Photos: Cake, April 19 at Arkansas Music Pavilion

Cake frontman John McCrea sings on stage at the Arkansas Music Pavilion Thursday night in Fayetteville.

Photos: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

The Arkansas Music Pavilion kicked off its 2012 season Thursday, April 19 with Sacramento alt-rockers Cake.

With no opening band on the bill, Cake was set to take the stage at 8 p.m. sharp, but technical difficulties pushed the music back about 45 minutes.

Frontman John McCrea apologized and explained to the crowd of about 1,500 that the “Evening with Cake” would include two full sets with a brief intermission.

A two-song encore (“Short Skirt/Long Jacket” and “The Distance”) wrapped the night, which was the first at the AMP’s new location inside the Washington County Fairgrounds.