This past Saturday Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals lit up the Blast Stage at the Sloss Furnace Music and Arts Festival in Birmingham, Ala. Harper’s set began before sundown and lasted until after dark. I’ve always loved watching outdoor music at this time of the day. In photography it's called the "golden hour." That's when the light and shadows are softened by the setting sun. The experience of hearing the music and sensing the slow fade of daylight as the stage lights begin to light up the night never gets old. This was my first time to hear Ben Harper live and I must admit I’ve never really heard any of his music aside from the pop hit “Steal My Kisses.” By chance Harper and his band were playing on the Blast Stage, the stage that offered the best spot to make an overview photograph of the stage, the crowd and the setting sun. After making that photo I moved closer to the stage for some closeups. Just as I reached the closest point I could get to the stage Harper and his band launched into their anthem “Better Way.” Please enjoy a gallery of images below of Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals at Sloss Fest 2016. Also, below is a Youtube link to a live performance of “Better Way.”
Michael E. Palmer is a writer and photographer based in Alabama.
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