Ben Folds Schedule
Since the late '80s, Ben Folds has been captivating audiences with his high-energy shows. Folds
has made a name for himself as a talented musician, garnering quite the dedicated following as a result. Don't miss out on
this great artist, who has been interpreting the sounds of the piano for years.
There are plenty of opportunities to
catch Ben Folds in 2014. He has dates booked at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tennessee; AT&T Performing
Arts Center - Strauss Square in Dallas, Texas; Powell Symphony Hall in Saint Louis, Missouri; Lisner Auditorium in Washington,
D.C.; Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach, Virginia; Tennessee Performing Arts Center Andrew Jackson
Hall in Nashville, Tennessee; Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, California; Symphony Hall in Atlanta, Georgia; Kauffman
Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri; and Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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Ben Folds Background
Hailing from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Ben Folds took to the piano at the age of nine.
His father, a carpenter, brought the piano home after he received it in barter for a job he did. But the piano was only just
the beginning. Playing the piano ignited his passion for music, and it didn't take him long to take up other instruments.
In the youth orchestra of the North Carolina Symphony, Folds played percussion and aspired to perform with a professional
ensemble in the future. By the time he went on to R.J. Reynolds High School, he was a part of many different bands.
high school, Folds went to the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami for a short stint, getting there on a drum
scholarship. Unfortunately after just a year, he was unable to fulfill the obligations of his scholarship because of a broken
But Folds didn't let that discourage him from pursuing his musical dreams. He perceived it as an opportunity to
find his niche on the music scene.
In 1988, Folds hooked up with a pop-punk band, Majosha, and played bass guitar. The
group premiered at the Battle of the Bands hosted by Duke University. The band was able to cultivate a loyal local following,
gigging at house parties. They eventually released Shut Up and Listen to Majosha (1989), an EP, and soon after, band members
went their separate ways.
In 1994, Folds teamed up with musical comrades Robert Sledge and Darren Jessee in Chapel Hill,
North Carolina. The collaboration transitioned into the band, Ben Folds Five. It was a bewildering name for a group comprised
of only three members. But the guys said they chose the name simply because they "thought it was funny." A year later, the
band came out with their eponymous album, which showcased fresh melodies and a guitar-less sound. Their debut effort drew
a lot of attention from fans as well as record labels. They inked a deal with Sony Music Entertainment and followed their
successful premiere effort with Whatever and Ever Amen (1997). The album included hit tracks, Brick and Battle of Who Could
Care Less, which took over the airwaves. The songs were a refreshing distraction from the other alternative music that was
popular at the time. Ben Folds Five was an ideal fit for what was known as the "nerd-rock" music scene.
While the band
didn't work on any new material together for almost a year after their debut's release, they put out a 1998 collection, Naked
Baby Photos. The collection of B-Sides and rarities struck a chord with fans. As an experimental side project, Folds put out
an album, Volume I. The album contained collaborations with Caleb Southern (producer) and John Mark Painter (musician). And,
iconic actor/musician William Shatner even contributed to the effort.
Ben Folds Five's third full-length effort arrived
in 1999, titled The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner.
A year later, the bandmates split up. Folds continued
to devote his energies to his solo career. Rockin' the Suburbs came out in 2001 and was a hit among dedicated fans. This album
propelled the release of a slew of solo albums, including Songs for Silverman (2005).
A Ben Folds Five one-time reunion
was held in 2008. They played Reinhold Messner in its entirety at a hometown performance. The reunion inspired Jessee and
Sledge to collaborate on Folds' The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective in 2011.
Later on that year, Folds was
inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.
In 2012, Ben Folds Five officially reconciled and cemented their
reunion with the release of The Sound of the Life of the Mind.
Ben Folds Albums
Ben Folds' discography
is comprised of two live albums, 10 compilation albums, eight extended plays, 18 singles and five studio albums. His albums
include: Rockin' the Suburbs (2001); Songs for Silverman (2005); and Way to Normal (2008).
Ben Folds Trivia
you know that Ben Folds co-penned and produced an album for Captain Kirk? Yes, it's true. Ben Folds collaborated with William
Shatner on Shatner's album, Has Been.
Ben Folds Concert Experience
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