Claremont Village is home to a variety of shops, restaurants and boutiques. Among the many local spots, the Folk Music Center is a true gem. The Center holds classes and workshops, sells an eclectic mix of unique instruments and musical paraphernalia, and hosts monthly Open Mic Nights. Manager Ellen Chase-Verdries is warm, friendly and helpful. What’s more, her son is none other than singer-songwriter Ben Harper.
A bit about Ben: Ben Harper plays an eclectic mix of soul, blues, rock, reggae and folk music. Additionally, he has spot-on comedic timing and incredible instrumental skills. Basically, he’s beyond talented.
Several days ago, Ben Harper returned to Claremont for a homecoming concert.
Held at Pomona College’s Bridges Auditorium, the concert consisted of Ben Harper, his guitar and a microphone. Throughout the concert, Ben Harper performed songs about heartbreak, relationships and life, interspersed with personal anecdotes. With comfortable seats and brilliant lighting, Bridges Auditorium was the ideal venue for such a concert. The great acoustics and beautiful interior décor of Bridges enhanced the emotional experience of seeing Ben Harper live. The majority of audience members were moved to tears at various moments throughout the concert. Overall, Ben Harper’s concert was mind-blowingly amazing. The fact that Claremont is home to this luminary is a definite blessing.