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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.

Augusta show moved to new venue

Westobou Festival logo_11Due to the possibility of bad weather, the Ben Folds show with the Symphony Orchestra Augusta is being moved from the riverfront Jessye Norman Amphitheatre to the nearby Bell Auditorium, an indoor venue.Doors open at 7:30 pm for the 8:30 pm concert.

Westobou Festival organizers were concerned because the orchestral instruments couldn’t tolerate being out in bad weather. Rain has been in the forecast for several days in Augusta including a 40 percent chance during Ben’s performance.

Tickets for the Norman Amphitheatre will be honored at Bell Auditorium using the same seat numbers. In addition, $20 balcony general admission tickets are now available through the festival’s website.

Major collaboration, album & tour this spring

Folds+yMusic_250Ben has teamed up with yMusic, an ensemble of six exciting instrumental musicians in their 20s and 30s with impressive credentials on both the pop and classical side. Ben’s “new band”, as he puts it, are putting the finishing touches on an album, to be titled So There (which will include at least parts of his concerto) and will be touring the US and elsewhere as Ben Folds & yMusic starting in mid-April; dates are still being arranged, though they’ve been booked to play the 2015 Bonnaroo Festival on June 12.

The sextet, comprised of violinist and guitarist Rob Moose, trumpet and French horn player C. J. Camerieri, cellist Gabe Cabezas, flutist Alex Sopp, clarinetist and multi-instrumentalist Hideaki Aomori, and violinist Nadia Sirota released their second album, Balance Problems, late last year. Each has also recorded solo or with others in every genre from classical to jazz and pop.

Ben heard about yMusic last summer and contacted them about a collaboration. (more…)