Smithsonian Associates Hosts an Evening With Singer-Songwriter Ben Folds

News Release, Smithsonian Institutes

Ben Folds (Photo: Joe Vaughn)

Smithsonian Associates will host an informal and intimate evening with Ben Folds Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 6:45 p.m. at the National Museum of the American Indian’s Rasmuson Theater. In conversation with NPR Music editor and reviewer Stephen Thompson, Folds will discuss what it took to move from a working-class childhood to stardom. He will also perform a few songs.

Folds has crafted a wide-ranging career path that has sometimes been as unexpected as it has been successful. The former frontman of Ben Folds Five has worked with artists as diverse as Sara Bareilles, Regina Spektor, and William Shatner was a judge for five seasons on NBC’s The Sing-Off, composed a piano concerto that topped the Billboard charts and is the first artistic advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra. He is also an outspoken champion for arts education and music therapy and serves as chair of ArtsVote 2020, which focuses on holding presidential candidates accountable on arts issues.

Folds will share how his personal life intersects with his songwriting, why he insists that the ups and downs are essential for any artist and how paying his dues and never losing sight of his dream of a creative life helped shape him into the musician he wanted to be. His first book, a memoir titled A Dream About Lightning Bugs: A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons (Ballantine Books), will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

Ticket prices for the Smithsonian Associates’ presentation are $35 for general admission and $25 for members. For information, the public may call (202) 633-3030 or visit

For more than 50 years, Smithsonian Associates—the largest museum-based education program in the world—has produced vibrant educational and cultural programming that brings the Smithsonian to life. Inspired by the Smithsonian’s research, collections and exhibitions, each year nearly 1,000 public programs spark creativity and excite learning in people of all ages.

The Southern Maryland Chronicle is a local, small business entrusted to provide factual, unbiased reporting to the Southern Maryland Community. While we look to local businesses for advertising, we hope to keep that cost as low as possible in order to attract even the smallest of local businesses and help them get out to the public. We must also be able to pay employees(part-time and full-time), along with equipment, and website related things. We never want to make the Chronicle a “pay-wall” style news site.

To that end, we are looking to the community to offer donations. Whether it’s a one-time donation or you set up a reoccurring monthly donation. It is all appreciated. All donations at this time will be going to furthering the Chronicle through hiring individuals that have the same goals of providing fair, and unbiased news to the community. For now, donations will be going to a business PayPal account I have set-up for the Southern Maryland Chronicle, KDC Designs. All business transactions currently occur within this PayPal account. If you have any questions regarding this you can email me at

Thank you for all of your support and I hope to continue bringing Southern Maryland the best news possible for a very long time. — David M. Higgins II

© 2019 The Southern Maryland Chronicle. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.