Awesome FREE Christian Music Events in Indiana!

If you are here on Spin: the Blog, I can only imagine that you probably like Christian music. (What a coincidence!  So do I!)

You may or may not live in the great state of Indiana, so if you don’t happen to be a Hoosier, then I feel for you in more ways than one; particularly because you are going to miss out on some awesome FREE Christian music events coming up in August!

Here are the details:

WORLD PULSE MUSIC FESTIVAL

The City Harmonic II

The City Harmonic!!!

WORLD PULSE MUSIC FESTIVAL–Seriously, this music festival has THE BEST line-up of any free Christian music festival I’ve ever heard of, and I’ve pretty much heard it all at this point. Coming to South Bend on Saturday, August 10th, 2013 the line-up includes, check this out: Tricia Brock (formerly of Superchick! Rock What You’ve Got! I Love her!!), Jason Castro (Uh, hello? Who doesn’t like Jason Castro? I think it would be impossible NOT to like Jason Castro!), the City Harmonic (I LOVE this band to the moon and back. Seriously, you have not lived until you’ve seen the City Harmonic in concert. Trust me on this!), Natalie Grant (No, I’m not kidding. I said ‘Natalie Grant’ and ‘Free’ in the same paragraph!!), Audio Adrenaline (Again, I am not joking. I paid $50 two months ago to see Audio Adrenaline and I thought it was a deal!), and…wait for it…SWITCHFOOT! Switchfoot! Can you believe that?

Jason Castro

Jason Castro

Like I said, this is THE line-up of free line-ups and it is coming to South Bend on Saturday, August 10th, 2013!

Tricia Brock

Tricia Brock

PLEASE NOTE you do HAVE TO HAVE a ticket to get in, but like I said, the tickets are free and still available over at iTickets.com. (For more information and/or additional places to pick up tickets, visit the festival’s website at http://www.worldpulsefestival.com). Of course, you will have to pay for parking ($25) and food (a complete list of what’s available and the prices are on the festival’s website).

I would happily pay these prices for parking and food any day that I get to see the City Harmonic play a live show, but when you throw in Tricia Brock, Jason Castro, Natalie Grant, Audio Adrenaline, and SWITCHFOOT to the mix…well, you know I’m gonna be there, and you should definitely be there too! In my opinion, this is going to be THE Christian Music event of the summer in Indiana so go grab some free tickets now while there are still some left!

CHRISTIAN MUSIC DAY AT THE INDIANA STATE FAIR

I swear I know nothing about these guys.  My son, however, is an expert on them!

I swear I know nothing about these guys. My son, however, is an expert on them!

CHRISTIAN MUSIC DAY at the INDIANA STATE FAIR–Again, another free event (although you do have to pay admission to the State Fair venue. Discount admission tickets are available at all Indiana Wal-Mart stores, CVS Pharmacies, and Indiana Farm Bureau Offices for $7. Kids under 5 are free! Gate admission is only $10.) The line-up for this festival taking place on Sunday, August 11th, 2013 from 2-9 pm is Brianna Caprice (I don’t have a clue who this is, but I intend to find out!), Jason Castro (he’s a busy guy this weekend!), Love & The Outcome (I’ve seen this duo and they are AMAZING!), some band called for King & Country (don’t know why anyone, particularly my 6 year old son Alex, would want to go see these guys. HA! 🙂 and Matthew West.

Matthew West’s kind of a slacker, but the rest of the line-up is decent. 

(Of course, I’m just kidding!  Matthew West is one of if not THE BEST entertainers in all of Christian Music.  You have to go see him if you haven’t yet!)

If those names aren’t enough to get you down to the State Fair on Sunday, August 11th, then I don’t know what will. (The World’s Largest Popcorn Ball? A 4,500 square foot barn made out of glass? An outdoor ice skating rink in Indiana in August? Just a few suggestions!)

Love and the Outcome

Love and the Outcome

The website for the Indiana State Fair is http://www.in.gov/statefair

I’ll be at both of these festivals the weekend of August 10th and I hope to see you there! Should be a rockin’ time 🙂  Let’s just hope the weather is not too sweltering hot…if I have another weekend where the temps get up like they did at LifeFest when my nail polish literally melted off of my nails, I don’t know if I’ll live to tell the tale!

Live 4:1 to Play Allen County Fair!

This week I am a very busy girl covering the Allen County (Indiana) Fair for the Local News Network.  Today marked the opening day of the Fair, and as I perused the grounds and schedule for the week, I noticed something I wasn’t expecting to see.

