Ben Folds Announces Fall Solo Tour

Ben Folds hits the road again this fall. This time it’s just the man and his piano. The 33 date fall tour kicks off in Folds’ home state of North Carolina and makes several stops in New York, including Westbury, the Egg in Albany and the University of Rochester.

Folds has recently been on the road with the chamber pop ensemble yMusic. A handful of dates remain on that tour, including stints at Artpark in Lewiston and Caramoor Center For Music and the Arts in Katonah, before heading down under for the majority of August.  

Folds’ most recent release with yMusic, So There, was released in 2015. In a June interview with popmatters, the ever-evolving pianist revealed plans for a possible solo album:

I’m interested in a couple of things and we’ll see what pans out. One is a solo piano record but not the normal sort of solo piano record you might think. Yes, kind of a pop ‘singing songs’ thing, but very possibly even single-note, very arranged almost two-part invention accompaniment, as opposed to like [a] ‘Piano Man’ accompaniment. I did a record that’s just a piano live, and it has a rock thing to it. And this I’m thinking—it’s hard to describe. I hear it, but it’s very much arranged. Like if I arrange two hands to be cello and viola and made them to piano instead.

Folds and British author Nick Hornby (High Fidelity, About a Boy, Fever Pitch) collaborated on a 2010 album featuring the song below:

Tickets for the Ben Folds and a Piano tour go on sale July 15. More information on dates and tickets can be found here.

Ben Folds Tour Dates:

Sept. 13 – Raleigh, NC—Memorial AuditoriumSept. 15 – Greenville, SC—Peace Concert Hall
Sept. 16 – Newport News, VA—Ferguson Center
Sept. 17 – Richmond, VA—The National
Sept. 18 – Morristown, NJ—Mayo Performing Arts Center
Sept. 20 – Westbury, NY—The Space at Westbury
Sept. 21 – Englewood, NJ—Bergen Performing Arts Center
Sept. 22 – New Haven, CT—College Street Music Hall
Sept. 23 – Northampton, MA—Calvin Theatre
Sept.24 – Burlington, VT—Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Sept. 26 – Albany, NY—The Egg – Kitty Carlisle Hart Theatre
Sept. 29 – Madison, WI—Majestic Live
Sept. 30 – Madison, WI—Majestic Live
Oct. 1 – Minneapolis, MN—First Avenue
Oct. 2 – Columbia, MO—Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival
Oct. 4 – Wabash, IN—Honeywell Center
Oct. 6 – Charleston, WV—Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences
Oct. 7 – Munhall, PA—Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
Oct. 8 – Rochester, NY—University of Rochester
Oct. 20 – Anaheim, CA—City National Grove of Anaheim
Oct. 21 – Ventura, CA—Majestic Ventura Theater
Oct. 22 – Modesto, CA—The Gallo Center for the Arts
Oct. 24 – Boise, ID—Knitting Factory Concert House
Oct. 25 – Eugene, OR—McDonald Theater
Oct. 26 – Olympia, WA—Washington Center for the Performing Arts
Oct. 28 – Bellingham, WA—Mount Baker Theatre
Oct. 29 – Spokane, WA—Knitting Factory Concert House
Oct. 30 – Missoula, MT—The Wilma
Oct. 31 – Jackson Hole, WY—Center for the Arts
Nov. 2 – Lincoln, NE—Rococo Theatre
Nov. 5 – Elgin, IL—Blizzard Theatre
Nov. 6 – Des Moines, IA—Hoyt Sherman Place Theater
Nov. 9 – Broken Arrow, OK—Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center