Local band gone national “We the Kings” came home fortheir 10th anniversary hometown show on Tuesday night at The Hall in Palmetto. The band, whose name comes from King Middle School in Bradenton where they first met, has celebrated success around the globe.
Touring Europe and Australia as well as the U.S. they have amassed millions of views of their music on YouTube and won an MTV award. Their latest release, “So Far” is a greatest hits ensemble from the last 10 years including their hit “Check Yes Juliet” and “We’ll Be in A Dream” featuring powerhouse vocalist Demi Lovato.
Opening for the Kings was another local musician gone national scene Sam Woolf. Sam came in 5th place on Season 13 of American Idol. He gave the crowd a mix of covers from John Mayer to The Beatles. Sam has attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. He is a songwriter and has his own EP “Pretend”.
Many of the crowd knows these local musicians personally and there was a mix of families and teens in attendance. A crowd was patiently gathered at the stage from 6 o’clock till the Kings took the stage at 9:15 p.m. Lead singer Travis Clark opened on keyboard solo in a white hoodie as the rest of the band joined him onstage. Charles Trippy on bass is the son of former Allman Brothers percussionist and local musician, Chaz Trippy. Band also includes guitarist Hunter Thomsen, drummer Danny Duncan and Coley O’Toole on rhythm guitar. Their sound consists of a cross of rock and punk with a little of everything in between.
The band will be on the road starting in February for a U.S tour celebrating their 10th Anniversary and playing their self-titled first album release in full. You can get tickets at www.WeTheKingsMusic.com
photos by Vicky Sullivan / Rock The Lens Photography