Rock to the music of two up-and-coming national rock groups when Frostburg State University’s Cultural Events Series Concerts and University Programming Council presents emo-pop group Boys Like Girls, along with opening act Indie-band Vedera, on Sunday, April 26, in the Cordts PE Center Main Arena. The spring concert kicks off at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 7 p.m.
The Boston-area band includes Martin Johnson, lead singer and guitarist; John Keefe, drums; Bryan Donahue, bass; and Paul DiGiovanni, lead guitar. An early demo version of “The Great Escape” and acoustic spin on “Thunder” were the sparks that ignited a firestorm of attention to the band’s MySpace and purevolume.com pages. By the end of 2005, the band was topping the purvolume.com New Artists chart and gathering thousands of MySpace friends.
Boys Like Girls embarked on its first nationwide tour in 2006. Following that tour, the group entered the recording studio to record the debut album, “Boys Like Girls.” The album eventually went gold, and tracks like “Thunder” helped “Boys Like Girls” maintain a presence of the Billboard charts. They have been touring and recording ever since.
“I like to listen to music that makes me feel a certain way – either it reminds me of something important that happened or a certain time in my life,’” says Boys Like Girls frontman Martin Johnson. “If kids are feeling that way about our songs, I couldn’t ask for more.” Stylistically, the band lists its musical influences as a variety of contemporary pop rock groups like Jimmy Eat World, Blink-182, Story of the Year and Dashboard Confessional.
In comparison to the majority of peers, Boys Like Girls has a more radio-friendly pop rock sound. Hence, the band has been labeled “the soundtrack to summer,” emphasizing the up-and-coming quartet’s potential to write mainstream compatible tunes.
Opening for Boys Like Girls is the indie/art rock band, Vedera. Hailing from Kansas City, Mo., the band was formed in 2004 by singer and guitarist/pianist Kristen May and lead guitarist Brian Little, along with drummer Drew Little and bassist Jason Douglas.
In the summer of 2004, Vedera recorded its six-song EP, “This Broken City,” and in 2005 released the LP, “The Weight of an Empty Room.” Since the summer of 2005, Vedera has been touring at various times with Dredg, MewithoutYou, Communique, Thrice, Mae (which performed at FSU in 2006) and Underoath. Vedera’s newest album, “Stages,” will be released on Epic in 2009.
Tickets for Boys Like Girls and Vedera are $25 for general admission and $10 for Frostburg State University students (purchased with valid ID). All tickets are festival general admission for floor-level standing and bleacher seating. Tickets may be ordered by calling 1-866-849-9237 or 301-687-3137, or by visiting ces.frostburg.edu.
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 13 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu.
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