Ben Folds and Cake Gear Up for Joint 10-Date August Tour
'An Evening with Cake and Ben Folds' kicks off Aug. 13 in Boston
Folds most famously collaborated with Cake lead singer John McCrea on “Fred Jones Part 2,” a track on Folds’ 2001 solo debut Rockin' the Surburbs. In the intervening years they’ve shared numerous stages together, but this marks their first full-on joint tour.
“Cake — my rough contemporaries, comrades and heroes. To me, they make universal, poetic, identifiable music with a groove,” Folds says in a press release. “I’ve learned a lot from these guys and I’m proud as punch to be on tour with them this summer.”
McCrea shared his own thoughts in the release. “In a culture often conflicted about its relationship to melody, and songwriting generally, Ben continues unapologetically to provide melodic clarity and musicality,” he says in part. “This co-headline line up seems like a good combination of musical styles — disparate but not antithetical to each other — and it should be a solid evening of music.”
Folds, who released the collaborative album So There with the yMusic Ensemble in 2015, was recently named a 2018 inductee of Nashville’s Music City Walk of Fame Park. In addition to his musical contributions, he’s also being honored for his efforts to save the legendary RCA Studio A recording facility, which was facing demolition. This year’s fellow inductees include Brenda Lee, Jeannie Seely and Ray Stevens.
Aug. 13 – Boston, MA at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Aug. 15 – Asbury Park, NJ at Stone Pony Summer Stage
Aug. 16 – Philadelphia, PA at The Mann Center
Aug. 17 – Forest Hills, NY at Forest Hills Stadium
Aug. 18 – Columbia, MD at Merriweather Post Pavilion
Aug. 19 – Richmond, VA at Classic Amphitheatre
Aug. 21 – Nashville, TN at Ascend Amphitheater
Aug. 22 – Highland Park, IL at Ravinia Festival
Aug. 23 – Milwaukee, WI at BMO Harris Bank Center
Aug. 25 – Indianapolis, IN at Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn