by Bill Pearis


After busting up the gang in 2000, snarky mid-’90s piano trio Ben Folds Five reunited this year with a new album on the way and a tour, which they’re on now. The tour stops at Central Park Summerstage tonight (9/14), their first NYC show in 12 years. Tickets for tonight’s show are still available. BFF will also return to the NYC area for a show at Port Chester’s Capitol Theatre on October 9 with Kate Miller Heidke (tickets) and a couple days later they will play opening night of New York Comic Con on October 11. Tckets for that are still available too.

Ben Folds Five, best known for their ballad “Brick” back when people still held up lighters at shows (1997), have a new album, The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind, which is their first since 1999 and is out next week (9/18). The record was funded via Pledgemusic and is a little mellower than the bouncy, fuzzy pop of their Clinton-era singles like “Underground” and “The Battle of Who Could Care Less” but his sense of humor seems intact. You can listen to tracks at SPIN, TeamCoco and Rolling Stone.

Ben Folds Five are also playing Florida’s Deluna Fest which happens September 21 – 23 in Pensacola Beach, FL and also features Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Bob Mould doing Copper Blue, Diplo, Florence & the Machine, Band of Horses, and many more. Tickets for Deluna Fest are still available and full line-up is below.

A list of all Ben Folds Five dates, a few classic clips and that Deluna Fest lineup are below…

Ben Folds Five – “Underground”

Ben Folds Five – “Song for the Dumped”

Ben Folds Five – “Battle for Who Could Care Less”

Ben Folds Five – “Brick”

Ben Folds Five – 2012 Tour Dates
Sep 14 2012 New York, NY – Central Park Summerstage
Sep 16 2012 Cary, NC – Koka Booth Amphitheatre
Sep 17 2012 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
Sep 18 2012 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
Sep 19 2012 Charleston, SC – North Charleston PAC
Sep 21 2012 Pensacola Beach, FL – DeLuna Fest
Sep 23 2012 Dallas, TX – Palladium Ballroom
Sep 24 2012 Austin, TX – Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheatre
Sep 25 2012 Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
Sep 27 2012 Council Bluffs, IA – Stir Cove at Harrahs
Sep 28 2012 Kansas City, MO – Starlight
Sep 29 2012 Minneapolis, MN – Orpheum Theatre
Sep 30 2012 Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
Oct 02 2012 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
Oct 03 2012 Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theatre
Oct 05 2012 Buffalo, NY – Kleinhas
Oct 06 2012 Columbia, MD – Virgin Mobile FreeFest
Oct 07 2012 Philadelphia, PA – Tower Theatre
Oct 09 2012 Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre
Oct 11 2012 New York, NY – NY Comic Con
Oct 13 2012 Boston, MA – House Of Blues Boston
Oct 15 2012 Toronto, ONT – Kool Haus
Nov 10 2012 Melbourne, Australia – Melbourne Harvest Festival
Nov 14 2012 Perth, Australia – Fremantle Arts Centre
Nov 16 2012 Adelaide, Australia – Thebarton Theatre
Nov 17 2012 Sydney, Australia – Parramatta Park
Nov 18 2012 Brisbane, Australia – Botanic Gardens
Nov 23 2012 Bristol, U.K. – O2 Academy
Nov 24 2012 Nottingham, U.K. – Rock City
Nov 26 2012 Dublin, Ireland – Vicar Street
Nov 29 2012 Manchester, U.K. – O2 Apollo
Nov 30 2012 Glasgow, U.K. – O2 Academy Glasgow
Dec 01 2012 Leeds, U.K. – O2 Academy Leeds
Dec 03 2012 Birmingham, U.K. – O2 Academy Birmingham
Dec 04 2012 London, U.K. – O2 Academy Brixton
Dec 05 2012 London, U.K. – O2 Academy Brixton

Deluna Festival 2012 Line-up
Pearl Jam
Foo Fighters
Zac Brown Band
Florence And The Machine
Band Of Horses
Jimmy Cliff
Dwight Yoakam
Fitz and the Tantrums
Ben Folds Five
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
DJ Jazzy Jeff
The Joy Formidable
The Gaslight Anthem
The Wallflowers
Guided By Voices
Bad Brains
Trampled by Turtles
Bob Mould plays COPPER BLUE
City And Colour
Band Of Skulls
12th Planet
Paper Diamond
The Wood Brothers
Walker Hayes
Kermit Ruffins And The Barbecue Swingers
Mike Doughty
The Corin Tucker Band
Rebirth Brass Band
Redd Kross
Blackberry Smoke
The Silos
Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk
AC Slater
Honey Island Swamp Band
Ben Sollee
The Canvas Waiting
Washboard Chaz w/ Tin Men
Charmaine Neville
Chris Thomas King
Legendary JC’s
Lights Resolve
Antoine Knight
Saints of Victory
The Villains
Kitt Lough
Hip Kitty
Deadly Fists of Kung-Fu
Pioneers! O Pioneers!
The Real Hooks