In Photos: Cake, Ben Folds at Queens’ Forest Hills Stadium (8/17)

A pleasant, feel-good evening in New York's smallest stadium venue

Ben Folds and Cake In Photos Review Queens New York Forest Hills Stadium Ben Kaye

In the thick of a sticky, humid New York City summer, sometimes it just takes the right show at the right time to make you feel refreshed. With a storm threatening over the horizon but never quite arriving Friday evening, Queens’ remarkably intimate Forest Hills Stadium had just the right temperature for a perfect outdoor concert. And with Ben Folds and Cake taking the stage for their co-headlining tour, there was just the right amount of slightly nostalgic vibes for a feel-good break from the heat.

Folds began his set solo, but was soon joined by openers Tall Heights by the end of “Annie Waits”. He also had his own band members, including a harmonica player in place of a bassist, bringing a unique and fun sound to hits like “Jesusland” and “Levi Johnston’s Blues”. Unfortunately, Cake were forced to end their set early (likely because of the threatening lightning creeping in from behind the stadium seating). Still, they managed to cram in a 12-song set that hit all the highlights (“Never There”, “The Distance”) and a nice surprise for the encore: a cover of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs”.

Photographer Ben Kaye was there to capture the night, and you can see his gallery below, followed by setlists for both acts. Follow him and Consequence of Sound on Instagram.

Ben Folds Setlist:
Phone in a Pool
The Ascent of Stan
Annie Waits
Battle of Who Could Care Less
Forest Hills
Levi Johnston’s Blues
So There
You Don’t Know Me
Still Fighting It
Do it Anyway
Zak and Sara
Rockin’ the Suburbs
Not the Same

Cake Setlist:
Frank Sinatra
Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps
Long Time
Sinking Ship
Stickshifts & Safetybelts
Sad Songs and Waltzes
Opera Singer
Sick of You
Never There
Short Skirt/Long Jacket
The Distance
War Pigs (Black Sabbath cover)


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