Ben Harper & The Relentless 7 Rock the TLA
The Henry Clay people opened up for Ben Harper and the Relentless 7. This band without a doubt rocked the stage at the TLA May 9th 2009. Lead singer Joey, younger brother and lead guitarist Andy Siara, Jonathan Price on bass and Mike Hopkins on the drums.
Henry Clay People are an alternative rock band and really know their music. Coming from the ground up they’ve been rocking out, and after quitting their part time jobs have just been signed to finish out the tour with Ben and the relentless 7.
During their performance they dominated the stage with a song named “This Ain’t a Scene,” an incredibly powerful performance. “Something in the Water” was rock and roll with an alternative twist, which was a delight to listen to. The symbolic song, “Part Time Jobs” followed and the band was loving jamming to their newly signed tour.
After thanking Philadelphia for “being so awesome,” Henry Clay People cleared the stage for Ben Harper and the Relentless 7.
Ben Harper is long time music man with a background in the sounds ranging from blues to jazz, alternative folk and reggae. Ben has now joined up in a new band with Jason Mozersky on the guitar, Jesse Ingals on bass, Jordan Richardson on drums, and of course Ben Harper as lead singer/guitar. The rest of the Relentless 7 really draws out the rock and roll of Ben Harper, and together make the stage their own.
They opened the night off with a song pulled from the past “Good time’s bad times,” originally done by the great Led Zeppelin and jammed their way through to a slow paced new song “Spanish Red Wine.” BHR7 lit the stage up next with another respectable cover “Under Pressure,” originally done by Queen and David Bowie.
The song that took control of the show however was without a doubt “Boots like These.” It was during this when Ben armed with only a tambourine and maracas charged across the stage leaping off the drum riser igniting the crowd into a cheering frenzy.
“Ben Harpers music is the inspiration to mine and Susan’s’ souls,” says fellow fan Rebecca Zimmerman which is exactly how the mood of the night was.
It was obvious that this band had the crowd at their mercy and enjoyed every second that they were performing on stage.