The North Charleston Performing Arts Center announced today that pop songwriter and pianist Ben Folds has reassembled his band the Ben Folds Five and scheduled a string of fall concerts. Folds, drummer Darren Jessee, and bassist/guitarist Robert Sledge are solid for a show at the PAC on Wed. Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. with support from Australian singer/songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke.
The Ben Folds Five formed in 1993 in Chapel Hill, N.C., and they quickly rose to prominence in the mid-’90s for their jazz-accented power-pop styles. The song ”Underground,” from their self-titled debut on the Caroline label, made a splash in 1995. In 1997, the band’s single “Brick,” from their album Whatever and Ever Amen, earned massive mainstream radio play. In 2000, Folds stepped away from the band to pursue solo efforts. The year’s tour marks the first time the three bandmates have hit the road in 12 years. A new Ben Folds Five studio album is due for release later this year.
Tickets for reserved seats go on sale for $45 and $63.50 on Fri. July 13 at 10 a.m. at the North Charleston Coliseum’s Advance Ticket Office, via Ticketmaster outlets (including select Publix stores), by phone at (800) 745-3000, and online at ticketmaster.com.
“I’m so excited to get back down there and play,” Vaden says. “Music City life is good. I’ve been writing a lot and I’m starting to get studio sessions. I’m also starting to build my own project, which should be putting a record out by this fall on Shrimp records. Drivin’ N Cryin’ have been busy recording with Paul Ebersold in Nashville, too.”
On Fri. June 29, Drivin’ N Cryin’ will headline Party at the Point at the Charleston Harbor Resort. Admission is $15. Local Americana-rock songwriter Luke Cunningham will open the show at 6 p.m. Drivin’ N Cryin’ recently released an EP titled Songs from the Laundromat featuring the single “R.E.M.” Three more EPs are on the way this year.
Here's a video interview we did with Vaden back in December.
Veteran singer/songwriter Lindsey Buckingham — an acclaimed musician and vocalist known best for his work with Fleetwood Mac — recently embarked on a summer solo tour of the U.S. The skillful finger-style guitarist will play an intimate
one-man show" at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on Sat. Aug. 4 in support of his latest solo collection Seeds We Sow (Mind Kit/Fontana). His set list will include a variety of Fleetwood Mac classics as well.
“As I’ve grown as an artist, I’ve gotten more and more in touch with my center,” Buckingham states in a recent press release. “And that center is voice and guitar. Over time, it has become increasingly vital to express more with less. That is my touchstone now, and the embodiment of that philosophy is what will be largely represented in the new show.”
Buckingham joined Fleetwood Mac in 1974. His songwriting contributions include “Monday Morning,” “Second Hand News,” “Never Going Back Again,” “Go Your Own Way,” and “Tusk.” He left the band in 1987 to concentrate on solo efforts, but he's rejoined the group over the years.
Tickets for reserved seats go on sale Fri. June 22 at 10 a.m. via the North Charleston Coliseum advance ticket office, Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at (800) 745-3000, and at ticketmaster.com. Prices range from $32 to $62. Visit northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com and lindseybuckingham.com for more.
Entertainment Weekly praised the album and its “lovely troubadour melodies,” while Relix hailed it as “an album full of undeniable folk-rock hooks, gospel overtones, infectious lyrics, orchestral swells and a whole lot of love.”
The band plans on releasing a follow up to Here later this year. Sharpe and the band will also be releasing a film directed by Emmett Malloy, highlighting the group’s 2011 Railroad Revival Tour with Mumford and Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show. The film, titled Big Easy Express, premiered at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival and took home the Headliner Audience Award. It will be available June 26 on iTunes.
Tickets for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros go on sale Fri. June 22 at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available at the Coliseum Advance Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster outlets (including select Publix grocery stores), or by phone at (800) 745-3000. Visit edwardsharpeandthemagneticzeros.com and northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com for more. —Evan Berke
With feel-good acoustics under the summer night sky, the outdoor show could be a great way to wind down from your Independence Day festivities. Led by vocalists and founding members Danny Hutton and Corey Wells, the Grammy Award-nominated band will perform live on the plantation’s back lawn.
Beer, wine, and a variety of food will be available for purchase. VIP seats are available for $35.50 each and general admission tickets are going for $25. VIP tables are also available for $260, so you can belt out the words to all of your favorite classics with family and friends. “Joy to the World,” “Mama Told Me (Not to Come),” or “Shambala,” anyone?