helps celebrate Derby Week with a show Thursday, May 1, The Waterfront Jam, with opening act The Mowgli’s
. The Fray “warms up” with its opening concert of the tour the night before, in Peoria, so they should be primed for their feature set here. The Fray just released its fourth Epic album, Helios
, which continues the band’s journey through well-written and performed songs.
The Fray began in Denver in 2002, and its music gained national headway through social media. The title track to the band’s 2005 debut, “How To Save a Life,” has resonated with a growing fanbase, and led to the founding of a nonprofit organization of the same name, dedicated to working with people with substance abuse issues. Early on, their music found its way to television, including Grey’s Anatomy. More recently, The Fray has been featured on The Today Show, performing its first single from Helios, “Love Don’t Die.” Throughout the new record, The Fray seems to channel influences from early U2 to younger bands, with a full sound created by guitarists Joe King and Dave Welsh, pianist/vocalist Isaac Slade, and drummer Ben Wysocki.
The Fray appeals to fans across generations. Says one younger fan: “I like The Fray because their style can go from alternative acoustic to more upbeat pop-rock. I relate to the lyrics of their songs, including my favorite, ‘You Found Me.’”
Tickets are $32.50 and can be pourchased at https://tickets.completeticketsolutions.com/KDF2/Online/seatSelect.asp
——-By Martin Z. Kasdan
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