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(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.


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 College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

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, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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