Frostburg State University’s Cultural Events Series Concerts presents the alternative group Lifehouse along with opening act, Days Difference, on Saturday, Oct. 9, in the Cordts PE Center Main Arena. Part of FSU’s Family Weekend, the concert kicks off at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 7 p.m.
Lifehouse’s 10-year career as an alternative band has been a delicate balancing act of two identities – radio-ready song craftsmen and raucous live rock-and-roll band. On their fifth and most recent album, “Smoke and Mirrors,” the band finally unites these two personalities. “With the new album (released March 2010) we really wanted to capture what we were doing on the road, but halfway through recording, it was apparent we hadn’t focused enough on the equally important radio side. It finally dawned on us to just do both,” comments Lifehouse singer and lead guitarist Jason Wade.
Still in their 20s, the guys in Lifehouse have an impressive resume. Founding members Jason Wade and drummer Ricky Woolstenhulme Jr. met in Los Angeles and formed the band in the late ’90s with Bryce Soderberg and Ben Carey. Lifehouse released its smash debut “No Name Face” in 2000, which launched the group to global stardom. The band’s breakout single “Hanging by a Moment” was the single most played radio track of 2001. Over the next few years, Lifehouse built on that initial success. Combined album sales are over 5 million and Lifehouse singles have sold over 3 million copies online, including number one hits “Hanging by a Moment” and “You and Me.”
Opening for Lifehouse is Days Difference, a young quartet from Virginia Beach, Va. Days Difference released its self-titled debut album in fall 2009 – a breezy collection of pop gems that showcases the group’s melody-minded songwriting, expressive vocals and dynamic piano sound. Days Difference spent several years honing its propulsive pop sound by opening for artists such as Paramore, Lifehouse, Third Eye Blind, Jack’s Mannequin and Yellowcard when those artists played Virginia Beach. In 2007, they released an independent album, “Numbers.”
The band signed with Universal Motown a mere 24 hours after playing a well-attended industry showcase in June 2008. Shortly afterwards, Disney cast the four musicians as members of Miley Cyrus’s backup band in the big-screen version of “Hannah Montana: The Movie.”
A VIP package for the concert is available and includes a front-row seat and a meet-and-greet opportunity with the artists. VIP tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are $65 a person. Advance tickets are $40 per person for gold floor, $35 for reserved floor and $24 for reserved bleacher. Tickets for all seating are an additional $10 if purchased the day of the performance. Corporate and group discount ticket rates are also available. Tickets may be ordered online at http://ces.frostburg.edu or by calling 301-687-3137.
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions and two regional higher education centers within 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 or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity.
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