My favorite local worship band, Live 4:1, is playing the fair on Wednesday night at 8 pm!

(Side note: I swear,  nobody ever tells me ANYTHING! )

Of course, I texted my friend and member of the band,  Darlene Bush, the following to give her a hard time: “I see my favorite band is playing the Allen County Fair! ”

Her reply? “Wow! I didn’t know that the (insert name of my former favorite Dove award winning band that we no longer speak of here on Spin: the Blog because a certain member of the band is a big meanie! ) is going to be at the Fair!”

Somehow, I knew she was going to say that.  She, however, didn’t know that my former favorite (and currently unspeakable band) had fallen from my good graces.

This fall from grace has opened the field wide up for me to name a brand new favorite, and luckily for Live 4:1 I picked them.  Bwahahahaha! !!

So, be sure to come out to the Allen County Fairgrounds on Wednesday night for the show at 8 pm!  Admission to the fair is $5, and kids under 5 are free.  Of course, I’ll be there and you can come hang out with me (just as long as you promise not to bring up that one band!  You know, my old favorites 🙂

FYI-the unmentionable band still totally loves me.  As if you had any doubts!

for King & Country Perform for Sold Out Crowd

Okay, so this is newsworthy to me for one reason—I got to see for King & Country first on Friday night at the WFRN Friend Fest!

Free parking.

Free bouncy houses.

$1.00 bottles of water.

Backstage passes for me and Alex because I’m a card carrying member of the media.

Yeah, from a fan perspective who really needs all the hoopla of a giant NASCAR Stadium anyway?  (If you couldn’t tell, I’m not a fan of racing.  In my opinion, NASCAR is not a real sport.  Basketball, baseball, and football are sports.  Sitting in a car driving around really fast in a big circle, not a sport.  Don’t even try to convince me, it has been done before and it has not worked nor will it ever.  Just sayin’.)

Just the same, how awesome that for King & Country was able to perform in front of 16,000 fans?!  (I’m sure it wasn’t quite the same as Friday since Alex wasn’t there, but you know, can’t win ’em all.  This is still quite an accomplishment!)

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From Press Release:

FOR KING & COUNTRY PERFORMED BEFORE A SOLD-OUT CROWD AT

NEW LIFE 91.9 FM WRCM’S “FAITH, FAMILY AND FREEDOM CELEBRATION” AT

CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY ON SATURDAY NIGHT

fkc charlotte motor speedway

Nashville, TN – (June 25, 2013) – On Saturday night, for KING & COUNTRY took the stage at New Life 91.9 FM WRCM’s “Faith, Family and Freedom Celebration” at Charlotte Motor Speedway in front of an audience of over 16,000 fans. The celebration also featured performances by Building 429, Mandisa, Sanctus Real and Plumb. In addition, this weekend the band’s critically-acclaimed debut album, Crave, launched back into the Top 10 on the iTunes’ Christian Albums chart over 70 weeks after its initial release.

“We were thrilled to have for KING & COUNTRY as a key part of our Faith, Family & Freedom Celebration Saturday,” said Joe Paulo, Director of Broadcasting for New Life 91.9 WRCM. “Their energy and enthusiasm were contagious to the crowd and their music was incredible.  They were a perfect fit for this event!  Our social media outlets absolutely lit up with passionate comments about the band’s performance that night and for days afterward.  Most importantly, however, they effectively communicated the life-changing reality of Jesus Christ with the talents that He has given to them.”

Joel of for KING & COUNTRY added, “To stand alongside 15,000 fans shouting songs of hope on zMAX Dragway Saturday felt like a piece of heaven coming to earth.”

“Middle of Your Heart” is for KING & COUNTRY’s third single from their debut album, Crave, which was named iTunes “Breakthrough Christian & Gospel Album of 2012.” On June 1, the duo was named “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” at the first-ever K-LOVE Fan Awards. In addition, this past January, for KING & COUNTRY made their late night debut performing “The Proof of Your Love,” Amazon.com’s “Christian Music’s Song of the Year,” on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” In 2012, for KING & COUNTRY were named as one of Billboard’s 17 acts to watch and were CCM’s best-selling new artist. New Release Tuesday noted that Crave was “One of the Best Debut Projects in Years!” ET’s “The Insider” said the duo, “make music that speaks directly to your heart” and have been “gaining popularity in the alt-rock genre.” American Songwriter commented that “for KING & COUNTRY may just be Australia’s answer to Coldplay.”

