Ben Folds is widely regarded as one of the major music influencers of our generation. He's created an enormous body of genre-bending music that includes pop albums with Ben Folds Five, multiple solo albums and numerous collaborative records. His last album was a blend of pop songs and his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra that soared to #1 on both the Billboard classical and classical crossover charts. For over a decade, Ben Folds has performed with some of the world's greatest symphony orchestras and in 2017 was named as the first ever Artistic Advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. Now, he hits the road once again for a national tour, including a stop under the stars at Starlight Theatre Friday, August 16.
Joining Ben Folds on tour is Violent Femmes, formed in 1981 as an acoustic punk band playing on the streets of Milwaukee. Their goal was to rock harder than any other acoustic act on the planet. Violent Femmes eponymous debut album became the first and only album in Billboard history to enter the charts with a platinum certification—eight years after its release. Over the ensuing three decades, the Femmes became a mainstay of festivals, clubs and theaters in more than 20 countries worldwide.