A night of music

Buffalo Native to perform at Opera House

Submitted Photos Chris Trapper, above, and Bae, right, will perform at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House on Friday, Sept. 8, at 7:30 p.m SD DS

FREDONIA — Singer/Songwriter, and former front man for the 90s alternative rock band The Push Stars, Chris Trapper will present a solo acoustic show at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House on Friday, Sept. 8, at 7:30 p.m. Opening the show will be rising singer/songwriter Bea. With four CD releases and several high profile national tours — including a run with Matchbox Twenty — The Push Stars served to establish Chris as an authentic talent.

As a singer/songwriter, Trapper is most known for his original song, “This Time,” the No. 1 selling song on the Grammy-nominated soundtrack for August Rush, starring Robin Williams and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. His music can best be described as lyrically driven roots-pop with a knack for telling everyday stories.

In the spring of 2013, Trapper performed a duet with his songwriting idol John Prine, at the Portsmouth Songwriter Festival. More recently, he toured North America and the UK with multiplatinum singer/songwriter Colin Hay.

A prolific songwriter, Trapper has written music for such high profile films as “There’s Something About Mary,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Say It Isn’t So,” “Gun Shy” and most recently, “Some Kind of Beautiful” as well as significant television placements including “All My Children,” “Women’s Murder Club,” “Malcolm In The Middle,” a coveted placement in George Clooney’s final episode of “ER,” the theme song for WB Network’s dramedy “Pepper Dennis” and a cameo on-screen appearance with that show’s star, Rebecca Romijn.

A Buffalo native who attended the State University of New York at Fredonia, Trapper has written seven songs with/for Canadian band Great Big Sea, including the band’s No. 1 single “Sea Of No Cares” from its certified-platinum Sea Of No Cares CD. Great Big Sea covered Trapper’s song “Everything Shines” and its version served as the debut single off the certified-gold Road Rage CD. His songwriting collaborations with Great Big Sea earned him two prestigious SOCAN awards. In addition, Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty and Antigone Rising have performed other notable versions of his songs.

A Chris Trapper live show is a favorite among fans of alt-acoustic music. His onstage persona is warm and inclusive, his organic understanding of classic pop melody, infectious.

Opening for Trapper will be Bea, a rising new artist on the indie music scene. Bea sings and strums her folky pop songs with the same sincerity she uses to write them. Spending her early adult years in Dallas, Bea acquainted herself with the local music scene and played every stage she could from small pubs to large capacity venues and opened for acts such as Norah Jones, John Mayer and James Taylor. Almost always playing solo, Bea delivers every thoughtful lyric of her hook-strong songs with simplicity while still managing to evoke a range of emotions including, delight, anguish and melancholy.

Tickets to Trapper’s concert are $17 ($15 Opera House members, $10 students) and may be purchased in person at the Opera House Box Office or by phone at 679-1891, Tuesday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. Tickets also may be purchased online at www.fredopera.org anytime.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. A complete schedule of Opera House events is available at www.fredopera.org.