Mark McGrath On Bringing Sugar Ray’s Nostalgia Hits To Huntington Beach

During the mid to late 90s, you couldn’t turn on a radio without hearing one of the catchy, funky pop rock hits from the group Sugar Ray. Now after a brief hiatus, Sugar Ray is back on the road, and is ready to rock with all your favorite hits this weekend in Huntington Beach!

The band’s frontman Mark McGrath called in this morning to talk about the group’s success over the years, going back on the road and performing at this weekend’s Huntington Beach Food, Art & Music Festival.

After taking some time off to focus on solo work, TV hosting and starting a family, Mark has reunited with Sugar Ray for a series of 90s nostalgia tours in the past few years. However, with their music now being classified ‘nostalgia’ or ‘classic’,  Mark says he’s adjusting to how much the times have changed since they last ruled the charts.

“Somehow 90s is considered classic rock. I went on tour this summer with Blues Traveler, Smash Mouth and Uncle Cracker, and I had people come up to me and say ‘my mom loves your classic rock music,’ and I’m like, wow things have changed,” he laughed.

He adds that he’s used to fans coming up to him and calling him by the band’s name “all the time” quipping, “now I know what it’s like to be called Hootie.”

With top ten hits including “Fly,” “Every Morning,” and “Someday,” Sugar Ray was a staple on radio waves through the mid-90s, and to this day those hits are still cherished by fans. And Mark says he’s so grateful for his fans’ support over the years.

“We taken more than we’ve given from the music industry…we’ve been so lucky to have two number ones, four top tens, six top forties, but who’s counting!” he said.

Mark will be performing at the Huntington Beach Food, Art & Music Fest on Saturday with a stellar lineup of bands on the bill including Michelle Branch, Sheila E., John Popper of Blues Traveler and more.

“It’s a phenomenal weekend of music and food…I’d like to mention these bands – Gin Blossoms will be down there, Dramarama, Missing Persons – what’s going to be great, everybody’s playing short sets so you can hear all the hits. When I go to a gig, I just want to hear songs I know,” he said. “So it’s going to be a great weekend of food, music and fun. Come on down to HB.”

K-EARTH 101 will also be there broadcasting live from fest! For tickets and more information on the HB Food, Art & Music Fest, visit www.hbfest.com.

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