Ben Folds Invites Audiences To “Paper Airplane Request Tour”
Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:48:16
Recently named as the first-ever Artistic Advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, Ben Folds has been pretty busy. However, ever keen to remain busy and take on more responsibilities, the singer has just announced a new string of live performances.
The "Paper Airplane Request Tour" is set to kick off this summer, and will continue to run throughout the fall. Fans of the singer/composer/producer will be familiar with the custom at many of his solo shows that sees audience members throwing song requests at the star, using paper airplanes.
Announcing the tour Folds said, "Taking paper airplane requests from fans is fun, and gives everyone in the room a chance to request what they'd like to hear."
"The first time I brought up paper airplane requests was when I tweeted before a show: 'If you have a song you want me to play, then write it down on a piece of paper and launch it as a paper airplane after I give the countdown.' The response was incredible, with waves of paper airplanes flying from the audience on to the stage right on cue."
Building an entire tour on the premise of audience interaction is surely something that fans of the artist will appreciate — and it certainly gives you a good change of direct communication with the man, and the possibility that you'll get the exact song you wanted to hear performed life. Let's just hope that no naughty notes are passed.
"Paper Airplane Request Tour" runs from August 27 to November 12, though Folds has some U.S. shows before it kicks off.
All dates are listed below. —
Ben Folds — 2017 Tour Dates
Jun 30 Kennedy Center Washington, DC
Jul 21 Davies Symphony Hall San Francisco, CA
Jul 26 Wolf Trap Vienna, VA
Aug 26 Adler Theatre Davenport, IA
Aug 27 Liberty Hall Lawrence, KS
Aug 28 Cain's Ballroom Tulsa, OK
Aug 29 Robinson Performance Hall Little Rock, AR
Aug 31 Cox Capitol Theatre Macon, GA
Sep 14 House of Blues Houston Houston, TX
Sep 15 House of Blues Dallas Dallas, TX
Sep 16 Aztec Theatre San Antonio, TX
Sep 19 Ogden Theatre Denver, CO
Sep 21 The Rialto Theatre Tucson, AZ
Sep 23 House of Blues San Diego San Diego, CA
Sep 24 The Theatre at Ace Hotel Los Angeles, CA
Sep 26 Crest Theatre Sacramento, CA
Sep 28 Roseland Theater Portland, OR
Sep 30 Vogue Theatre Vancouver, Canada
Oct 19 Count Basie Theatre Red Bank, NJ
Oct 20 The Fillmore Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA
Oct 21 Kings Theatre Brooklyn, NY
Oct 22 Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall Munhall, PA
Oct 24 The Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, Canada
Oct 26 Express Live! Columbus, OH
Oct 27 The Fillmore Detroit Detroit, MI
Oct 28 Riviera Theatre Chicago, IL
Oct 29 20 Monroe Live Grand Rapids, MI
Nov 01 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
Nov 03 The Pageant St Louis, MO
Nov 04 Murat Theatre at Old National Centre Indianapolis, IN
Nov 07 Jackson Prep Flowood, MS
Nov 10 The Florida Theatre Jacksonville, FL
Nov 11 Ferguson Hall at the David A. Straz Center, Jr. Center Tampa, FL
Nov 12 Olympia Theater at Gusman Center Miami, FL
—The ARTISTdirect Staff