Kings for a day York band, and its celebrity drummer, make their Lititz debut
DONNA WALKER Record Express Correspondent
, Staff Writer
For the first time, the band Kingsfoil performed in Lititz, but it wasn’t the first time fans cheered for the band that hails from York.
Erisa McGarrah saw them twice at Susquehanna University, where she is a student. She was surrounded by girls, most younger than she, who waited in line to buy Kingsfoil merchandise or to snap a photo with the band.
"We feel lucky to be in this situation to play," said vocalist and guitarist Jordan Davis, sweeping his arm through the air, taking in the crowds of young and old strolling through Lititz Springs Park near the stage area for the Fourth of July festivities. "I’ve heard it’s a happening one."
Drummer Frankie Muniz, also an actor best known for his role as Malcolm in the Fox TV series "Malcolm in the Middle," was in Lititz for the first time.
"I’ve never done anything like this on the Fourth of July," he said, adding that he typically spent the day at home with friends and watching fireworks. "I already had a hot dog and a funnel cake. I’m rollin’ on this July Fourthness," Muniz said.
A big part of Lititz July Fourthness includes entertainment at the bandshell stage. At 5 p.m., the Lititz Community Band opened with the National Anthem followed by "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" in deference to this year’s baseball theme. In between the band’s songs, Dutch Apple Theater’s Zach Guzik and Paul Glodfelter perfectly rendered Abbot and Costello’s classic "Who’s On First?" They said they learned the lines in four days, in between rehearsals for "South Pacific."
Kingsfoil got the crowd moving, said Vita McHale, anchor for Blue Ridge News 11, there to televise the stage shows. "Everybody kind of swarmed to the stage when they started playing."
Alyssa Pierce from Nashville, Tenn., grew up watching "Malcolm in the Middle" and liked that the band’s music is "offbeat and not so heavy." Corinna Lawson, also from Nashville, liked the sound level.
"I liked them, and they were loud. I love loudness," she said.
Another visitor, Aileen Larson, bought shirts for her college-age children. She is from Brooklyn, N.Y., and has attended the Lititz celebration for three years while visiting her sister.
"We think they’re hot," she said. "They seem like Americana to me."
She also likes the positive message, and Davis (lead vocalist) said the band keeps away from profanity.
"At heart, our songs are positive and about love and we want to keep that going," he said.
Kingsfoil members Tristan Martin (guitar, keyboards, backup vocals) and Tim Warren (bass guitarist) also said they were excited to be in Lititz. They just returned from Los Angeles, where they were shooting their second music video for "Grapevine Valentine," a single their new CD titled "A Beating Heart Is A Bleeding Heart." They played it for Lititz, and the girls sang along, leaning their elbows on the stagefront or moving to the beat under the tree near the stage right speaker.
During July and August, Kingsfoil will be on tour with "Sparks The Rescue" on the East Coast and in the Midwest. And they may be back in the area soon. The band has played at the Chameleon Club – their favorite place to play according to Davis – and will appear there again in the fall.
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