Former Live frontman Ed Kowalczyk performs in an acoustic show at the Penn State York Pullo Family Performing Arts Center on Friday.
Former Live frontman Ed Kowalczyk performs in an acoustic show at the Penn State York Pullo Family Performing Arts Center on Friday. (DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - JEFF LAUTENBERGER)
The trio sat in the front row of Penn State York's Pullo Family Performing Arts Center.

Jen Peckally came from Philadelphia, Shelley Merz from Chicago and Axelle Quétier from France.

Yes, France.

The group met with several others to see York native Ed Kowalczyk perform Friday night in front of more than 800 fans.

The trio had not met in person, but are members of the Ed Kowalczyk Street Team on Facebook.

"We know each other through Ed," Quétier said.

Each has seen the former Live frontman in concert before.

This was the first time they saw him in his hometown.

"It's bigger than I thought it would be," Mertz said.

They checked out the downtown area Friday before heading to the show.

The trio talked about William Penn Senior High School, Kowalczyk's alma mater.

"Is there a marker there," Peckally asked.

Kowalczyk mentioned the school before playing "The Beauty of Gray."

"It's amazing, I still like to sing this song," Kowalczyk told the crowd, explaining that he wrote it when he was 19.

Back then, Kowalczyk was fronting Live, which had several hits in the 1990s and 2000s. Since then, he's released a solo album and is about to introduce a new EP.

He sang songs from those endeavors, as well as some of the hits from his days in Live. He started his set with, "Selling the Drama."

Kowalczyk's former bandmates, Chad Taylor, Patrick Dahlheimer and Chad Gracey, continue to perform as Live with new lead singer Chris Shinn.


They've also been involved with economic redevelopment in York.

Kingsfoil, another band with York County roots opened Friday's show.

Two members of the band, Jordan Davis and Tristan Martin, are from York County. Bandmate Tim Warren is from Dauphin County. The group made news nationwide when former "Malcolm in the Middle" star Frankie Muniz joined it earlier this year

Davis talked about the band's recent five-week tour.

"It's going good," he said. "I feel better about the band than I ever have."

He explained Muniz was home in Phoenix for a brief break and wasn't attending Friday's show, but the band will be back in its entirety for a Dec. 29 show at The Chameleon Club in Lancaster.

Davis was excited to take the same stage as Kowalczyk.

"I have (the Live album) 'Throwing Copper' on cassette, and listen to it all the time," he said. "Hopefully we can win over some of their fans. ... Our music could be similar to Ed's."

Shortly before Kowalczyk took the stage, Peckally, Mertz and Quétier said they enjoyed Kingsfoil's set.

Much like the rest of the trip, they found some unexpected charms in York.

"Market Street was adorable," Peckally said.