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April 24, 2013
Ken Fink
I saw Ritchie Havens 7 times that I can remember in 4 different cities starting in the 70's. His music actually got better with age, and in my opinion he became a learned master of life and passed that on in his performances. His presence was something that could not be taught. In the 70s he would play at Applejacks in Jacksonville, and I would leave work in middle of day in coat and tie try to reserve the front row center table in advance.

I saw one of his more recent performances in front of a hard drinking crowd, not the Greenwich village coffee house crowd that would be associated with Ritchie . At the beginning, only about 1/2 the people were listening at all most were talking and drinking By the end a couple of hours later, the transformed audience had been mesmerized, drinks had been holstered, and one could hear a pin drop as he sang
acapallo.

He was genuinely appreciative of the people that showed up to hear him play .I saw him often with my loved ones, wanting them to have a Ritchie Havens experience. He performed with the panache of a wise man, and at the same time moved his audience through his music which could be fiery as well as mellow. ." Freedom" was his entry into the music world and he stirred in each of us our need for freedom.
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