About Word Entertainment

A leader in the music industry for over 60 years, Word Entertainment, a Warner/Curb company, is a unique, comprehensive entertainment company comprised of multi-faceted artist service departments including publishing, merchandising, booking, and online initiatives. Word Entertainment represents some of the top names and brands in music, including Meredith Andrews, Chris August, BarlowGirl, Francesca Battistelli, Big Daddy Weave, Jason Castro, Patrick Ryan Clark, Everfound, for KING & COUNTRY, Group 1 Crew, Love & The Outcome, Dara Maclean, Point Of Grace and Sidewalk Prophets and is home to 25 Entertainment, Word Distribution (representing Curb Records and Big Idea/VeggieTales among others), Word Print, Word Films, Word Music Publishing and Word Label Group’s Word Records, Word Worship and Fervent Records.

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Faith & Family, Wishes & Dreams: An Interview with SWP Dave

Dear Readers:

Ok, so my feature articles from my interview with Dave Frey of the Sidewalk Prophets have all gone to print as of this weekend. which means I can officially release a special edition blog that includes all the best parts of the different Faith & Family Night stories from area publications.  If you live in Northeast Indiana, you may very well live in one of the more than 100,000+ homes that received one of these publications recently:  Fort Wayne Newspapers publications, New Haven Life magazine, West Bend Newspaper, New Haven Bulletin, WhatzUp Entertainment Newspaper, The Frost, East Allen County Times Newspaper, KPC News Media publications, or Northern Allen County Life Magazine. 

I hope you’ll enjoy!

  If you read all the way thru to the end, I’ll post some bonus material for you,  my blog readers!  First, I will tell you what Dave had to say about my Ohio BFF Jill’s favorite person in the universe, Chris August.  Second, I will post some links to previous blogs I’ve written about the SWP’s, and why I thought they would be perfect to headline the first Faith & Family Night Festival in New Haven. (I mean, I waited 10 years to make this happen, it kind of needed to be perfect, know what I mean?)  Finally, I will post a link to a story about one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to, when I met my friend Pam from Minnesota (waving at Pam!!)

Enjoy!
B

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help me find it

One of the things that I believe is universal to all people in all places is the innate ability to dream; by ‘dream’, I don’t really mean fall asleep while strange scenes play out in the recesses of your mind. What I really mean is we all have hopes, and wishes, and, well, dreams.

For some of us, our dreams are relatively straightforward: to be a firefighter, a teacher, a doctor. For others, the dreams are a little more complex: to be the next Larry Bird, Beyonce, or Leonardo di Caprio.

For me, I believe that God, who uniquely and lovingly created me, also uniquely and lovingly created and placed the dreams I have in my heart.

Specifically, I’m referring to one of the dreams I’ve had for over 10 years now to bring an event to my adoptive hometown of New Haven that celebrates the strong foundation that this city is built on.  What originally drew me to New Haven is its rich history of  faith interwoven with the heritage of many legacy families and relationships that last for decades.

On June 8th,2013   in Schnelker Park in downtown New Haven, the New Haven Canal Days Festival is set to host the first ever Faith & Family Night headlined by the Sidewalk Prophets.  This is where my dream of hosting such an event will intersect with fellow Hoosier native Dave Frey’s childhood dream of being a singer; Frey is the lead singer of the Dove award winning, Word Record label band that is based in Nashville, Tennessee.

For Frey, there were two main dreams driving him as a kid growing up in Terre Haute, Indiana. “I dreamed of either being a Chicago Cub or being on stage since I was a little child,” said Frey with his distinctive chuckle in our interview on April 10th. “Since I wasn’t the most athletically inclined, I ended up going to school to be an English teacher at Anderson University.”

God, however, hadn’t forgotten about Frey’s childhood dream of being on stage. In fact, according to Frey, it was quite the opposite. “God just kept showing me that this gift he had put inside me was more than just a hobby,” he said reflectively.

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Dave Frey performs at Winter Jam 2013 on January 20, 2013

These days, Frey’s childhood dream is straight up reality; earlier this year, as the lead singer for the Sidewalk Prophets, he toured with Winter Jam, the #1 attended tour in the entire world in the first quarter of 2013, using his God-given gift to perform for more than 550,000 people in four short months.

“You know, especially once I saw bands like DC Talk and Jars of Clay and Third Day as a kid I dreamed of being on stage, and now here I’ve stood on stage next to each one of them. It’s like, ‘How blessed am I?’” asked Frey incredulously.

