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Ben Harper

Beginning with his 1994 debut Welcome to the Cruel World, Harper released a string of 16 studio albums over two and a half decades. This extraordinary run established him as a singularly powerful songwriter and performer with range across multiple genres and an unmatched ability to blend the personal and political.

The accolades poured in—Rolling Stone hailed his “jewels of unique and exquisitely tender rock & roll,” while Entertainment Weekly praised his “casual profundity,” and Billboard said his music “reminds us of the power and beauty of simplicity.” International sold-out tours, Top 10 debuts in the United States, Gold and Platinum certifications overseas, and a slew of TV appearances have cemented Harper’s status as a genuine global star.

If you can, show your love for the arts by purchasing an “Advocate” ticket; the additional ticket cost directly benefits Krannert Center.

Tickets for this event will go on sale to the public at 10am on Tuesday, August 31. Tickets will be sold online only, not by phone or at the Ticket Office counter. Before the on-sale date, please visit Krannert Center’s online ticket office to ensure you have or can create an active account. To learn about early ticket-buying opportunities, please contact Krannert Center’s Advancement team: 217.333.6700 or advancement [at] krannertcenter.illinois.edu.

As part of the University of Illinois, Krannert Center follows U of I guidelines regarding face coverings and other COVID-19 safety protocols. These guidelines change as conditions change, so we will continue to adjust our practices and keep you informed throughout the season. At this time, face coverings are required in indoor university spaces such as Krannert Center. In addition, people who are NOT fully vaccinated are required to wear a face covering outdoors when they cannot practice social distancing.

We kindly ask that you please leave large bags/purses at home or in your car rather than bringing them into the theatres.

Festival Eats
Because of staffing changes resulting from the pandemic, Intermezzo cafe is closed for the festival, but snacks and beverages are available at Stage 5 Bar. Please wear a mask unless you are actively eating or drinking. No eating or drinking is permitted in lines or inside Foellinger Great Hall, Tryon Festival Theatre, or Colwell Playhouse.

Friday, September 17
Stage 5 Bar: 4pm-11:30pm
Beer and Wine Bar: 5pm-8pm

Saturday, September 18
Stage 5 Bar: 11am-11:30pm
Beer and Wine Bar: 7pm-9pm

Snacks
Hummus and Pita snack box with vegetables
Assorted cheese and summer sausage snack box with crackers
Popcorn
Gardetto’s snack mix
Mixed nuts with fruit
Cookie

Did you know that 14 cafes and restaurants are located within two blocks of Krannert Center? Please visit these neighborhood partners during the festival and beyond!

Timpone’s
The Bread Company
Espresso Royale Coffee
Manolo’s Pizza & Empanadas
KoFusion Urbana
4th Quarter Nutrition
Rosati’s Pizzeria
Basil Thai at Urbana
Subway
Caffé Bene
Tenko Tea
Bab Plus Korean Restaurant

Patron Sponsors

  • A. Mark Neuman
  • Jill & James Quisenberry

Patron Co-sponsors

  • Frances & Marc Ansel in memory of George Perlstein

Corporate and Community Gold Sponsor

  • The Whip at Backland Radio dot com

Corporate and Community Silver Sponsors

  • CUMTD
  • Kessler Optical

Corporate and Community Bronze Sponsors

  • The Blind Man Hunter Douglas Gallery
  • Carter’s Furniture
  • Smile Politely

Grants

The Augustine Foundation provides continued substantial support for ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival.

ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival is possible because of individual donations and corporate sponsorships. Krannert Center thanks all Patron Sponsors and Corporate and Community Sponsors—performances at the Center could not happen without their support.

If you would like to make a gift today, you can visit our giving page to learn more about the various ways you can support Krannert Center. If you are interested in sponsoring an upcoming performance, please email the Krannert Center Advancement team. Your continued support enables the Center to strengthen and enrich the community through the performing arts as we reopen our doors this season. Thank you.

Event Details

Foellinger Great Hall
Fr Sep 17, 2021 - 9:00pm CT
Advocate 75 / Standard 40 / SC 35 / STU 15 / UI & YTH 10 (Due to accessibility-related construction, tickets for Foellinger Great Hall balcony seating are not available at this time.)