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Richie Havens

Richie Havens is gifted with one of the most recognizable voices in popular music. His fiery, poignant, always-soulful singing style has remained unique and ageless since he first emerged from the Greenwich Village folk scene in the early 1960s. For three decades, Havens has used his music to convey messages of brotherhood and personal freedom. With over 20 albums released and a rigorous touring schedule, he continues to view his calling as a high one.

Havens played the 1966 Newport Folk Festival; the 1967 Monterey Jazz Festival; the January 1968 Woody Guthrie Memorial Concert at Carnegie Hall; the December 1968 Miami Pop Festival; the 1969 Isle of Wight Festival; and, of course, the 1969 Woodstock festival in upstate New York. Havens' Woodstock appearance proved to be a major turning point in his career. As the festival's opening act, he held the multitudes spellbound for nearly three hours. Called back for yet another encore, he improvised a song based on the old spiritual "Motherless Child" that became "Freedom," which eventually reached an audience of millions.

See Richie Havens at the Sheridan Opera House, 8 p.m.

Reserved Seating: $38/$43 

General Admission (STANDING): $28

 

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