TRAG blends members’ various rock influences

Newstimes Updated: 11/20/2008 06:12:57 PM EST It’s hard for Nora Tragianese to describe the music she and her husband Mark’s band TRAG make. While her husband is a big fan of acts like Yes, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, King Crimson, and Pink Floyd, she says she’s more tailored to the music of ’80s icons like Pat Benatar, Heart, The Pretenders, Blondie, and the Steve Perry era of Journey. Put that all together and she notes, “It’s a reflection of our two distinct musical genres”¦ throw all that into a blender, and you have TRAG.” The band fronted by Tragianese, a graduate from Western Connecticut State University, will perform Friday night in Bridgeport. The 9 p.m. show is at Ray Kelly’s Pub at 2720 Fairfield Ave. TRAG is touring in support of its new album, “11th House,” and is actively looking to add dates closer to the Danbury area. “The Danbury music scene, as with a lot of clubs in Connecticut, tends to favor cover bands over originals, like TRAG. I’m hoping that people will see the value and creativeness of bands trying to go for something completely different and new — something that will inspire them to support Connecticut’s original music bands, along with the cover bands,” she said. Tragianese said while music is not a “full-time job,” she would “like to think that the effort and energy I devote to it is.”












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