Local band, The Strange Familiar, returns after gaining national attention

Max Hayden

Cuyahoga Falls-based pop-rock band The Strange Familiar is returning to the area Saturday for the first time since placing in the top 48 acts on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”

Saturday the band is headlining The Tangier Cabaret in Akron.

Started in 2007 as a two-piece consisting of singer Kira Leyden and guitarist Jeff Andrea, the band started writing original music. Soon after, the two added bassist Frank Freeman and drummer Nicholas Sainato and made the decision to move to Los Angeles to pursue their musical aspirations.

In the past year, the band was featured in many promotional commercials for the hit ABC Family show “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” and released their new record, “This is Gravity.”

But this week they have made a return to their hometown area and are giving back.

“We’re excited to finally come back to our hometown,” Leyden said. “We’re hoping all the people who saw us on TV and enjoyed it come out to see us in person.”

Every day this week the band performed at local high schools on their Back To The Music Tour. The band played an assembly for students and all the proceeds and half of their merchandise money went toward the school’s music program.

“Music is a big part of our lives, so it’s our way of giving back,” Sainato said.

Tickets for the Tangier show are $10 for presale and $15 at the door. The show will start at 8:30 with Pete Nischt and the Motions opening.

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