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Ben Folds Five Performs at The Pearl at Palms in Las Vegas

Ben Folds Five Performs at The Pearl at Palms in Las Vegas
Ben Folds Five
put on an amazing live performance of their unique brand of piano alt rock last night at The Pearl at Palms. This was the first time the band has played a full live show in Las Vegas since 1999 (Photo credit: Edison Graff)

Ben Folds Five performs at The Pearl at Palms in Las Vegas
Ben Folds Five performs at The Pearl at Palms in Las Vegas

Photo credit: Edison Graff.

In January 2012, Ben Folds Five hit the studio and adopted a simple and classic method of recording, with piano, bass, and drums all within 10 feet of each other. Armed with a cache of hooks, melodies and other intriguing ideas, Ben Folds Five embraced a loose improvisational tack, letting nature and inspiration take its course. To subsidize the project, Ben Folds Five teamed with Pledge Music for a direct-to-fans campaign, devoting a substantial portion of all funds raised to support music education and music therapy programs, a charitable cause near and dear to the band’s hearts.

Ben Folds Five performs at The Pearl at Palms in Las Vegas
Ben Folds Five performs at The Pearl at Palms in Las Vegas

Photo credit: Edison Graff.

Thanks to their loyal audience, the effort proved wildly successful. They posted the album on Pledge Music at midnight and by morning, the album was paid for. The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind burst into the top 10 of the SoundScan/Billboard 200 upon its September release – the band’s highest ever chart debut. All three members see Ben Folds Five carrying on for the foreseeable future, the band now part of a bigger picture and not the be-all and end-all of their youth.

Ben Folds Five performs at The Pearl at Palms in Las Vegas
Ben Folds Five performs at The Pearl at Palms in Las Vegas

Photo credit: Edison Graff.Photo credit: Edison Graff.