Well, as Walt Disney once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

 

 

 

When I conduct interviews, I have to admit that I really don’t have an official angle I work like a lot of writers do when they do interviews. Truth be told, I never do have an angle and it doesn’t matter if I’m interviewing former Governor Daniels or David Crowder. Like any proper journalist, I always have a list of questions to ask in case I develop a temporary case of amnesia, but aside from my handy-dandy list, my main objective is always to just ask some general questions and see what themes evolve over the course of a conversation.

This may not be the method taught at the Harvard School of Journalism, but it works for me; which brings me around to my point. Dreams, both fulfilled and yet to be fulfilled, served as a touchstone of sorts in my conversation with Dave Frey.

Perhaps what I found the most interesting about how this theme kept recurring in our conversation was how Frey consistently pointed much of the credit for achieving his dreams back to others: to God, to his parents, his band mates, his friends, and even teachers from his hometown of Terre Haute.

“Growing up, I had this cloud of witnesses guiding me to truth and love and faith,” said Frey, referring to the verse in Hebrews 12:1 that sparked the Sidewalk Prophet’s latest song and album of the same name, Live Like That.

One such person that had a strong influence on the young Frey was his 10th grade history teacher, Dan McGrath. “There was something about him. You could see the passion inside him. It was infectious,” said Frey. “He loved history, and there are a lot of people who don’t like history, that are bored by it. Why are we rehashing the past, you know? Mr. McGrath just made you realize why history was important, that this was something you could learn from.”

“Watching him, I felt like I was watching Jesus teach his disciples. That’s the passion that Jesus brought, this desperate passion,” said Frey with passion in his own voice. “‘You gotta know this, because this is my heart,” he added after pausing for emphasis.

“I could just see His heart inside of Mr. McGrath. You know, in a public school you can’t necessarily lead kids in prayer but come to find out years later Mr. McGrath was a Christian the whole time. You know, he was showing me that without ever saying it,” Frey said softly. “I was incredibly blessed by his life, and by many other teachers. Teachers are so important in shaping the world.”

Another teacher who had an even more powerful role in shaping Frey’s life besides Mr. McGrath is his mother, who Frey told me has been teaching for 36 years. According to Frey, in addition to her work as a teacher she also serves as the “unofficial” chief promoter of the Sidewalk Prophets.

“My Mom will go to a show and ask people, “Who’s your favorite band?” If they don’t say Sidewalk Prophets, she’ll say “Oh, they’re good too, but I really love those Sidewalk Prophets!” Then she’ll go and buy them all t-shirts,” said Frey with a hearty laugh, adding “I’ll come back and Mom’s bought like 20 t-shirts. She’s our greatest promoter, that’s for sure.”

With that, Frey’s tone turns momentarily more serious. “She and my Father are both the reason I am where I am. They took me to church and showed me, ‘This is what life’s about: bringing joy to others and doing it thru the message of Jesus.’ Yeah, I am very blessed to have the mother and father that I have. Very blessed.”

As someone who has dedicated her adult life to encouraging and empowering young children and families, I love hearing stories like Frey’s.  Truly, it takes both strong parents and influential ‘others’, like teachers, pastors, and youth leaders to bring out the best in kids and ensure that every single child has the very best chance to lead a fulfilling life, a life where they have the tools they need to go out and forge a path to make their own dreams come true.

Perhaps that’s why having a Faith & Family Night to celebrate the importance we place on these values in New Haven is so important to me? No matter the reasoning, it seems my longstanding dream had once again kind of inadvertently found its way into the interview, and intersected with the life and times of Dave Frey.

 

 

 

“You know, I think you really have it in the right order: faith, family, friends,” said Frey. “That’s the order we ought to live our lives.”

I totally agree.

Yet, I wondered, ‘Isn’t it hard to do that when you are on the road more than 200 days a year?’ I mean, seriously, the Sidewalk Prophets are notoriously (in a good way) one of the hardest working groups around with a consistently punishing tour schedule. (For instance, did anyone else realize a few years back they did both the Rock & Worship Roadshow AND Winter Jam in the same winter? While driving a van? And they all lived to tell the tale? Pretty remarkable if you ask me. I barely survived a December road trip to Minnesota in a Honda Civic with my BFF and 2 youngsters.)

“We always have to realize that this is a calling that God has laid on our hearts,” said Frey in his usual gracious and humble manner. “We get to serve him in a mighty way and we don’t want to take that for granted. Not only do we serve him, but we get to do what we’ve always dreamed of. This is a double blessing. It blows my mind how blessed we are. We can’t take that responsibility for granted.”

