Ben Folds, Author, Musician, Singer, Songwriter & Producer will be In Conversation about his New Hardcover Memoir ~ A Dream About Lightning Bugs: A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Ben Folds, Author, Musician, Singer, Songwriter & Producer, will be In Conversation with Vivien Jennings, Founder & President of Rainy Day Books about Ben's New Hardcover Memoir A Dream About Lightning Bugs: A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons.

ABOUT THE BOOK:  Ben Folds is a celebrated American Singer & Songwriter, beloved for songs such as “Brick”, “You Don’t Know Me”, “Rockin’ the Suburbs”, and “The Luckiest”, and is the former frontman of the alternative rock band Ben Folds Five.  But Folds will be the first to tell you he’s an unconventional icon, more normcore than hardcore.

Now, in his 1st Book, Folds looks back at his life so far in a charming and wise chronicle of his artistic coming of age, infused with the wry observations of a natural storyteller.  In the Title Chapter, A Dream About Lightning Bugs, Folds recalls his earliest childhood dream—and realizes how much it influenced his understanding of what it means to be an artist.  In “Measure Twice, Cut Once” he learns to resist the urge to skip steps during the creative process.  In “Hall Pass” he recounts his 1970s North Carolina working-class childhood, and in “Cheap Lessons” he returns to the painful life lessons he learned the hard way—but that luckily didn’t kill him.

In his inimitable voice, both relatable and thought-provoking, Folds digs deep into the life experiences that shaped him, imparting hard-earned wisdom about both art and life.  Collectively, these stories embody the message Folds has been singing about for years: Smile like you’ve got nothing to prove, because it hurts to grow up, and life flies by in seconds.

ABOUT BEN FOLDS:  Ben Folds is an American Musician who has created an enormous body of genre-bending music that includes pop albums with Ben Folds Five, multiple solo albums, a classical piano concerto, and collaborations with artists ranging from Regina Spektor to William Shatner.  Folds, who was also a Judge for 5 Seasons on NBC’s acclaimed a capella show The Sing-Off, was named the first ever Artistic Advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in 2017.  He is an outspoken champion for arts education and music therapy, serving on the distinguished Artist Committee of Americans for the Arts, and as Chairman of the national ArtsVote 2020 initiative.

DATE & TIME:  Friday, August 16, 2019, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.  Doors will OPEN on Friday, August 16, 2019, at 1:00 PM in order to accommodate arrival of our Attendees as this Author Event Runs from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

LOCATION:  A Rainy Day Books Author Event at Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112.  A Multi-Level Parking Garage is adjacent to Unity Temple on The Plaza.  Parking is Complimentary.

EVENT FORMAT:  Ben Folds will be In Conversation with Vivien Jennings, Founder & President of Rainy Day Books about his New Hardcover Memoir A Dream About Lightning Bugs: A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons, and answer audience questions.  The Presentation will last approximately 1 Hour.  A Booksigning will follow the Presentation.

ADMISSION PACKAGE (1 or 2 People plus 1 Hardcover):  $37.50 Includes 1 Hardcover of A Dream About Lightning Bugs: A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons, 1 General Admission Booksigning Ticket, and 1 Single Guest Admission Ticket (if needed, so you can bring a friend for the same price!), Kansas Sales Tax, and Brown Paper Tickets Service Fee.  Your PRINTED TICKET will be your VOUCHER to redeem your 1 Hardcover of A Dream About Lightning Bugs: A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons upon ARRIVAL in the Unity Temple Lobby for our Author Event.  ADMISSION PACKAGE SINGLE GUEST TICKETS will be distributed as requested upon ARRIVAL in the Unity Temple Lobby for our Author Event.

Author Event Booksigning Line Photographs will be available after our Author Event to Find Your Photo at BenFolds.SmugMug.com

Admission Packages were available for purchase ONLY Online through Brown Paper Tickets at BenFolds-RainyDayBooks.BrownPaperTickets.com  Limit of 2 Admission Packages Per Person.  Admission Packages are Non-Transferable. 

A Limited number of Authorn Autographed Hardcovers of A Dream About Lightning Bugs can be Ordered from Rainy Day Books through the Link at bottom of this Webpage.

A LIMITED NUMBER OF ADMISSION PACKAGES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR WALK-INS AT THIS AUTHOR EVENT.

ADMISSION PACKAGES ARE NOW "NOT AVAILABLE" AT BROWN PAPER TICKETS.

PLEASE NOTE:  Ticketholders will receive their Hardcovers of A Dream About Lightning Bugs: A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons  at this Event.  Your PRINTED TICKET will be your VOUCHER to redeem your 1 Hardcover of A Dream About Lightning Bugs: A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons upon ARRIVAL in the Unity Temple Lobby for our Author Event.

The Publication & Sale Date for A Dream About Lightning Bugs is Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final, non-exchangeable, and non-refundable.

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Event date: 
Friday, August 16, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Event address: 
Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary
707 W 47th Street
Kansas City, MO 64112

AUTHOR AUTOGRAPHED HARDCOVER ONLY:  1 Author Autographed Hardcover of A Dream About Lightning Bugs: A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons by Ben Folds.  Pre-Order your Hardcovers for At-Event or In-Store Pick-Up, or Shipment beginning Saturday, August 17, 2019.


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