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Ben Folds and a Piano Fall Tour

Ben-Folds-Fall-Tour-v2As we mentioned back in December, Ben Folds hits the road again this fall with a solo piano tour titled, appropriately, Ben Folds and a Piano.

The tour starts out in Raleigh, North Carolina on September 13 and as of now ends on November 9 at Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, with stops in twenty-four states and thirty-one cities including a two-night stop in Milwaukee. More shows may be added as well in the coming days. You can find a complete listing with links to venues, maps, directions and tickets on our Tour Dates page.

The tour was originally going to be called Ben Folds: A Piano and a Playpen because (more…)

Concerto to kick off Nashville season

schermerhornA gala celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Nashville Symphony’s Schermerhorn Center will feature Ben Folds performing his 21-minute concerto for piano and orchestra.

The September 10 opening night to begin the Symphony’s 2016-17 season features Folds’ three-movement work, co-commissioned by the Symphony, which Nashville Scene’s John Pitcher describes as

a proudly and overtly derivative piece, sounding like the music of Prokofiev one minute, and Gershwin the next. But Folds’ own idiosyncratic style, which he describes as “piano for left-handed drummer,” always comes through, providing this glistening work with a welcome degree of thrust.

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“Suburbs” vinyl reissue set; solo tour later in 2016

suburbs_200A re-release on vinyl of Ben Folds’ 2001 debut solo album Rockin’ the Suburbs is due out in February, and a solo tour later in 2016 is in the early planning stages.

listing by independent music retailer Bullmoose shows the album set for a February 26 release date for the two-disc set at a list price of $39.99. The pressing will be on 180-gram yellow vinyl and will include Hiro’s Song, the bonus track from the original vinyl release and the Japanese CD. It’s being released by ORG Music, which also re-released the Ben Folds Five album Whatever and Ever Amen.

Following the symphonic tours in the first few months of 2016, Ben has decided to do some solo shows that will showcase some of the hits from Suburbs as well as assorted newer material. The tour is still being put together, so keep an eye out for dates and locations. (more…)

Spring North America shows with yMusic

The Ben Folds-yMusic juggernaut rolls on into 2016, with the previously-announced tour of the United Kingdom in June, and new dates in the United States and Canada in April and May.

Shows featuring Folds and the Brooklyn-based sextet are at a variety of halls and theatres ranging from small standing-only clubs to grand auditoriums including the Kennedy Center. The tour visits a number of rarely, or never-before, visited cities including Montreal, where Ben last performed in June of 1997, and Hampton, New Hampshire, a small seaside resort town with about fifteen thousand residents.

A feature of the tour is the availability of a limited number of Soundcheck packages at a premium price (somewhere north of $200 per ticket), but which include admission to the pre-show sound check, seating in the first few rows, a pre-show cocktail reception and a post-show meet & greet, an autographed So There CD and a signed print of one of Ben’s original black and white photographs. (more…)

UK 2016 tour announced

Ben and yMusic will be crossing the pond to treat UK fans to an earful of concerto and more next June. They’ll be making eight stops: Cardiff, Wales; Edinburgh, Scotland; Birmingham, Liverpool, Gateshead, London (2 shows), Brighton and Cambridge, England. Dates are up on the tour dates page, with VIP ticket sales starting today (December 3) and general sales December 4.