With this responsibility in mind, Frey will return to his home state of Indiana with the Sidewalk Prophets co-founder, Ben McDonald, lead guitarist Shaun Tomczak, bassist Cal Joslin, and drummer Justin Nace on June 8th to rock the first ever Faith and Family Night in Schnelker Park beginning at 8 pm.

“We’re really excited to come to New Haven,” said Frey. He admitted that while growing up in Terre Haute, different festivals would frequently come to town to play, just not faith-based festivals. “That made it tough,” remembered Frey. “We’d have to drive to Bloomington or Indy or Illinois for the Christian music festivals.”

Frey recalled with a smile to his voice going to concerts at the park in Terre Haute with his Mom as child. “Mom would go to the park with her friends and I would head to the park with her friends’ kids. I would listen from far away. I wasn’t prone to loud music as a kid. I didn’t want to hear them blasting their music, so I’d go out to the swings and listen from afar,” he said with a laugh. “I didn’t get over my aversion to loud music until I was in middle school.”

I think it is fair for me to speak for all the Sidewalk Prophet fans of the world when I say I’m really glad Frey got over his distaste of loud music.

“You know, that’s what’s great about outdoor festivals,” said Frey. “Not everybody wants to be front-row-blown-away-by-the-sound. (Side Note:  My BFF Sarah & I like to be front row center, blasted by the sound unless it’s a RED show.  Sarah may still be missing part of an eyebrow from the last time we got too close to a RED show.)   “There are people out swinging, and families interacting and having fun, and people just there for the atmosphere. Maybe someone who’s just there for the atmosphere will have their life changed because of what God’s doing. That’s our great hope. Hopefully our music is more than just sound bouncing off swing sets; hopefully it’s something that cuts to the heart, perhaps even unexpectedly.”

This is certainly my great hope as the Director of Festival Entertainment, and the great hope of more than 100 pastors and community residents who have been meeting with me since January to pray for the success of Faith & Family Night.

Now, with hope addressed, my mind comes full circle to the dream that started this whole idea of a Faith and Family Night in the first place. I am quietly reminded of something my favorite poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning once wrote: “God’s gifts put men’s best dreams to shame.”

This is so beautifully true; but perhaps Dave from the Sidewalk Prophets said it best in a slightly more modern way when he told me, “When I stand on stage, getting to do what I love, it’s a gift; but when anyone just tries to do something that they love, and spread the love of God, He’s going to bless it when it comes from a real and genuine place. He really is.”

I, for one, am pretty sure that the musical gifts that New Haven is about to hear courtesy of the Sidewalk Prophets on June 8th will exceed even my most ambitious dreams.

Praise God for that!

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Beth Stauffer would like to thank Mr. Frey for taking time away from his vacation with his family to conduct this interview.  It is sincerely appreciated!

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Faith & Family Night Concert Information:  Saturday night, June 8th, 2013.  Pre-show with Central Lutheran School students begins at 7:45 pm at Schnelker Park, Prospect Avenue, New Haven, Indiana.  Hosted by WBCL 90.3 FM.  Opening act–Word artist Love & The Outcome at 8:00 pm, followed by the Sidewalk Prophets at 8:20 pm.  VIP Wristbands for premium seating available for $10.00 donation at the New Haven Parks & Recreation Department, 1125 Hartzell Street, New Haven, IN 46774.

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What did Dave Frey say about Chris August during our interview?  This is a direct quote:  “Chris August is a big jerk.”

OK, Jill, calm down.  He was kidding.  Really, he was totally joking.  I actually thought it was pretty funny!

Dave then went on to say that he and Chris August are actually good friends, and even went to a hockey game together recently.  So, I think it is safe to say that Chris August is not a big jerk.

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Why were the Sidewalk Prophets my #1 choice for Faith & Family Night?  Check it here

Not convincing enough?  Maybe my 3-year-old friend Ned can help.  Check out her Sidewalk Prophet story here

Here’s the link to read the story about my incredible friend Pam.  I last saw Pam and her family in December when I was in Cheese country (aka Wisconsin), and they are all doing exceedingly well.  Since I wrote the linked letter in June 2012, Pam’s sister Daria has completed several rehabilitation programs available to her, and the family prays that she will be released early for good behavior by September.  Please join me in praying for Pam, and Daria, and the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the entire family to be met.

Faith & Family Night News and Exclusive VIP Wristband Giveaway!

For some of you, the following may be new news.  For the rest of you, the following will be old news combined with an entertaining new twist.

On Saturday June 8th during Canal Days, the city of New Haven (Indiana, not Connecticut) is holding a free ‘Faith & Family’ night in Schnelker Park beginning at 8 pm.  .

