Richie Havens & The Thirsty Ear Music Festival Santa Fe New Mexico 2009

Richie Havens, Thirsty Ear, Music, Music Photography, Prayer, Santa Fe, NM, New Mexico, Jennifer Esperanza

Richie Havens & The Thirsty Ear Music Festival Santa Fe New Mexico 2009

Richie Havens is featured in my book

Many Years ago in 1999, my friend Mike Koster started The Thirsty Ear Music Festival in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He and I met in a coffee house called Downtown Subscription near famed Canyon Road. We sat outside & he told me of his plans to start a unique Music Featival in Santa Fe with a mix of Americana, Blues, Rock & Alt Folk. He asked me to be one of his photographers. It is because of Mike Koster & his kindness that I am a Music Photographer. I work with Mike for over a decade & was blessed to photograph & meet many great musicians. ~ Thank You Mike.

Yesterday the Great Richie Havens died. I was so Blessed to photograph him at Thirsty Ear in 2009. Last evening I posted this photo on Facebook & it spread like wildfire. ~ Blessings to hisBeautiful Soul. As one can see in this image, he was a very kind man. I gave him a beautiful Buddha charm that just happened to be in my purse when I saw all the charms of protection that fans had given him. 

Here are more photos from that day, I hope that you enjoy them. If you go to his site,as I have many times before you can hear an endless loop of his music. It seems to be silent today … try back tomorrow ~ I listened to him for hours yesterday.

Om Shanti Om {Om Peace Om} ~ 

Jennifer Esperanza

http://www.richiehavens.com/official_site/home.html

~ Richie Havens ~ Big Beautiful Smile ~ Thirsty Ear Festival 2009 ~ Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

~ Richie Havens ~ Big Beautiful Smile ~ Thirsty Ear Festival 2009 ~ Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

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Richie Havens with Bad Ass Guitarist Kenny Brown ~ Thirsty Ear ~ Santa Fe New Mexico 2009 ~ Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

~ Richie Havens & Kenny Brown ~ Back Stage at Thirsty Ear, Santa Fe New Mexico 2009 ~ Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

~ Richie Havens & Kenny Brown ~ Back Stage at Thirsty Ear, Santa Fe New Mexico 2009 ~ Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

~ My friend drummer, David Waldrop with his kido & Richie Havens ~ thirsty Ear ~ Santa Fe New Mexico 2009 ~ Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

~ My friend drummer, David Waldrop with his kiddo & Richie Havens ~ thirsty Ear ~ Santa Fe New Mexico 2009 ~ Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

~ Richie Havens ~ Thirsty Ear 2009 ~ Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

~ Richie Havens ~ Thirsty Ear 2009 ~ Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

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Thirsty Ear Festival 2009 • Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

Richie Havens ~ Thirsty Ear Festival 2009 • Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

Richie Havens ~ Thirsty Ear Festival 2009 • Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

Richie Havens ~ Thirsty Ear Festival 2009 • Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

Richie Havens ~ Thirsty Ear Festival 2009 • Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

Richie Havens ~Thirsty Ear Festival 2009 • Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

Richie Havens ~Thirsty Ear Festival 2009 • Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

“I opened the Woodstock Festival even though I was supposed to be fifth. I said, “What am I doing here? No, no, not me, not first!” I had to go on stage because there was no one else to go on first – the concert was already two-and-a-half hours late. Everyone was at the hotel seven miles away and couldn’t get to the stage because the one back road they thought they could take was completely blocked. I was alone on stage for two-and-a-half hours before any of the other performers came! ” ~ Richie Havens

Richie Havens ~Thirsty Ear Festival 2009 • Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

Richie Havens ~Thirsty Ear Festival 2009 • Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

~ The photo on the left of Richie Havens is by my long time friend Astrid Allan ~ The image on the right is of Astrid & her daughter Rhiannon at Thirsty Ear where we photographed & listened to Richie Haves together ~

~ The photo on the left of Richie Havens is by my long time friend Astrid Allan ~ The image on the right is of Astrid & her daughter Rhiannon at Thirsty Ear where we photographed & listened to Richie Haves together ~ xox

 

~ Mike Koster Music Lover & Promoter ~ Founder of Thirsty Ear Music Festival ~ Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

~ Mike Koster Music Lover & Promoter ~ Founder of Thirsty Ear Music Festival ~ Photo © Jennifer Esperanza

http://www.thirstyearfestival.com

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Blessings to the soul of the late Richie Havens

Richie Havens is featured in my book I Like My Heroes Real on Blurb.com

http://www.blurb.com/b/3241702-i-like-my-heroes-real

 

I Like My Heroes Real ~ By Jennifer Esperanza

I Like My Heroes Real ~ By Jennifer Esperanza


2 Comments

  • Neil Alers

    23.04.2013 at 15:07 Reply

    This is a wonderful brief tribute to Richie Havens, Jennifer; thanks for sharing!
    What a beautiful website, subtle and heartfelt. I see your commercial offerings as opportunities and feel delightfully tempted to share more of your images in a different form. Glad to have gotten to know you some on fb; I wish you Good Luck on all this and with all you do.
    Yoshi: Peace.
    (Neil Alers)

    • Jennifer Esperanza

      23.04.2013 at 19:22 Reply

      Thank you so very much Neil for spending time with my work & for writing these kind words.
      All kindness to you,
      Jen

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