Ben Folds & Kansas City Symphony
Helzberg Hall - Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts - Kansas City, MO
Ben Folds is a renowned music artist, best known as the lead vocalist of the alternative rock band, Ben Folds Five. However, he has established a successful career as a solo artist as well.
In the year 2002, RIAA presented Folds with the Gold Record Award for the album Whatever and Ever Amen. In 2011, the musician received induction into the prestigious North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.
The Battle of Who Could Care Less singer is currently on tour and will soon perform in your city. If you want to catch his rocking live act, purchase your Ben Folds tickets in advance.
Benjamin Scott Folds was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on September 12, 1966. He began playing the piano at nine years of age. From then onwards, Folds’ interest in music grew by leaps and bounds. He learnt to play a variety of instruments. By the time Folds was in the R.J. Reynolds High School, he was playing instruments such as the piano, bass and drums as part of different music bands.
After high school graduation, Folds got a drum scholarship and went to the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. However a year later, he lost the scholarship because of being unable to deliver in his final drum exam owing to a hand injury.
But Folds was not discouraged by the incident and took it in his stride. He began moving around to explore and discover a place where his skills could thrive. Soon he relocated to New York City and began performing with theater troupes. He enjoyed acting to the extent there was a point when Folds actually considered not pursuing his career as a recording artist.
Later he shifted to North Carolina where he met drummer Darren Jesse and bassist Robert Sledge. The trio formed the Ben Bolds Five band in 1994. They played piano rock, alternative and indie style music.
In the year 1995, the rock trio released their self-titled first album. With an indie-pop sound, it was a rather unconventional rock record. It spawned their first radio single titled Underground. The band’s guitar-less sound and fresh melodies quickly gained popularity and brought the band to the attention of the record labels. Soon they were signed up by the renowned Sony Music Entertainment.
The band released their second album Whatever and Ever Amen in 1997. With songs such as Brick and Battle of Who Could Care Less, the record was a massive success. In fact, Brick went on to become the most successful single of Ben Folds Five. The album reached the 42nd spot on the Billboard 200.
For the next one year, the musicians did not create music material together. In 1998 they released a compilation album titled Naked Baby Photos. It comprised unreleased material from the trio’s previous album recordings and live performances. The record was received quite well by the audience.
In the year 1999, Ben Folds Five treated the fans with their third studio album, The Unauthorized Biography of Reinfold Messner. The record has a much darker tone than the trio’s previous material. However it still met a positive response from their fans. The critics also gave positive reviews to the record.
In 2000, Ben Folds Five parted ways and Folds embarked on his career as a solo artist. His debut solo album Rockin’ the Suburbs hit the music stores in 2001. The album was recorded in Adelaide, Australia, where the singer was living at the time. It reached the 42nd spot on the Billboard 200 and 11th on the Top Internet Albums chart. Its title track is Fold’s only single to make it to the Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart.
In 2003 Ben Folds formed a supergroup The Bens along with Ben Lee and Ben Kweller. Together they toured around Australia extensively. The Bens Rock Over Australia Tour had them perform in cities including Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide.
Folds’ second studio album Songs for Silverman was released by Epic Records in April of 2005. It hit the thirteenth spot on the Billboard 200 and was the singer’s highest charting record until Way to Normal came out in 2008. Way to Normal reached the eleventh spot on the Billboard 200 within its first week of release. It is Folds’ highest charting album in the US.
Ben Folds Five briefly reunited in 2008 for a one-time performance of Reinhold Messner. They played the album in its entirely and their fans were ecstatic to see the musicians share the stage again. In 2011, Ben Folds and Ben Folds Five released a compilation album The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective. The record’s title is taken from a song off the trio’s self-titled debut album.
In 2012, the trio returned to the studio to release their fourth music album The Sound of the Life of the Mind. The record debuted at the tenth spot on the Billboard 200. It is Folds’ first record to achieve this feat.
Ben Folds Tour Tickets
With hits such as Brick, Army and Underground under his belt, Ben Folds enjoys a cult following in and outside the US. His concerts are known to draw huge crowds and Ben Folds tour tickets tend to sell out as soon as the dates are announced. However, they are currently available here at reasonable prices. So if you want to attend his live performance in your city, purchase yours fast.