Now, for those of you who are not familiar with New Haven and/or Canal Days, you may be wondering, like Dave Frey of the Sidewalk Prophets was when I interviewed him for the Festival Guide last month, just what exactly is a Canal Days Festival?

“Is New Haven like the Venice of Indiana?” Dave asked me.

While that would be completely awesome, alas, it is not.

(For more information about the history of New Haven, the Canal Days Festival, and the 1st ever ‘Faith and Family’ Night, visit the official website for Canal Days, www.NewHavenCanalDays.orgAlso, to find out how you can win a pair of VIP wristbands to Faith & Family Night, be sure to keep reading all the way to the end of this post!) 

There is a lot of exciting stuff scheduled to go down at Canal Days this year (I would know—I’m in charge 🙂 )  Of course, I’m very excited to see the new duo, Love & the Outcome, play along with my old favorites, the Sidewalk Prophets; however, if I’m being 100% completely honest, I’m really the most excited to see the opening opening act on June 8th—the Central Lutheran School (CLS) choir!

I’m telling you, these kids are AWESOME, and I can’t wait for y’all to come out and hear just how hard they have been working on their portion of the community concert.

Perhaps some of the reason why these kids are so awesome is because they have an AWESOME music and band teacher, Mrs. Best.  As I recently found out, Mrs. Best (like me) is also a fan of the Sidewalk Prophets.  In her infinite wisdom, she decided to incorporate teaching the different classes that are participating in the community concert about the music of the Sidewalk Prophets.

For instance, the lower elementary students in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades learned about some of the different instruments the Sidewalk Prophets play (banjo, guitar, drums, etc.)  They also watched some YouTube videos of the band in concert, and, as I learned today, watched a video of lead singer Dave singing the book ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?’  (Uh, more on that in a moment.)

As a reading buddy to the lower elementary students, I’ve been able to field many questions by the youngsters about both the upcoming concert and the Sidewalk Prophets in general.

Here are a few of my favorite questions I’ve been asked so far:

Liberty, age 9: “Can I have pink microphone for myself?”   Answer:  No.

Austin, age 8:  “After we sing on stage, can I give you my autograph?”  Answer:  Yes.

Bryce, age 6:  “Can I play the drums?  I promise I won’t break anything.”  Answer:  No.

Alex, age 6:  “Will they be bringing an actual wrecking ball?”  Answer:  I hope not.

Madison, age 5:  “Next year, can we get the Bossy Frog Band to come instead?  They are the best band EVER!”

By far the most popular question , at least in the minds of the Kindergarteners, is “Will that one guy be wearing the funny hat with the horns?”

The field is split 50/50 as to whether the scary hat is a generally good idea or not.  The 6  year old boys all think the hat is brilliant; the 6 year old girls, not so much.

Case in point is adorable Lilly, a red headed kindergartener with freckles and a big front-toothless smile.  Every time she sees me, she asks ‘How many more days until I sing on a real stage?’  She loves to sing, she tells me, and wants to be a singer ‘about Jesus’ when she grows up.

I think that is a grand idea!  Today, however, I noticed Lilly didn’t seem as excited when I told her how many days it is until June 8th(26, in case you were wondering).  In fact, she seemed downright terrified when I told her.

“What’s the matter, Lilly?” I asked.  “Aren’t you excited  for Canal Days?”

“I don’t know,” she said, hesitatingly.  “Is that one guy going to be there?” she asked.

“What ‘one guy’?” I replied.

“You know, the one in the scary hat with the scary singing book,” she said, her eyebrow raised insistently in my direction.

I took me a few seconds to figure out what she was talking about, and another few seconds to keep myself from laughing at her description.  I’m pretty sure this may be the first time in the 46 year history of Bill Martin Jr.’s book Brown Bear, Brown Bear that it has been referred to as ‘scary’.

“Well, Lilly, I’m pretty sure he will be there.  He sings all the songs,” I told her.

Lilly’s eyebrow fell, along with her face.  She looked decidedly pale, which is kind of a feat in itself for a redhead who is usually pale anyways.  “Is he going to wear that scary hat?  And sing that scary book?” she asked in a small voice.

“No, I’m pretty sure the scary hat and scary book don’t travel with the band,” I said.

I admit, that is pretty much a bold faced lie; for all I know, the scary hat and scary book do travel around the world with the Sidewalk Prophets.

Lilly looked relieved; me, not so much.

Let’s hope that the Sidewalk Prophets haven’t revamped their show since Winter Jam to include an opera-inspired retelling of Brown Bear, Brown Bear or I’m going to be in big trouble with a pint-sized firecracker.

