BY TER STAFF
Ben Folds kicked it old school tonight as he jammed solo, bringing his Ben Folds And A Piano Tour to the historic Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee, WI. With an audience packed full of true Ben Folds fans, the Wisconsin crowd was excited to hear a variety of Ben Folds’ newest tracks, and equally ecstatic to hear his classics as well.
What made this performance so special, was its simplicity and creative level of audience participation. Whether Folds is accompanied by the Ben Folds Five, a live orchestra or just himself, the North Carolina singer/songwriter always delivers; but there is something beautiful about stripping things down to just a man and his piano. And more so than other shows, this one was all about the fans. In fact, halfway through the performance, Folds had his audience write song requests on a piece of paper, form their requests into a paper airplane, and fly the songs to the stage.
For the rest of the concert, Folds constructed his setlist from the paper airplane requests, making for a unique experience for fans. By pure chance and probability, and the diversity of fans’ requests, Milwaukee and all other tour stops had a special setlist that only fans in attendance for that particular will ever experience. By definition, Milwaukee received a performance from Ben Folds unlike all others.
Check out our photos from last night’s performance below and peep the remaining dates on the Ben Folds And A Piano Tour here.
Photos by Halley Shaw/The Early Registration