Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five, Guster set for Bangor Waterfront on July 21

Ben Folds in February.
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Ben Folds in February.
By Emily Burnham, BDN Staff
Posted March 18, 2013, at 10:04 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Three bands that had major hits in the 1990s and have enjoyed continued popularity are set to perform at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion on the Bangor Waterfront. The Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five and Guster will join the growing roster of Waterfront Concerts already slated for this season on Sunday, July 21. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, March 22.

The Barenaked Ladies performed on the Waterfront stage last summer and they continue their yearly “Last Summer on Earth Tour” with another stop in Bangor. BNL was formed in Toronto in the late ’80s, and over the course of 25 years has scored five Top 10 hits, including “One Week” and “If I Had a Million Dollars,” and has sold more than 15 million albums. Their last album, “Stop Us If You’ve Heard This One Before,” a compilation of rare and live tracks, was released last May. They also are known for having written and performed the theme song to the CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory.” The band has played in Maine more than 10 times over the past two decades.

Ben Folds Five formed 20 years ago as an ironically-named trio featuring singer-songwriter and pianist Ben Folds, bassist Robert Sledge and drummer Darren Jessee. The band released three albums throughout the ’90s, including 1997’s “Whatever and Ever, Amen,” which went platinum and spawned the Top 40 radio hit “Brick.” The group disbanded in 2000, but reunited in 2011; the ensuing album, “The Sound of the Life of the Mind,” came out in September 2012. Prior to that, Ben Folds released a number of solo albums, was a judge on NBC’s a cappella singing competition show “The Sing Off,” and produced albums for everyone from William Shatner to Amanda Palmer.

Alternative rock trio Guster formed in Boston in the early ’90s, and has had wide success as a touring act, along with popular radio singles “Fa Fa” and “Amsterdam.” They have released six studio albums, including 2010’s “Easy Wonderful,” and two live albums, including 2004’s “Guster on Ice,” recorded at Portland’s State Theatre. Lead singer and guitarist Adam Gardner lives in Portland and runs an environmental non-profit called Reverb with his wife, Lauren.

Tickets for the July 21 concert go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, March 22, and are priced at $30.75 to $84.75, and are available online at Ticketmaster.com, at waterfrontconcerts.com, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or the venue box office located at Mark’s Music in Brewer.

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