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We the Kings at Jannus Live

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We The Kings is (left to right) Hunter Thomsen (guitar), Coley O'Toole (auxiliary/background vocals), Travis Clark (guitar/vocals), Danny Duncan (drums) and Charles Trippy (bass). The band resides in Bradenton. COURTESY PHOTO

We The Kings, the Bradenton-based band with an international following, will brings its emotive pop-punk just over the Skyway bridge to Jannus Live in St. Petersburg. The show is part of the group’s Summer Fest tour that features opening acts Breathe Carolina, T. Mills and The Ready Set.

We the Kings performed in April during the inaugural Funshine Music Festival in Tampa and treated fans to the hit new single "Just Keep Breathing." It's a song that finds Travis Clark, the band's singer, songwriter and guitarist recalling nights when he was “too sad to sleep” before reminding his many listeners, which range from tweens to twentysomethings, that they’re not alone.

“It’s a song I’ve been waiting to write for a long time,” Clark told me for this Ticket cover story. “Growing up as a redhead it was hard to fit in, kids were mean and bullied me during a good part of my childhood.

“This was a song I’ve been holding in for a long time, a song capturing how I felt, that feeling I had and what I had to do to get through it all. It has helped a lot of our fans. I’ve already heard amazing compliments, people saying how things are so much better now because they realize they’re not the only one going through something like this.”

7 p.m. Saturday (July 6), Jannus Live, 200 1st Avenue N., St. Petersburg; $23.50; (727) 565-0550; jannuslive.com
Last modified: July 8, 2013
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