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Ben Cook-Feltz: July’s Front of House Employee of the Month

Ben Cook-Feltz

Upon his return from riding his bike across Iowa with Team Roadshow in RAGBRAI, the largest bike touring event in the world (with 17,000 riders this year), Ben Cook-Feltz discovered that he’d not only been named Park Square Theatre’s Front of the House employee of the month for July but also promoted into a newly created position, Ticket Office Supervisor.

Cook-Feltz joined our theatre as a ticket agent in May 2015, steadily working his way up to become Lead Ticket Agent. Before joining Park Square Theatre, he’d been employed for eight years in a deadening full-time job reviewing property inspections for insurance companies while pursuing his music on the side. Following his wife’s advice, Cook-Feltz decided to focus more on building his music career and instead find a part-time job to help pay the bills. A friend turned him on to the ticket agent job opening, and Cook-Feltz got hired on the last day of his full-time job. He had expected his new position to be just another job, only to discover that he really loved working at Park Square Theatre and naturally wanted to take on more responsibilities.

“Ben’s dedication to our patrons and his deep commitment to the work he does has really upped the stakes for the service we provide,” says Amanda Lammert, Audience Services Director. “He will be working a few extra hours every week and taking on greater responsibility in this new role. His attention and focus on the subscription process this season has also been an incredible help to me, and the ownership is obvious to our patrons and his partners in the ticket office.”

You can hear Cook-Feltz’s cheerful voice when you phone into our ticket office or catch him at a gig around town. To find out more about his music, check out his website at www.bencookfeltz.com.

 

 

 

 

Artist Spotlight: Ben Cook-Feltz, Musician

Last week I showed off the musical prowess of my Park Square cohort, CJ Pitts, and this week I want to bring another masterful musician to the forefront: Ben Cook-Feltz! By day BCF can be found working in Park Square’s ticket office, so if you’ve ever called in to order tickets you’ve probably already heard his soulful croon and didn’t even know it. I also do want to let everybody know that Cook-Feltz will be playing Vieux Carre this Wednesday, April 6 from 6-7:30. If you’ve never been, it’s  downstairs next to Park Square’s Andy Boss stage and features great music, drinks and food in an intimate setting.

It all began in Iowa where he was born and raised, learning to play and appreciate music from both his parents. Don’t get any false impressions about him being from Iowa, though. As Cook-Feltz will tell you: “I spent the first 23 years of my life in Cedar Falls, doing all your typical Iowan things, which actually aren’t that different from what everyone else was doing in the 80’s and 90’s (for instance, I have no idea how to tip a cow, much less milk one).”

At twenty-four, Cook-Feltz made his way up north to the Twin Cities to study record production at McNally Smith College of Music. From there he discovered just how vibrant the music and arts scene is in Minneapolis-Saint Paul.

Adding an indelible voice to this community through various capacities, he plays music as a “Side Guy”, is a member of two bands, Mother Banjo Band and Art Vandalay, as well as fronting his own band called what else? Ben Cook-Feltz. His eponymous group dropped an album last year called, She Doesn’t Believe Me, and it’s pretty rad. Combining observational and quirky lyrics, his melodies are often reminiscent of the 60s and 70s.

When asked why he does what he does, he states, “What it all comes down to is, I love making music. It makes me feel alive, and it gives me so much joy. I am thrilled by any chance I get to share that joy with other people.”

From one artist to another, I know the feeling.

So now that you know the man-behind-the-box office window you should check out his website and schedule, but don’t forget this Wednesday at Vieux Carre!

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