Regina Spektor and Ben Folds


Jul 26, 2017 – 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

  • Regina Spektor
  • Ben Folds

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The “cathartic piano prodigies” (NPR) who once teamed up on “You Don’t Know Me,” share the stage for one night only. Don’t miss Regina Spektor’s masterful storytelling and Ben Folds’ beloved pop and piano ballads.
Regina Spektor: Not since Tori Amos has there been such a fiery red-headed piano playing wunderkind. As a progenitor of New York's anti-folk scene, Spektor has led the genre with her piano-pop driven melodies and her hauntingly beautiful upper range vocals. Regina Spektor's concert schedule keeps the busy indie darling on the road throughout the year. Regina Spektor tour dates are currently scheduled throughout 2011.

A native of Moscow, Spektor and her family immigrated to the United States after the fall of the Soviet Union when she was only nine years old. They transplanted themselves into the ever vibrant New York City where Spektor honed her already present classical piano skills. Spektor ditched her cherished piano in Russia for the eclectic punk and hip-hop styles of Brooklyn. Ultimately, she found a way to incorporate all of her musical passions. After graduating from the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, Spektor returned to New York and performed in East Village venues during the anti-folk movement. Spektor issued her first two discs 11:11 in 2001 and Songs in 2002 before signing a deal with Sire Records in 2003.

She released her major label debut Soviet Kitsch in 2003 which reflected the everlasting influence of her heritage. Regina Spektor tour dates were scheduled alongside The Strokes during their Room on Fire tour in 2004. Additional Regina Spektor concert dates were scheduled on Kings of Leon's European tour as the opening act. The exposure on high-profile tours certainly paid off for Regina who released her fourth album Begin to Hope in 2006. It became her first album to chart on the Billboard 200 where it peaked at #70. The album was eventually certified gold and ranked at #21 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the best albums of the year. The single "Fidelity" was featured in several movies and TV shows such as CSI:NY and Criminal Minds. Regina Spektor tour dates were booked on her first headliner where she played to sold out shows.

Regina Spektor's concert schedule also included appearances at the Bonnaroo Music Festival, Lollapalooza, and Virgin Festival in 2007. Spektor returned in 2009 with her most recent studio album Far. The album is her most critically acclaimed to-date and debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 to become a commercial success as well. Regina Spektor's piano-driven melodies are heightened by her conscious lyrics which at times are hopeful and melancholy. Regina Spektor tour dates were scheduled nationally to support the album. Additional Regina Spektor concert dates were booked at a series of performances in London's Hyde Park and throughout Europe in 2009. She released a live album Live in London which featured her hair raising show at the Hammersmith Apollo Theatre in 2010.

Regina Spektor's music is pop-folk, unconventional, yet very much aligned with what we want to hear. Her music features the contentious battle between happiness and sorrow and her lyrics get into our core and make us think. Her multifarious sound will visit international venues and festivals this 2011. Regina Spektor tour dates are scheduled periodically throughout the year. Use Eventful as your source for the Regina Spektor concert schedule.

Ben Folds: Singer/pianist Ben Folds (born September 12, 1966, in Winston-Salem, NC) is best known as the leader of the power pop trio

Ben Folds Five, but has also struck out on his own as a solo artist. Despite playing in bands in high school, his musical career didn't really get off the ground until the late '80s, as a bassist for Majosha (the outfit issued such obscure releases as Party Night: Five Songs About Jesus and Shut Up and Listen to Majosha). Proving his multi-instrumental talents, Folds also played drums as a session musician in Nashville. After relocating to New York, Folds started acting again (he'd done some theater in high school previously) and signed a publishing deal with Sony Music.

Moving back to North Carolina, Folds in 1994 formed Ben Folds Five, a trio that also included bassist Robert Sledge and drummer Darren Jessee. Whereas most alternative bands of the '90s specialized in distorted teen-angst rock, the guitarless trio was a refreshing break from the norm, their sound akin to such past power popsters as Todd Rundgren, Jellyfish, early Joe Jackson, and such piano-driven artists as Billy Joel and early Elton John. But like punk bands, Ben Folds Five put on a high-energy, blistering live show. The band was signed to the independent Caroline Records shortly afterward, resulting in their self-titled debut one year later. Due to airings of their humorous anthem "Underground" (which poked fun at the politics of the punk/alternative scene) on MTV's 120 Minutes) and constant touring, quite a buzz was stirring for the band by the time of their second album.

Released in 1997, Whatever and Ever Amen was pure pop perfection -- easily one of the year's best releases and perhaps the best power pop release of the '90s. The band's songwriting and sound had improved even further, as evidenced by such gems as "One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces," "Fair," "Kate," and "Battle of Who Could Care Less," plus their whimsical tribute to breakups, "Song for the Dumped." But it was the ballad "Brick" that broke the band commercially -- unlike the majority of their material, which was upbeat, the song contained melancholic music and vocals, as the lyrics told the story of a teenage couple who decides to get an abortion (it has been speculated that the tale was autobiographical for Folds). The single didn't hit until several months after the album was released, which meant that the band stayed on the road for well over a year, playing with such notables as Dave Matthews, Beck, and as part of the 1997 H.O.R.D.E. festival -- earning Whatever platinum status.

While 1998 didn't see a new studio album by the band, BF5's former label issued a 16-track rarities collection (Naked Baby Photos), as Folds released his first solo album, Volume 1, under the pseudonym Fear of Pop. Although the album went largely unnoticed, it included the song "In Love," which included overly dramatic vocals from none other than Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner (comparable in approach to Shatner's must-hear 1968 album, The Transformed Man) and which was performed on The Conan O'Brien Show shortly after the album's release. Ben Folds Five regrouped with 1999's The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner, which was a more mature work than its predecessors, although the energetic lead-off single, "Army," showed that Folds' humorous approach hadn't dulled at all. Folds officially went solo again in 2001 with Rockin' the Suburbs. A series of EPs followed, with the new long-player Songs for Silverman dropping in 2005. He released Supersunnyspeedgraphic: The LP the following year.

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