Ben Harper

The Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool, Sept. 3

It was a true rock ’n’ roll show as the Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter took to the outdoor stage overlooking the Strip. Backed by his band, Relentless7, Harper offered his distinctive vocals and funkified jam sessions. The packed poolside crowd swayed in unison as the 41-year-old segued from his latest single, “Rock ’n’ Roll is Free,” into “Diamonds on the Inside” before breaking into the soft and elegant “Masterpiece,” one of a few new tracks performed. After a quick break following “Amen Omen,” Harper returned to proclaim “this is the best time in Vegas I’ve ever had,” which may have been true for the fans as well. He then proceeded to reveal a few surprises up his sleeve: back-to-back covers of Led Zeppelin’s “No Quarter” and Neil Young’s “Ohio.” Seemingly ready to call it a night after jamming to “Better Way,” Harper motioned for one more guitar and asked for fan participation on his newest song, “Better Than I Deserve,” one that served as a thank you to the crowd. In the end, the gratitude goes to Harper for the reminder that rock ’n’ roll is alive and well.

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