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The Fray, Animal Years Bring Star Power to AirVenture 2019 Opening Night Concert
April 18, 2019 - The Fray, which has spent the last 15 years on the Top 100 charts, will bring its pop/rock sounds to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019 as the featured performer at the annual opening night concert presented by Ford Motor Company on Monday, July 22 — the official kickoff day to the 50th anniversary celebration of AirVenture in Oshkosh. The Fray will be joined by Animal Years for the concert held on Boeing Plaza immediately after the AirVenture afternoon air show that day.
During the break between bands, Ford will its highlight its “Ford Day” activities by unveiling the 2019 vehicle to be auctioned at EAA’s The Gathering fundraiser on July 25. “We’re really excited for the second annual Ford Day to open AirVenture and what better way to top off the day than with a concert featuring The Fray,” said Michael Sprague, Ford Motor Company director, brand & integrated marketing.
The Fray’s album, Through the Years: The Best of The Fray, includes the band’s biggest hits, including the smash “How to Save a Life,” which spent more than a year on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and “Over My Head (Cable Car)” as well as the single “Singing Low.” The Denver-based band has won multiple Billboard Music Awards and earned several Grammy nominations.
Animal Years was named a “Band to Watch” by Rolling Stone magazine in December 2017. The band’s mix of pop, rock, and Americana appeals to audiences across the musical spectrum. Its live performances follow the philosophy of the band’s name as explained by founding member Mike McFadden, to “live your life in animal years. … If you knew that you’d only be around for a few years, you’d do things differently.”
“This is the 14th year that Ford Motor Company has helped us kick off AirVenture with an opening-night concert that has brought hit makers from across the musical spectrum to Oshkosh,” said Rick Larsen, EAA’s vice president of communities and member programs, who coordinates AirVenture features and attractions. “From the Beach Boys and the Doobie Brothers to Dierks Bentley and Dustin Lynch, it’s been a great way to start an unforgettable week. The Fray and Animal Years will add to those memories in 2019.”
Other highlighted features planned for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019 include the 50th anniversaries of the Apollo 11 moon mission and the Boeing 747 jetliner, the Year of the Fighter with vintage and modern military aircraft, the Urban Air Mobility showcase, and much more. Additional information on other AirVenture events will be announced as it is finalized.