Ben Folds (or as I like to call him, Generation X’s Billy Joel) is hitting the University of Iowa for a show Sunday, March 2, in the Iowa Memorial Union’s main lounge.
Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $28 through (319) 363-1888 or www.ticketmaster.com
Folds was last in Eastern Iowa in early 2006 for a show in Cedar Falls. Despite the fact that it took place in a gym, it was one of my favorite concerts of the year.
Even though Folds’ latest album, 2005’s “Songs for Silverman,” was a bit of a disappointment, this guy has such a deep back catalog with Ben Folds Five that he can put together a heck of a show.
Songs like “Underground,” “Kate” and “Army” are some of the best songs that came out of the indie-rock scene in the ’90s. Plus, Folds’ zany charisma always makes for an entertaining spectacle.
If I were pretentious enough to claim to have “discovered” any band before most music geeks, I’d stake a claim to Ben Folds Five. I bought the group’s 1995 self-titled debut a few days after I saw the video for “Underground” on the late, great MTV show “120 Minutes.”
A few days after that, I saw that Folds was playing at The Fox Theatre in my hometown of Boulder, Colo. It was me and about 30 people watching Ben Folds Five play in a 500-capacity club. It was pretty damn cool.
For your listening and viewing pleasure, here’s some Ben Folds links:
“Underground” video at YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1gq4mQh6UA
“Kate” video at YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLkVOvHn-sU
“Army” video at YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjMOD8sjeXA
Who out there loves them some Folds?