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Enter the Fray

Denver's the Fray may not be the first band to greatly benefit from the fount of benevolence that is, but the group can certainly boast about its hits, with visits and spins on the band's page numbering somewhere in the low millions. Of course, it was the quality of the band's writing and performing -- sweeping, emotional, arena-friendly alternative rock in the grand tradition of U2 and the slightly less grand tradition of Coldplay -- that turned Internet curiosity into cold, hard sales figures. Touring as opening act with the eminently lovable, twisted bubblegum Weezer didn't hurt, either.

The band's "How to Save a Life" has by now been burned into the synapses of every alt-rock lover not living in a cave, but in a very real sense, the Fray has only just begun -- the band recently marked its five-year anniversary and is celebrating with a top slot on one of the hipper "newbie" tour packages hitting the boards this summer, with guests OK GO and Mae.

The roadshow stops by Darien Lake Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Dads, why not make a Father's Day event of it?

Tickets are $25 to $45 reserved, $20 on the lawn, and can be found via Ticketmaster outlets or at

-- Jeff Miers

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