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FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Formerly Charter One Pavilion 1300 S. Linn White Dr. Chicago, IL 60605
312-540-2668
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Denver-based band The Fray was formed in 2002 by Isaac Slade (vocals, piano) and Joe King (guitar, vocals) when the two former school friends met up again in a local music store. They soon began regular two-man jam sessions that led to writing songs and devising a style pitched between the arena-friendly style of U2 and the authentic rock of bands like Counting Crows. Rounding out the lineup with two former bandmates of Slade’s drummer Ben Wysocki and guitarist Dave Welsh, the Fray began playing shows in the Denver area. Their popularity grew quickly and their first demo recordings became local radio faves and the band was voted Best New Band by Denver’s Westword Magazine. All of this led to the band being signed by Epic Records in 2004. Their debut album, How to Save a Life, was released in September of 2005. (All Music Guide)

The Chicago band OK Go combined off-kilter guitars, Pixies/Cars fetishism, and straightforward power pop sensibilities to produce eccentric, catchy songs. Consisting of vocalist/guitarist Damian Kulash, guitarist Andrew Duncan, bassist Tim Nordwind, and drummer Dan Konopka, OK Go formed in the fall of 1998. Prior to Kulash moving to Chicago from Washington, D.C., the other three members of OK Go had been members of the Chicago band Stanley’s Joyful Noise. After just a few months, OK Go garnered considerable media attention in Chicago without having recorded a single full-length album, their success attributed partly to an exuberant live show and opening spots for for heavyweights like Elliott Smith and The Promise Ring. They released two three-song CD singles to tide fans over until a full-length could be recorded, and also served as the sort-of house band for a touring version of the NPR show “This American Life.” OK Go eventually signed with Capitol and issued an eponymous debut in 2002, scoring the modern rock radio hit “Get Over It.” When the combo returned in 2005 with Oh No, it was without guitarist Duncan, who had left after sessions for the album had ended. His replacement was Andy Ross. (All Music Guide)

*Mae*’s (an acronym for Multisensory Aesthetic Experience) new Tooth & Nail release The Everglow basks in the beauty of the quintet’s solitary vision. Although The Everglow is Mae’s sophomore full-length, the band feels differently. Their debut effort, 2003’s Destination: Beautiful, was more of a studio project than a collective band effort, and “after two years of touring and camaraderie, this band is now a completely unified front,” says lead vocalist Dave Elkins. With Destination: Beautiful sales topping over 70,000 copies, and amid tours with everyone from Simple Plan to Brand New and Something Corporate, more than just Mae’s musical talent has been growing. “With every show, with every interview, every overnight driving shift and every rehearsal back home, we have matured both individually and collectively,” says Elkins, adding, “so much of what we’ve learned is evident in the lyrical content of The Everglow.

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