Newly named Artistic Advisor Ben Folds curates, hosts and performs with the National Symphony Orchestra—conducted by Jacomo Bairos—for a special evening that features new music and hits by Folds, singer/composer/producer/guitarist Blake Mills, and Cuban R&B/rap singer Danay Suarez. This inaugural concert from the Ben Folds Presents series spotlights a unique multi-genre melding of 21st-century pop and orchestral music for all ages. Pre- and post-concert events for attendees will also be held in the foyer and Millennium Stage, including a free after-party with live band karaoke featuring HariKaraoke.
More about the DECLASSIFIED concert concept:
These late-night Friday programs feature bold and boundary-breaking music, dynamic multimedia, exciting pre/post-concert performances and parties, and audience interaction. Plus, you can bring drinks and snacks into the Concert Hall.
More about Blake Mills:
Since quietly making his debut album Break Mirrors, which critics hailed as one of the best albums of 2010, Blake Mills has been consistently busy. In 205, he produced the highly acclaimed sophomore album Sound & Color for Alabama Shakes, which reached #1 on Billboard charts and won four Grammy Awards®. He has also produced music ranging from albums by John Legend, Perfume Genius, Dawes, and Laura Marling to music for ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Sara Watkins, Fiona Apple, Sky Ferreira, and many others. Mills composed original music for the 2015 Oscar®-nominated film Joy starring Jennifer Lawrence, and as a session player and sideman he has worked with Beck, Jackson Browne, Lucinda Williams, Band of Horses, Frank Ocean, and Neil Diamond, among others. Rick Rubin and T Bone Burnett frequently call upon his services as a guitarist.