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June 23, 2009

On the Tour Bus with Ben Harper

Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals perform during the All Points West music festival at Liberty State Park Sunday, Aug. 10, 2008 in Jersey City, N.J.
Photo: AP Photo/Jason DeCrow

The singer-songwriter and slide guitarist describes life on the road in the July 2009 issue of Condé Nast Traveler

Best Venues: "L.A.'s Greek Theatre is surrounded by trees, and every seat is a good one [323-665-3125;]. Red Rocks is a stunning rock amphitheater outside Denver. Playing there makes me feel like I've rocketed away from Earth and landed on another planet [720-865-2494;]."

Best Restaurants: "There's a Mexican place called El Chihuahua in Paris that's owned by a French guy named Benny. His mom lived in Mexico for years and brought back recipes for chips, salsa, and incredible fajitas [36 blvd. de la Bastille; 33-1-43-43-79-79; entrées, $11-$21]. I love eating Italian in Paris too, at Alfredo Positano [6 rue Guisarde; 33-1-43-26-90-52; entrées, $26-$40]. Elio's, in New York, has the best chicken Parmesan in the world--it reminds me of Bruce Paltrow, who introduced me to the place [1621 Second Ave.; 212-772-2242; entrées, $17-$42].

Best Bars: "The Silver Dollar Bar & Grill, in Jackson Hole, is lined with silver dollars. You can't believe it till you've seen it; rumor has it the whole thing cost a million [307-733-2190]. At 4100, in Los Angeles, there's always someone to talk to and Newcastle Brown ale on tap" [1087 Manzanita St.; 323-666-4460]."

Best Hotels" "I always stay near a park when I travel with my family. Rome's Hotel de Russie is just below the Villa Borghese, so we ride our bikes to the top, watch the sun set over the city, and then have the hotel restaurant's amazing Bolognese [39-06-32-88-81;; doubles, $610-$1,255]. And I love São Paulo's Hotel Unique for its proximity to Ibirapuera Park [55-11-3055-4710;; doubles, $375-$490]."

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