A lot of underused pianos rode the wave of their instrument’s unexpected, early millennium renaissance. Coldplay used its to own the movement with “Clocks” and countless other tunes from its early catalog; Keane pounded keys for longing, European soccer couples on “Somewhere Only We Know.” Idling in thick of the mix was the Fray, who scooped up the “Grey’s Anatomy” set with massive piano-led hits like “Over My Head (Cable Car).”
On Sunday, pianist Isaac Slade and Co. will show North Tonawanda why they’re still in the mix when they descend on Gratwick Riverside Park for a Sunday Niagara River Rocks date filled with 88 keys worth of tears and cheers.
Now touring off the recently released “Helios” – with anthemic single “Break Your Plans” starting to appear via Internet radio and tender, romantic moments between prospective couples – the Denver-born quartet is still churning out the same stirring, emotional fare that earned them Grammy nominations and Billboard Music awards. Too bad for the blackened hearts among us, but great news for loyal Fray fans eager to be touched by tunes off 2005’s “How To Save A Life,” as well as the band’s self-titled follow-up and 2012’s “Scars and Stories.”
The early show starts at 3 p.m. Sunday with Barcelona and Oh Honey. Tickets are $10 (www.ticketfly.com).
– Michael Farrell