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Now, for the moment you’ve been waiting for….I’m officially announcing a contest to win a pair of VIP Wristbands to the Canal Days Faith & Family Night on June 8th!  I have 5 pairs to give away.  Here are the very few but important official rules:

  1.  You must be able to attend the Faith & Family Night on June 8th, 2013 in New Haven, Indiana.  This means you have to provide your own transportation to the show.  I will not be providing round-trip airfare or hotel accommodations with the VIP Wristbands.  (Sorry!  Low budget operation here!)
  2. You must not have won any previous giveaways on Spin: The Blog in last 12 calendar months.
  3. This giveaway has no cash value and is not transferrable to any other party.
  4. Only 1 entry per person, please, and only 1 winner per household.

Now, here’s how you win.  It involves answering a trivia question and e-mailing me.  Follow the steps below exactly to be eligible to win!

  1.  Here is the question you must correctly answer :  “SWP’s Dave performance of  ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear’ was not the first time he donned a “scary hat” (AKA Viking helmet) and sang a classic work of Children’s literature.  Name the other famous Children’s book that Dave has read online wearing the “scary hat”.
  2. E-mail Beth@NewHavenCanalDays.org with the correct answer.  You must include “SWP VIP” in the e-mail heading.
  3. The first 5 correct responses will receive a pair of wristbands.  If you are a winner, you will be asked to provide your name, address, and a phone number where you can be reached in order to claim your prize within 24 hours or your prize will be forfeited.

If you don’t end up winning this contest, never fear.  My friends at WBCL 90.3 FM are doing a giveaway of their own beginning on Monday, May 22nd, 2013 on the Morning Show.  Larry and Ken will have ‘Live Like That’ CD’s and VIP Wristbands to give away every morning up until Faith & Family Night on June 8th, 2013.  Good luck!

Jars of Clay…Live From My Living Room

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So, check this out…

Right now, I’m sitting here wearing my pink Tinkerbell pajamas and watching Jars of Clay perform live from my living room.

No joke.

Oh, and they are singing a remake of “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.”

Again, no joke.

(OK, so maybe I should have prefaced this blog by saying that technically what I’m watching is a live stream on my laptop; with that being said, however, I did purchase a $5 ticket to watch the stream, so I still consider this a concert.  Fair enough, right?)

To make a long story short, I wrote the following equation to simplify matters a bit:

Jars of Clay + Me in PJs + Sitting in My Living Room – $5 Ticket = Win!

I’m not sure who the mastermind is behind concert streaming, but I’ve got to hand it to whoever invented it…streaming is awesome!  (Perhaps not quite as awesome as a real, live concert…but the price can’t be beat and I for one am happy not to have to deal with parking nightmares, traffic, and lines for concessions/souveniers/bathrooms like you would normally have to contend with at concert.  The older and crankier I get, the more I hate spending what little time I have left standing around in line!)

Oh, but I digress…

The concert itself was great!  Great song choices that true JOC fans would appreciate and not just a run-down of Greatest Hits, including a couple from the band’s 2005 magnum opus, Good Monsters (Dead Man (Carry Me) and Oh My God).  The vocals sounded AWESOME, which was sort of a relief because you never know when you are dealing with technology what could go wrong.  Of course, there was a lot of fun commentary and humor mixed in between numbers (plus a live chat for concertgoers which I thought was fun!)

By far, the runaway performance of the night was Steve Mason’s handlebar moustache; it was oddly interesting to say the least.  I just hope the trend doesn’t catch on!  (Can you picture tobyMac with a handlebar moustache?  Jon Micah Sumrall from Kutless?  Bart Millard from MercyMe?  Well, maybe Bart Millard.  Just kidding!)

The other show stopper from the concert, at least for me, was Charlie Lowell’s harmonies during Dead Man (Carry Me).   Dan Haseltine sounded superb all night long, but when you add Charlie’s voice…wowza.  Really good stuff!

For those of you who want to know the full set list from tonight’s concert on StageIt.Com…here ya go!

1. Work

2. Sunny Days

3. Worlds Apart

4. Something Beautiful

5. Five Candles

6. Dead Man (Carry Me)

7. Oh My God

8. Girls Just Want to Have Fun

9. Eyes Wide Open

(See, I told you I wasn’t kidding about the Girls Just Want to Have Fun song!)

