I got a chance to photograph Ben Folds at Memorial Auditorium, and hear what this was all about. I enjoyed the performance, was given permission to photograph the first three tunes, and here are a few favorites from those first three. I asked for more information about Ben Folds and the tour and was sent the current press release, so it’s been added at the end of this gallery. Enjoy!
NASHVILLE, TN, July 11, 2016 – Multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/producer Ben Folds is back this Fall to pound pianos again in a solo rock tour entitled “Ben Folds: A Piano & A Playpen.” The tour, reminiscent of his first solo tour in 2001 where he defied skeptics by delivering a high energy rock performance using the intimacy of just a piano, will feature Folds performing his classic and current pop songs, telling stories, interacting with the audiences, and improvisation with a host of instruments.
Folds kicks off the 33-date tour with a home state play in Raleigh, NC on September 13. Full tour details below. A limited number of VIP packages will be available starting with the Ben Folds Presale on Wednesday, July 13 at 10am local venue time. Tickets and remaining VIP packages will be available to the general public starting at 10am local venue time on Friday, July 15. Visit www.benfolds.com for more info.
Folds’ upcoming solo tour comes at the anniversary of his critically acclaimed most recent album So There (New West Records). The record debuted last September at #1 on
both Billboard’s Classical and Classical Crossover charts. So There showcases new pop songs by Folds, along with the debut recording of his critically acclaimed “Concerto For Piano and
Orchestra.” The album has been praised for its forward-thinking studio craft and creative spontaneity.
Ben Folds first found fame with the Ben Folds Five and has proceeded to have a very successful solo career, which includes writing and performing pop hits, recording multiple studio and live albums, collaborating with other renowned artists, and writing and recording for film and TV. In addition to his self-described love of performing and making music “for humans,” Folds is an avid photographer and a member of the distinguished Sony Artisans of Imagery. Folds is also an advocate for music education and music therapy as a member of Artist Committee of Americans For The Arts, and he serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Nashville Symphony.
BEN FOLDS ON TOUR
September 13 – Raleigh, NC @ Memorial Auditorium†
September 15 – Greenville, SC @ Peace Concert Hall*
September 16 – Newport News, VA @ Ferguson Center
September 17 – Richmond, VA @ The National
September 18 – Morristown, NJ @ Mayo Performing Arts Center September 20 – Westbury, NY @ The Space at Westbury
September 21 – Englewood, NJ @ Bergen Performing Arts Center September 22 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall September 23 – Northampton, MA @ Calvin Theatre
September 24 – Burlington, VT @ Flynn Center for the Performing Arts+ September 26 – Albany, NY @ The Egg – Kitty Carlisle Hart Theatre September 29 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Live
September 30 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Live
October 1 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
October 2 – Columbia, MO @ Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival
October 4 – Wabash, IN @ Honeywell Center
October 6 – Charleston, WV @ Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences October 7 – Munhall, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead October 8 – Rochester, NY @ University of Rochester
October 20 – Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove of Anaheim October 21 – Ventura, CA @ Majestic Ventura Theater
October 22 – Modesto, CA @ The Gallo Center for the Arts*
October 24 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House
October 25 – Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theater
October 26 – Olympia, WA @ The Washington Center For The Performing Arts October 28 – Bellingham, WA @ Mount Baker Theatre^
October 29 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
October 30 – Missoula, MT @ The Wilma
October 31 – Jackson Hole, WY @ Center for the Arts†
November 2 – Lincoln, NE @ Rococo Theatre
November 5 – Elgin, IL @ Blizzard Theatre
November 6 – Des Moines, IA @ Hoyt Sherman Place Theater† November 9 – Broken Arrow, OK @ Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center