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Press Release for Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Singer Ben Folds Performs 'Way to Normal' Concert at UNF

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

Singer-songwriter and pianist Ben Folds is coming in concert this spring to the University of North Florida Arena with special guest Jukebox the Ghost on Saturday, April 4, at 8 p.m.

Over the last 15 years, Folds’ first-class melodic gifts, irony-laced lyrics, and punk-rock tendency to play piano as if it were a contact sport have earned the North Carolina native a legion of devoted fans of all ages. “Way to Normal,” his third solo studio release, is dominated by the kind of irresistible hooks and piano-pounding pandemonium that listeners haven’t been treated to since Folds’ years with his previous band, the platinum-selling Ben Folds Five.

“Way to Normal” is an exuberant, raucous and sometimes profane mix of sure-fire crowd pleasers, cheerful snark-fests and thoughtful, moving ballads. “This new album is really about me being free, which is why it feels cathartic and expressive,” said Folds. “It’s about me coming back to being myself.”

The album’s buoyant mood could also be due to the fact that Folds recorded the majority of it at his own studio near his home in Nashville with his friends, long-time bassist Jared Reynolds and drummer Sam Smith. “We were just having a good time. This was the most fun I’ve ever had recording,” noted Folds.

Special guest Jukebox the Ghost will also be in concert. The Philadelphia-based three-piece rock band released their first LP last April. Since its release, the album has been met with critical praise from The Washington Post and Best Week Ever. Spin magazine exclaimed that “Jukebox the Ghost is a refreshing reminder that the lighthearted electricity of a fantastic pop song is still filled with live wires.”

Doors open for the concert at 7 p.m. Ticket costs are $10 for students with valid identification (limit two per ID); $15, UNF faculty, staff and military; $20, general public. Tickets are available at the UNF Ticket Box Office by calling (904) 620-2878.

This event is sponsored by Osprey Productions. For more information, call (904) 620-2460.