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Richie Havens 

When: Sat., March 7, 7 p.m. 2009
Price: $30

Richie Havensbecame an international star in 1969, when he opened the Woodstock Festival with a set that was three hours long and culminated with "Freedom," a song he improvised on the spot based on the traditional salve song "Motherless Children." He continues to be the quintessential hippie folk singer today, still in fine voice as he lays down his relentless guitar rhythms in service of peace, love, and understanding. His latest album, Nobody Left to Crown, showcases his often overlooked songwriting abilities with original tunes that are as good as any of the folk standards he's sung in his long career. As he approaches seventy he's still a quietly soulful singer and a riveting performer. Richie Havensplays the GreatAmericanMusic Hall (859 O'Farrell St., San Francisco) on Sat., March 7. 8 p.m., $30. GAMH.com


— j. poet

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