Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

When: Sat., June 13, 7 p.m. 2015

We spoke with two members of Ben Harper’s recently reunited band The Innocent Criminals, bassist Juan Nelson and drummer Oliver Charles. Bassists and drummers have a special relationship as the rhythm section of the band, so, naturally, we asked them about playing with each other for the first time. “Very early on, from basically the first rehearsal, Juan definitely took me under his wing,” Charles said. “From the moment I met him, my playing changed dramatically. He was more like a father figure. He had a lot of wisdom to give me back then, as a man and as a musician.” Juan on Oliver: “The chemistry thing, it can’t be denied. Oliver at the time [we hired him] was 18 years old, going on 19 years old. He had a lot of maturity about his playing. It made it really easy [to pick him]. We hit it off right away.”

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