Wednesday, 19 March 2014 16:44

Indie Best Bet: Ben Folds

Written by  Emma Kat Richardson
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Ben Folds
Gilmore Keyboard Festival, Kalamazoo
April 26, 8 p.m.
$45-$55, (269) 387-2300

OK, we already know exactly what you’re thinking: “Wow. A whole festival devoted to keyboards!” That’s it, right? Only thing about the heading that gripped you? Or was it the fact that BEN FREAKIN’ FOLDS is going to be in KALA-MA-FREAKIN-ZOO, and oh hey, that’s kind of right next door, no matter where you are in West Michigan. But wait, let’s just simmer down for a minute here and get our bearings. For 25 years, the biennial Keyboard Festival has been bringing exactly this sort of prestige and excitement to the the area, and we’ve definitely come to expect the best from them when it comes to all things keyboard-related. Yup, that includes the key-tar and the keyboard tie. But what of our beloved Mr. Folds? In addition to judging NBC’s "The Sing-Off," he’s been keeping busy by producing, advocating on behalf of music education in public schools, and of course, doing a little recording of his own. Then there’s the Keyboard Festival itself, which is likely to receive an enthusiastic turnout, thanks to the A-list billing in play here. Suburbs, go ahead and consider yourselves rocked.

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