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September 05, 2008
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Famous musician kicks off new year at Trax

Courtesy of The Crusader/Lyndsey Cox
Sweet melody-- Pete Francis performed live at Trax last Friday night. The set had songs from his new album "Iron Sea and the Calvary."
Pete Francis of Dispatch, and his opening act Pete and J performed at TRAX on Friday, Aug. 29.

According to dispatchmusic.com, Francis started off as a musician and singer with Dispatch in 1995.

Together they released three albums, two music DVDs, four live albums and a feature film documentary titled "Last Dispatch," which chronicles the last 12 days of the band.

In total, Dispatch has sold more than 400,000 albums. In 2004, Dispatch held a farewell concert in Boston, Mass., celebrating their 10-year run. Three years later, the band reunited and held two sold-out concerts at Madison Square Garden.

Francis has since gone solo and released five albums.

Junior Danielle Jubic, who attended the show, said she thought that Francis coming to Trax was "an awesome opportunity even though Pete [Francis has] moved on from Dispatch. He's an amazingly talented musician and his music has been inspiring me for years."

Francis said he generally performs at clubs and colleges. He added that he likes "the younger generation because it doesn't get too serious." Francis said colleges offer a laid back atmosphere in which people can get involved and enjoy themselves.

His advice to future musicians is to make connections and perform at other colleges.

Francis also advises musicians to "build a fan base instead of throwing yourself out into the world."

To learn more information about Francis and his music, visit his Web site, petefrancis.com, or his MySpace page, myspace.com/petefrancis.

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