Show Review : Richie Havens, 3.29.2008, Peachs Grill, Yellow Springs, OH

Richie Havens
Richie Havens

Review and Photos by Scott Preston

I always enjoy when Richie Havens makes his annual trip through the state of Ohio. Peachs Grill in Yellow Springs, OH holds less than 200 people. Richie also had 2 very talented musicians playing with him, Walter Parks on guitar and Stephanie Winters on cello. I have rarely ever been to a show where single person in the bar was paying attention to what was happening on the stage. Everyone in the venue was hanging on every word that Richie spoke. It just shows the respect that the man receives. He started off the evening with Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower. Followed a few songs later by Maggie’s Farm. Richie is truly a master of interpretation of Bob Dylan’s music. Shortly thereafter Richie sang his signature song Freedom. A nice surprise was Richie singing an accapela version of You are So Beautiful to Me. Richie left the stage but wasn’t finished yet. He returned to the stage to perform George Harrison’s Here Comes The Sun. Something else that impresses me about Richie Havens that after the show he will come back out and take photos and sign cd’s for every single person that is standing in line. A truly genuinely kind person.