Monday, December 10, 2012

UPDATED 12/11: We the Kings to play free Bradenton area show; singer Travis Clark on song for 'Hunger Games' sequel

UPDATED 12/11: We the Kings' Travis Clark on free show near Bradenton, new song for 'Hunger Games' sequel
Travis Clark, right, and Hunter Thomsen of We The Kings performed a concert just for students Sept. 13, 2011, at The Bridge Church in Bradenton. HERALD FILE PHOTO.

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Platinum-selling punk-pop band We the Kings are returning to their native Bradenton area for a special concert. 

Singer/guitarist Travis Clark sent me this info last night:

The band's 6th annual Hometown Holiday Show will be a free performance 7 p.m. Dec. 27 at The Hall, 1330 US 301 Palmetto.

Boyce Avenue, a rock band that formed in Sarasota and released the album "All that We Have Left" through Universal in 2010, plus special guests, are also scheduled to perform during the four-hour concert.

It will be first come first serve at the door to receive free tickets. Meet and greet tickets will be available for $50 and include early entry and a meet and greet with We The Kings. Meet and greet tickets can be purchased only at Georgia Carpet World, 5425 14th St., Bradenton, during normal business hours.

Last year, the members of Bradenton's nationally acclaimed band were honored by the Manatee County Commission with "We the Kings Day." The group's many accomplishments include the hit single “Check Yes Juliet,” which has garnered about 14 million views on YouTube and sold more than 1 million copies.

I talked to Clark, who grew up in Bradenton, on the one-year anniversary of "We the Kings Day."

"It's hard to believe that it's been a year," Clark said in October. "When we think back to all of the amazing things that have happened so far, we always remember the key to the city, the annual hometown shows, and We The Kings Day!"
Clark graduated from Manatee High School in 2003. The front man, along with his We the Kings band mates Hunter Thomsen (guitar, backing vocals) and Danny Duncan (drums), grew up in Bradenton and attended King Middle School, which is where the group got its name.

"You don't know how much your hometown can shape you as a person until you leave," Clark said. "And I can safely say that each one of us in the band are better people because of Bradenton, because of our family, because of our friends, and because of our fans."

"941 forever," he added, referencing the Manatee County area code. "We'll see you at the 6th annual hometown We The Kings show."

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We the Kings also includes Charles Trippy (bass) and Coley O'Toole (guitar, piano, backing vocals).

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