steel slides to adrenalized extended jams, Harper’s live show will provide a different context for newcomers.