Published Jun 12, 2017Though Ben Folds was recently named as the first-ever Artistic Advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, he isn't letting his new gig get in the way of live performance.
The singer/composer/producer has mapped out the lengthy "Paper Airplane Request Tour," which is set to kick off this summer and run throughout the fall. As is custom at many of his solo shows, audience members will launch song requests towards Folds onstage using paper airplanes.
"Taking paper airplane requests from fans is fun, and gives everyone in the room a chance to request what they'd like to hear," Folds said in a statement. "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."
Canadian listeners will have to chances to wind up and launch an airplane request this fall. Folds will stop at Vancouver's Vogue Theatre on September 30 before playing Toronto's Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 24.
"Paper Airplane Request Tour" runs from August 27 to November 12, though Folds has some U.S. shows before it kicks off.
Tickets for all the "Paper Airplane Request Tour" dates go on sale Friday (June 16) at 10 a.m. local time. Read through the complete tour itinerary below.
07/21 San Francisco, CA - Davies Symphony Hall
07/26 Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap
07/29 Park City, UT - Deer Valley Music Festival
08/26 Davenport, IA - Alternating Currents Festival
08/27 Laurence, KS - Liberty Hall
08/28 Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom
08/29 Little Rock, AR - Robinson Auditorium
08/31 Macon, GA - Cox Capital Theatre
09/01 Augusta, GA - The Riverwalk Revival
09/02 Sugar Hill, GA - The Bowl at Sugar Hill
09/14 Houston, TX - House of Blues
09/15 Dallas, TX - House of Blues
09/16 San Antonio, TX - The Aztec Theatre
09/17 Austin, TX - Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater
09/19 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
09/21 Tuscon, AZ - Rialto Theatre
09/22 Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
09/23 San Diego, CA - House of Blues
09/24 Los Angeles, CA - The Theatre at Ace Hotel
09/26 Sacramento, CA - Crest Theatre
09/28 Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
09/29 Seattle, WA - The Moore Theatre
09/30 Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
10/19 Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theatre
10/20 Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore
10/21 New York, NY - King's Theatre
10/22 Pittsburgh, PA - Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
10/24 Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
10/26 Columbus, OH - Express Live!
10/27 Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
10/28 Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
10/29 Grand Rapids, MI - 20 Monroe Live
11/01 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
11/03 St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
11/04 Indianapolis, IN - MUrat Theatre at Old National Centre
11/07 Jackson, MS - Jackson Prepr Fortenberry Theatre
11/10 Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theatre
11/11 Tampa, FL - Ferguson Hall
11/12 Miami, FL - Olympia Theatre
01/12 Minneapolis, MN - Orchestra Hall
01/20 Minneapolis, MN - Orchestra Hall