Folk singer/songwriter Richie Havens has an extensive set of dates booked through February 2009 with more to be added. His next official concert is May 17 in Roseburg, OR. However, on May 14, he will perform his chestnut “Freedom” at the opening ceremonies of the prestigious 61st annual Cannes International Film Festival in Cannes, France.

This performance takes place on the heels of the successful February 2008 European release of his latest album, “Nobody Left to Clown,” which is his 27th album. There has been no U.S. release yet; Derek Trucksand Harry Manx guest on the album.

Havens first emerged from New York City‘s Greenwich Village folk scene in the early 60’s. In 1969, he inspired and electrified an audience of over half a million people with his legendary three hour opening performance at Woodstock, which included a spontaneous performance of “Freedom” to kill time for the next performer — thus the repetition of the word “freedom forever.”

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Richie Havens tour itinerary:

May 17 Jacoby Auditorium Roseburg, OR
May 18 Tower Theater Bend, OR
May 19 92nd Street Y / Kaufman Concert New York, NY
May 28 Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Bethel, NY
May 30 The Turning Point Piermont, NY
May 31 Mauch Chunk Opera House Jim Thorpe, PA
June 13 Stone Church Music Club New Market, NH
June 20 Chiasso Festate, Switzerland
June 25 Veteran’s Park Amphitheater Springfield, OH
June 27 Riverwalk Center Breckenridge, CO
June 28 The Solied Dove Underground Denver, CO
June 29 Strings Music Pavilion Steamboat, CO
July 5 Guilfest Surrey, UK
July 6 Solidays Paris, France
July 11 Bluesfest Windsor Windsor, ON
July 12 Bluesfest London Downtown, ON
July 17 Theatre Antique De Vienne Vienne, France
July 24 Anderson Park Montclair, ON
August 2 Newport Folk Festival New Port, RI
August 3 Sleeping Bear Dunegrass and Blues Empire, MI
August 7 Brooklyn Academy of Music Brooklyn, NY
August 9 L. L. Bean Summer Concert Series Freeport, ME
August 10 Nashua River Valley Folk Festival Lancaster, MA
August 25-26 Mohegan Sun Casino Uncasville, CT
August 29-31 Rhythm Festival 2008 Clapham Bedfordshire, UK
September 5 The Ohio Theater Cleveland, OH
September 6 Beverly Arts Center of Chicago Chicago, IL
September 13 Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry, NH
September 19 Le Poisson Rouge New York, NY
September 26 Infinity Hall Norfolk, CT
September 27 Jonathan’s Ogunquit, ME
September 28 Higher Ground S. Burlington, VT
November 21 The Sellersville Theater Sellersville, PA
November 22 Patchogue Theater Patchogue, NY
November 28-29 Stone Mountain Arts Center Brownfield, ME
December 11 Rhythm & Brews Chattanooga, TN
December 13 WorkPlay Theatre Birmingham, AL
January 16 One World Theater Austin, TX
January 23 Anthology San Diego, CA
January 24 The Palmdale Playhouse Palmdale, CA
February 6 The Firehouse Coffeehouse Littleton, MA
February 7 Veritas Auditorium Chicopee, MA
February 20 Kirkland Performance Center Kirkland, WA
February 25 Kayhi Auditorium Ketchikan, AK
February 28 Mariner Theatre Homer, AK