Wednesday, September 28, 2022

In Photos: The Verve Pipe and Five for Fighting

Vladimir John Ondrasik, who goes by Five for Fighting, took to the piano and guitar at Greenfield Lake on Aug. 7. (Tom Dorgan/MoonFrog Media)

WILMINGTON — Earlier in the month, ’90s indie-rockers The Verve Pipe and Grammy Award-winning balladeer Five For Fighting stopped at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater.

Openers The Verve Pipe put on a heartfelt, high-energy performance, according to photographer Tom Dorgan of MoonFrog Media, who captured images from the show for Port City Daily.

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“They hooked the audience from the start with lead singer Brian Vander Ark and vocalist Channing Lee walking through the crowd to the stage during their opening number,” he said.

Storytelling in between songs provided magical bits in the show, such as when Vander Ark described his voice as a stand-in for Mark Wahlberg’s in “Colorful” — written for the the movie “Rock Star.” Naturally, hits like “The Freshmen” were played, along with tunes form 2021’s “Threads” album.

By the time Vladimir John Ondrasik, who goes by Five for Fighting, landed at his piano, nostalgia filled the air. He, too, shared insights on tracks, such as the origin of “Two Lights,” a tribute to the U.S. military. He also performed “Can One Man Save the World?” a new song he wrote in the aftermath of Russia’s attack on the Ukraine, which also featured the Ukrainian Orchestra. All proceeds from its sale go to Save Our Allies to help the Ukrainian people.

Below are photos from the show taken by Dorgan.

Five For Fighting

The Verve Pipe


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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