Keith Lockhart and singer-songwriter Ben Folds have selected folk band Family of the Year as the opening act for Ben Folds’ upcoming performance with the Boston Pops on Friday, October 2, 2009, at Symphony Hall in Boston. Partnering with Sonicbids.com, Folds and the Boston Pops selected Family of the Year from a pool of over 650 online audio applications, submitted at http://www.sonicbids.com/BostonPopsandBenFolds. Family of the Year will perform a 30 minute opening set, 7:15-7:45 p.m., to a sold-out crowd at Symphony Hall, which seats over 2,400. The evening’s featured performance with Ben Folds and the Boston Pops, under the direction of Keith Lockhart, will begin at 8 p.m.
Family of the Year, established less than a year ago, will release its first EP “Where’s the Sun” on September 22. The band, made up of six musicians from diverse backgrounds, includes brothers Joe Keefe (guitar and vocals) and Sebastian Keefe (drums and guitar), and James Buckey (guitar), the three of whom enjoyed local success with the Martha’s Vineyard-based raw rock ensemble Unbusted, which was featured in the Edgefest Cafes on June 21 and 22, 2006, prior to the Boston Pops performances with My Morning Jacket. Singer Vanessa Long, an Orange County, California native, has acted in many feature films, such as XII, I’m On Fire, and You Don’t Mess with the Zohan. Keyboardist Christina Schroeter, also from Orange County, works in entertainment public relations and bassist Brent Freaney, from Mississippi, is a website designer. Family of the Year is influenced by Fleetwood Mac’s musical stylings with a hint of late-era Beatles, with songs that weave male and female vocals with catchy melodies and personal stories.
Sonicbids is a web site that helps bands get gigs and promoters book the right bands. With a focus on festival, club, and college performances, as well as music licensing, and much more, Sonicbids offers a diverse range of gigs for every kind of musician. Its online community of 200,000+ bands represent an international group of artists, with something for every kind of promoter. The company was launched in 2001 by Panos Panay, a Cyprus native and former booking agent, working to “empower the artistic middleclass.”