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Cat's Cradle


When Ben, Darren and Robert first assembled as a band in 1994, one of the first places they unloaded Ben’s Baldwin was at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, N.C., the little town just down the street from Chapel Hill, home of the University of North Carolina (famous in song for Kate handing out the Baghavad Gita on Rosemary and Cameron Streets). The Cat’s Cradle hosted Ben Folds Five for the first time on February 10, 1995 as the fifth stop on a mostly Southern tour as the band was gaining popularity with each gig.

Now, Ben is returning to the Cradle on October 17 for a very special private one night only appearance in support of North Carolina Democrats. It’s a benefit performance for the coordinated effort across the Tar Heel State and, in particular, to support Cheri Beasley’s campaign to replace Republican Richard Burr, who is retiring from the Senate this year. Tickets range from $100 for a basic ticket to $2,500 for a VIP sponsorship and can be purchased through the NCDemocrats ActBlue site.

For those who attend, it’ll be a nostalgic throwback to the earliest days of Ben’s performing career in a legendary venue – among the most highly-regarded in America – that holds deep history for Ben and for the music scene in Chapel Hill.

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