Neon Trees concert to benefit autism preschool

Deseret News

Published: Thursday, April 5 2012 5:45 p.m. MDT

OREM — A concert to benefit Giant Steps Autism Preschool in Provo will bring Billboard Music Award-winning band and platinum recording artists Neon Trees to Mountain View High School.

Neon Trees will play with The Lower Lights on Saturday, April 7, at 665 W. Center in Orem. Admission is $20.

Neon Trees features vocalist/keyboardist Tyler Glenn, guitarist Chris Allen, drummer/vocalist Elaine Bradley and bassist Branden Campbell, whose 4-year-old son is currently attending his second year at the preschool, which serves children ages 3 through 5 who have been diagnosed with autism.

The group's roots go back to Glenn's and Allen's time growing up in Southern California. When Allen moved to Utah for school, Glenn, a self-taught musician, followed him. The pair connected with Campbell and Bradley, both regulars on the Provo music scene.

The band perfected its new wave-tinged sound at local shows and got its big break when chosen to be one of the opening acts for some shows on the Killers' 2008 North American tour.

Early the following year, Neon Trees was signed to Mercury Records. The single "Animal" won Top Alternative Song at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards.

Neon Trees begins its North American tour in mid-April. To purchase tickets online, visit www.24tix.com.

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