Hometown celeb and TV soundtrack mainstay join forces to support KC charity at free concert

David Cook
David Cook .

Friday, Dec. 2 at KC Live

The cheerful ringing of seasonal bells intended to elicit donations from passers-by will be supplanted by very different sounds in the Power & Light District on Friday. The free Rock the Red Kettle concert by the Fray and David Cook benefits the Salvation Army’s charitable efforts.

The reassuring rock of the Fray may initially strike some potential attendees as too tepid for a Friday night, but the gentle tone of the band’s melodic songs is appropriate for the holiday season. In fact, the conciliatory sentiment expressed in the Fray’s 2006 hit “How To Save a Life” is ideally suited to the charitable event.

The sultry “Singing Low,” the Fray’s current single, is included on a recently released greatest hits collection that also features the heartbreakingly delectable hit “Over My Head (Cable Car).”

Cook will be returning to the site of a euphoric homecoming celebration on Friday. Thousands of well-wishers greeted him in the Power & Light District shortly after the rock vocalist from Blue Springs won the 2008 season of “American Idol.” While it didn’t make much of a commercial impact, Cook’s latest album “Digital Vein” is the most artistically successful album of his career.

Friday’s concert at 6:30 p.m. will lack the Dickensian quaintness of hand-wrung bells, but the donations raised at the event will almost certainly fill more than a few red kettles.

Admission is free, donations encouraged. For more info go to or call 816-842-1045.

Concert previews by Bill Brownlee, Special to Ink