Next Saturday, The Murat Theatre at the Old National Centre in Indianapolis will feature a special performance by Ben Folds. The well-known and successful pianist and pop singer is making a stop in the crossroads of America for his Paper Airplane Request Tour. During these performances, Folds will take special song requests from audience members in the form of paper airplanes thrown onto the stage. Joining him on tour is the electrofolk/alternative band Tall Heights.
For those of you who haven’t yet heard of the supremely talented Ben Folds, I’ll take a few words from his website’s bio. “Throughout his career, Folds has created an enormous body of genre-bending music that includes pop albums with Ben Folds Five, multiple solo albums, and collaborative records with artists from Sara Bareilles and Regina Spektor, to William Shatner.” Folds was also a judge on the NBC A Capella contest show “The Sing-Off from 2009 to 2013. He has released over twenty albums, EP’s, and collaborations with other artists, and was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2011.
As a solo performer, Ben Folds’ concerts are both intimate and high-energy experiences. The charismatic musician is able to command a powerful stage presence, as well as the respect and love of his loyal fans. The Paper Airplane Request Tour started in late June, and will end with a final performance at the Olympia Theatre in Miami, FL.
The Boston-based electrofolk duo Tall Heights’ is comprised of guitarist Tim Harrington and cellist Paul Wright. During their performances, the two provide harmonized vocals with backing beats from electronic drums. According to their website, the two started playing together in 2010. They formed their stripped-down sound to make it simpler to play out on the streets of Boston. “It taught us to be lean and mean and effective with just two voices and two instruments,” Harrington says.
After a long summer of touring, the more dubious fans may not think that a star-studded musician like Folds would be able to bring the same energy to his later performances. But fear not, and have faith. Ben Folds is a serious professional who doesn’t disappoint. If you can’t trust me just yet, go see him when he rolls into town. You won’t regret it.
The show starts at 6:00 pm at The Old National Centre on Saturday, November 4th. Ticket prices range from $25 to $85 dollars.