In a musical era, where the angst of 90′s rock reigned supreme, Ben Folds Five emerged from the depths of grunge with a softer, “punk rock for sissies” vibe. (His words, not mine!) Circa 1993, a sleepy little town in North Carolina was the setting for the formation of the alternative rock trio. Multi-instrumentalists Ben Folds, Robert Sledge, and Darren Jessee joined forces to produce three studio albums. The group found mainstream success with their single “Brick” from the album, Whatever and Ever Amen. You know the song whether you’re 20 or 40- “SheeEEE’s a brick and I’m drowning slowly.” The following album took a walk on the jazz side and resulted in what was said to be an amicable breakup in October 2000. Ben Folds made strides as a solo artists and found many avenues of success from writing to producing.
Like any great breakup story, the band reassembled in 2008 for a Myspace one-time concert- remember that website? So, here we are in 2012 and Ben Folds Five has reunited, once again, with their first live performance in years at the Mountain Jam Festival. The group hustled to make up for lost time, with appearances at Bonnaroo, Summerfest, a brand new album, The Sound of the Life of the Mind, and a full-blown American tour.
No American tour is complete without a stop in good ‘ole Austin, Texas. Throw in a little bar-b-que, and Stubbs is your source of Monday night merriment. Aussie pop sensation, Kate Miller-Heidke, joins Ben Folds Five at Stubbs on 9/24. Click here to win tickets!
Reunited and it feels so good.