4 Reasons to Go See the Barenaked Ladies and Ben Folds at the Mountain Winery

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The Barenaked Ladies and Ben Folds/The Last Summer On Earth

As you’ve probably heard, outside of San Francisco, it’s a magical season called “summer.” This is a time when the sun shines and girls wear dresses and everyone swims in lakes and rivers. Another sure sign of summer is the Outdoor Concert Extravaganza. Bonaroo, Coachella, Sasquatch. People gather in numbers to watch their favorite bands perform as they drink beer and eat expensive slices of pizza. This year, I submit that instead of a big festival, you head up to the Mountain Winery and relive the late 1990s and early 2000s with the Barenaked Ladies and Ben Folds. Why? Here’s why:

1. The crowd will be less obnoxious than your usual summer concert crowd.

The inherent nerdiness of both the Barenaked Ladies and Ben Folds, as well as the fact that their main radio heyday came about 10 years ago, leads me to believe that the crowd will be full of true fans, not Johnny-Come-Latelys screaming requests for “Brick” or “One Week.” The other thing this means no one will glare at you when you sing along at the top of your lungs to every song. Also, BNL is from Canada, so it stands to reason their audience is very polite.

2. Ben Folds by himself is just as awesome, if not more awesome, than Ben Folds with his Five.

Amazing covers, good stories and audience participation. See the evidence:

“Such Great Heights”:

“Not The Same”:

3. The Mountain Winery is a classy joint.

You’re a grown-up now. Why not take your outside concert experience to the next level? Adult level. The level that has fancy dining options and merlot. No more eating old bananas and pot cookies in the dirt. This isn’t a muddy field or a parking lot. This is a winery. Growing up, it turns out, doesn’t have to be all bad.

4. The Barenaked Ladies are like, the nicest, most entertaining guys of all time.

See below for their friendship with Weird Al, the children playing in front of the stage and even more audience particpation.

The Barenaked Ladies and Ben Folds are playing for their tour, The Last Summer On Earth, at the Mountain Winery on Tuesday, June 25 and Wednesday, June 26. Get your tickets!

  • Stan

    Lizzy, it’s Ben Folds Five not Ben Folds by himself.

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Lizzy Acker

Lizzy Acker’s work has been published in Nano Fiction, Fanzine, Joyland, Eleven Eleven and elsewhere. She has read with Bang Out, RADAR, Quiet Lightening and others. Her first book, Monster Party, was released in December of 2010 by Small Desk Press.

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