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Legendary Folksinger Richie Havens to Perform at Ramapo College

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)January 3, 2005

(Mahwah) – Richie Havens, who has one of the most recognizable voices in popular music, will perform in the Sharp Theater at Ramapo College of New Jersey on Friday, February 11 at 8 p.m.

The Woodstock Festival icon has been performing for three decades.  His poignant, soulful style has remained unique since he first appeared on the Greenwich Village folk music scene in the early 1960s.  With hits such as Freedom” and Just Like A Woman,” Havens has used his music to convey messages of brotherhood and personal freedom.

At an early age, the Brooklyn-born Havens organized friends into street corner doo-wop groups.  When he turned 20, he sought the artistic stimulation of Greenwich Village.  He landed his first record deal and released Mixed Bag in 1967.  It was as a live performer that Havens first earned widespread notice.  His Woodstock appearance was a major turning point in his career.  As the festival’s first performer, he held the crowd spellbound for almost three hours.  He improvised a song based on an old spiritual, Motherless Child,” that became Freedom,” considered an anthem of a generation.

Tickets for Richie Havens’ performance at Ramapo College are $25 for adults, $22 for senior citizens and $12 for youth.  The Sharp Theater is located at the Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts on the Ramapo College campus.  For more information call 201.684.7844.  This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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