A little taste of Southern California will come to Johnstown when the ’90s pop-rock sound of Sugar Ray takes the Flood City Music Festival stage at 10:15 p.m. Aug. 5.
Sugar Ray and its lead singer, Mark McGrath, are most known for hit singles such as “Fly,” “Every Morning,” “Someday” and “When It’s Over.”
The band sold 10 million albums worldwide, including several that went multi-platinum, and performed on numerous sold-out tours.
According to the biography on his website, McGrath said the older he gets, “the more proud I get of what we did.”
McGrath’s website says he’s been adamant that there will never be another Sugar Ray album unless it features the band’s original members, but continues playing a lineup with founding guitarist Rodney Sheppard that features songs with which audiences will be familiar.
“These songs mean a lot to people,” McGrath writes in his bio.
Terry Deitz, general manager of Forever Media and festival committee chairman, said attracting Mark McGrath and his Sugar Ray lineup provided an opportunity to showcase music from multiple decades so audiences spanning generations would be able to find something they like.
“One of the things we looked at this year was trying to reach a younger demographic with some of our acts,” Deitz said.
“Being able to bring in Sugar Ray really enables us to reach that early 30s, later 20s age group. And maybe now some people will come to the festival who might never have come out before, and now they can experience this event for the first time.”
McGrath also has immersed himself in TV and film projects, including shows such as “Don’t Forget the Lyrics,” roles on “American Idol” and “Celebrity Apprentice,” and hosting numerous award shows.
He is a co-host and founder of “Under the Sun,” an annual summer festival tour that showcased ’90s acts, and hosts a weekly show on Sirius XM’s ’90s on 9 station.
Most recently, McGrath released a solo album, “Summertime’s Coming,” in 2015.
Jocelyn Brumbaugh is a reporter for the Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter @JBrumbaughTD.