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A very special concert!

Ben Harper and Relentless7 at Métropolis!

Montreal, Monday, March 23, 2009 - Few artists move from style to style with the ease of the explosive Ben Harper, who’s traded in his Innocent Criminals to bring new band Relentless7 to Métropolis this Tuesday, May 12 at 8 p.m.! Ben Harper and Relentless7 bring the real American rock to Montreal fans as part of the 9th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal’s Jazz All Year Round series presented by General Motors. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, March 28 at noon.

He’s thrown his hat into the ring just about everywhere Montreal has a stage, from an opening-act slot at the Spectrum to île Sainte-Hélène, from Theatre St-Denis to the Bell Centre. This time, Harper pulls into Métropolis for one night only with a fantastic new show, ready to reconnect with his huge Montreal fan base! Friends since the late ’90s, Ben Harper and guitarist Jason Mozersky got tight with drummer Jordan Richardson and bassist Jesse Ingalls in 2005, during the recording of a track for the excellent Both Sides of the Gun, giving birth to Relentless7. In early May, Harper is set to release White Lies for Dark Times, a resolutely rocking and timeless 9th album. Bristling with the energy of a hungry, newly-formed group, but reflecting first and foremost the immense experience and melodic depth of the artist, this latest work fuses intensity and power in touching and spellbinding new songs. Rest assured, fans will have to be relentless as well, because tickets for this special concert will go fast!

A non-profit corporation, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal enters the 9th consecutive year of its mission to develop and promote jazz and its related musics, reinvesting its surplus in special concerts as part of the Jazz All-Year Round series. With the support of public partners, specifically the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) and the Canadian Heritage minister, the Festival can offer Montrealers and visitors the pleasure of living to the rhythm of jazz all year ‘round! The Festival also recognizes the support of Bell, our partner in the series, as well as the Hyatt Regency Montréal, official hotel of the Jazz All-Year Round series.

Tickets go on sale this Saturday, March 28 at noon

Tickets for the Ben Harper and Relentless7 concert go on sale this Saturday at noon. They will be available at Métropolis (59 Ste, Catherine Street East) and from Ticketpro-ticketpro.ca, 514 908‑9090 or 1 866 908‑9090. For more information, call the Bell Info-Jazz Line at 514-871‑1881, toll-free at 1-888-515‑0515 or visit montrealjazzfest.com.

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