Thursday, December 13

tonight: soul man

From Chronicle arts and entertainment editor Elliott Johnston:

Baby boomers have been telling us for years that Woodstock ruled, but damned if they can remember it. Why is it, then, that a load of us nonboomers know precise details about the 1969 hippies-coming-out-of-the-closet fest, particularly that Richie Havens’ marathon opening set was quite possibly the most inspired music of the weekend (save the Hendrix performance), especially when he morphed an already fiery blast of “Motherless Child” into an unhinged, impromptu chant of “Freedom.”

Havens has been full-speed ahead ever since, packing more soul and intensity into his solo acoustic performances than many can muster with amps all cranked up. Recently he’s been prepping his 27th album, Nobody Left to Crown, and guesting on the fab new Dylan-tribute movie and soundtrack, I’m Not There.

Havens plays tonight at the Boulder Theater. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $23.50 for general admission and $29.50 for reserved seating.

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