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MOKB & WTTS Present
Friday, February 17, 2017 at 8:00PM

Buskirk-Chumley Theater/BCT Box Office
114 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47408

MEET BEN FOLDS! See below for information on two VIP ticket options.

Ben Folds is widely regarded as one of the major music influencers of our generation. He’s spent over a decade sharing the stage with some of the world’s greatest symphony orchestras– from Sydney, Australia to the Kennedy Center, performing his pop hits and his critically acclaimed concerto for Piano and Orchestra.

For five seasons he was a judge on the popular NBC series The Sing Off, which catapulted the art of a cappella into the national spotlight and helped launch the careers of numerous a cappella groups. Throughout his career, Folds has created an enormous body of genre-bending musical art that includes pop albums as the front man for Ben Folds Five and multiple solo rock albums, as well as unique collaborative records with artists from Sara Bareilles and Regina Spektor to Weird Al and William Shatner.

His most recent album is a blend of pop and classical original works, in part recorded with the revered classical sextet yMusic that soared to #1 on both the Billboard classical and classical crossover charts.

Folds is back to pound pianos again with cross-country solo touring reminiscent of his earliest solo tours, where he defied skeptics by delivering a high-energy rock performance using the intimacy of just a piano. In addition to his self-described love of performing and making music “for humans,” Folds is also an avid photographer, and a member of the distinguished Sony Artisans of Imagery. Folds is also an advocate for music education and music therapy as a member of Artist Committee of Americans for the Arts, and he serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Nashville Symphony.

Kadhja Bonet will be the opener for this show. Kadhja Bonet's debut album 'The Visitor' opens with an awe you'd expect from the golden age of cinema, somewhere between "Cinderella" and "Barbarella" in its half-mythical atmosphere. Its curtains draw back to the ascendant fanfare of "Earth Birth," with keys and choirs science-fictionally echoing down from deep space, as Kadhja -- pronounced "kad-ya" -- invites us into a world not wholly our own, where past and future meet in a parallel, yet far lovelier, present. Even as this overture fades and Kadhja's voice velvetly emerges on "Honeycomb," we still feel we're drifting into a timeless, unplaceable realm of Kadhja's own making. This very timelessness sends many a reviewer scrambling to find her nearest genre or closest musical cousins. They will blurb about classical, jazz, soul, folk, and even psychedelia, but ultimately fail to comfortably place her -- this, all by Kadhja's design. For if she were "folk" -- maybe poetically comparable to a Karen Dalton or a Sibylle Baier -- it would only be the folk of some future aeon, a thousand years hence. If her rich instrumentation of strings and wind strikes us as "classic," it's not because it harkens to any past era or vogue, but because Kadhja paints in a perennial imagery that could as much be now as then as any other time.

Doors will open at 7:30pm.

Choose one of two VIP ticket options:

AMAA (Ask Me Almost Anything…About Music): A Ben Folds Master Class – $279 per person - Only 30 available!
o One premium reserved seat in the orchestra pit with early access to the BCT
o Master Class with Ben Folds (no piano experience necessary!)
o Meet & greet / photo opportunity with Ben Folds
o Private pre-show soundcheck access
o Pre-show access to a private cash bar serving signature Ben Folds cocktails
o One exclusive 2017 Ben Folds journal and pen, exclusive to AMAA guests
o One Ben Folds photo print (to be signed by Ben during the meet & greet/photo opportunity)
o Crowd-free merchandise shopping
o On-site concert host

The Folds Fan Soundcheck Experience – $159 per ticket package
o One premium reserved seat on the orchestra level (non-orchestra pit seats) with early access to the BCT
o Private pre-show soundcheck access
o Pre-show access to a private cash bar serving signature Ben Folds cocktails
o One Ben Folds merchandise item, exclusive to Soundcheck Experience guests
o One Ben Folds photo print
o Crowd-free merchandise shopping
o On-site concert host

Both VIP experiences will happen prior to the concert. Exact times will be provided via email to attendees, by tour management, at least a week prior to the show. Only 30 Master Class and 175 Soundcheck packages will be available. If not sold out, sales of the VIP packages will end Friday, February 10th.