“We are very pleased to finally be done with this year’s booking,” said Board Chair, Bryon Mazade. “Our goal was to get lots of rock with a couple of other genres mixed in, and we were able to do that. Rock has always been successful for us.”
Sugar Ray’s early music included influences of Funk, Metal, Hip Hop, Alternative Rock, and Punk. The band’s breakthrough hit, “Fly,” was launched in 1997 and was a smash hit across several charts. Success continued into the 2000s with follow-up hits “Every Morning,” “When It’s Over,” “Someday,” and “Answer the Phone.” The band took a hiatus in the mid 2000s, but lead singer, Mark McGrath’s career was still going strong with appearances on various television shows including the Celebrity Apprentice earlier this year. The group has also released some new music including Music for Cougars in 2009, and rumors persist of another project in the near future.
Opening for Sugar Ray will be Night Ranger. The height of the band’s popularity was in the mid to late 1980’s and by 1989 the band membersr went their separate ways after producing five albums that sold more than 10 million units worldwide. The band reunited in the latter half of the 1990s, and Night Ranger continues to produce music today including a new album, Somewhere in California, due out June 21. Their biggest hits include, “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me,” “When You Close Your Eyes,” “Sister Christian,” “You Can Still Rock in America,” and “Goodbye.”