We may not be serving dessert, but Cake is definitely on the menu. You’ll remember these ‘90s music icons from their giant genre-blending hits like, “Going the Distance” and “Short Skirt/Long Jacket.” Their quirky, unconventional rock stylings fuse country, mariachi, and hip-hop into experimental righteousness. With trumpet, guitar, drums and John McRae’s lead vocals, these 916 natives have been constant earworms in the heads of alternative audiences around the world since 1991. It’s been eight years since the release of their last album, Showroom of Compassion, but the band has definitely not shied away from the mainstage since then. In fact, the group is reuniting with the ever-so-wonderful and equally quirky Ben Folds for another tour. Folds is known popularly for his songs “The Luckiest” and “You Don’t Know Me,” using jazz and power-pop influences. Last year, the two acts co-headlined a tour focusing on East Coast locations, but this time around will be accompanied by Tall Heights and will focus on the West Coast between Sept. 5–19. This includes a hometown stop at the Golden 1 Center Sept. 11. CAKE is known for giving a special fan at each show a tree as their sign of appreciation, so be sure not to miss this treat! All ages are welcome. For more information and tickets visit Golden1center.com.

**This write-up first appeared in print on page 12 of issue #290 (April 24 – May 8, 2019)**