This was just the first of 3 already scheduled JOC live streaming events, so if you missed out on tonight’s fete never fear.  The next one is scheduled for April 23rd, 2013 at 7 pm EST.  You can purchase your $5 ticket now at www.StageIt.com… Currently, there are about 40 tickets left, but I wouldn’t worry if they run out.  The band added tickets in increments of 30-50 at a time right up until a day before the show and based on the success of the first StageIt.Com/JOC live stream event, there would be no reason why they wouldn’t do that again!  (Hint, hint.)

Mandisa News!

One of my favorite ladies, Mandisa, has a busy day in store tomorrow, February 20th, 2013! First up, the multi-Grammy nominated sweetheart will be performing her hit song, ‘Stronger’ on Good Morning America in celebration of Robin Roberts triumphant return to the show after a near death battle with cancer. GMA had previously used ‘Stronger’ as an anthem of sorts during updates about Roberts’ progress following her bone marrow transplant treatment in 2012. This will not be Mandisa’s first time on GMA; in August 2012, Mandisa performed a rollicking rendition of the song ‘Good Morning’ from her latest album, ‘What If We Were Real’, along with Mr. tobyMac. Mandisa is set to sing ‘Stronger’ tomorrow during the 8 o’clock hour on Good Morning America (ABC).

Following her performance on GMA, Mandisa will head over to the popular daytime TV show, The Doctors, to discuss her weight loss journey with Dr. Travis Stork. (Anyone remember him from The Bachelor? I do!) According to my Mother, who unbeknownst to me until today is an AVID fan of The Doctors, the show is on NBC here in Fort Wayne at 9 am and 11 am.  Apparently, it is such a popular show here in Northeast Indiana that they need to air it twice daily.  If you aren’t fortunate enough to live in Indiana, you can find out where to tune in in your neck of the woods at The Doctors official website, http://www.thedoctorstv.com.

After her TV appearances, Mandisa will be jetting off on a 23 city 3 in 1 tour along with Brandon Heath and Laura Story.  I’m taking my sister and 7 year old niece to go see the show on April 12th in Indianapolis and can’t wait! (Side Note to my sister, Stacy–if you are reading this, you best act real surprised when you open the tickets for your birthday!)

If you want to practice singing along to ‘Stronger’ so you’ll be ready for both Mandisa’s appearance on GMA and her upcoming tour, check out the video below of her performing ‘Stronger’ live in studio.  (Okay, I have to write one more side note:  I love Mandisa SO much that I have even been known to sing AND dance along with her at her concerts.  I NEVER do that, which is a testament to the lovely and talented Mandisa’s spirited performances.  She’s a true Jesus loving gem!  Definitely check out her TV appearances tomorrow, and if you get the chance, go see her on tour this spring!)

Harlem Shake (Winter Jam Edition)

The lovely folks over at Winter Jam recently shared the following video of the tour’s 2013 bands and staff doing the Harlem Shake.  Since I am currently obsessed with the Harlem Shake and thought this particular video was pretty hilarious (and I’ve watched A LOT of Harlem Shake videos on YouTube lately, which I probably shouldn’t admit but oh well…) I thought I would share here with you.

My only critique of the video is that it looks like the Winter Jammers are having so much fun on tour that it may in fact be illegal in some parts of the country; hence, the reason why they are selling out show after show all over the country.  Love it!  (And if you have the chance to go check out Winter Jam 2013, go and get there early so you don’t become a Winter Jam Reject 🙂 )

The City Harmonic News!

Instagram photo of Eric Fusilier's triumphant return to the stage with The City Harmonic after beating cancer

Instagram photo of Eric Fusilier’s triumphant return to the stage with The City Harmonic after beating cancer

Yesterday was a super big day for music news!  It was both Grammy Weekend and the opening weekend for the Rock & Worship Roadshow, to name but a few things that were happening in the world of Christian Music.  Even with these two huge events happening, however, these weren’t the stories that caught my attention this morning when I looked over my social media feeds.

Nope, it was a single, inauspicious tweet and instagram photo that caught from The City Harmonic that caught my attention.

Now, if you aren’t familiar with The City Harmonic, you should be!  This band of Canadian rockers has one of if not the very best live performances around, not to mention the fact that their critically acclaimed debut release, I Have a Dream (It Feels Like Home) is the bomb.

Yet, just a year ago in January of 2012 the band’s world was seemingly rocked when bassist Eric Fusilier was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Leukemia known as ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia).  In a letter posted on The City Harmonic’s website on January 12th, 2012, the band wrote:  “It is with a heavy and yet hopeful heart that we ask your help in prayer. A few nights ago, our brother-in-Christ and bandmate Eric Fusilier was feeling weak and unable to move. As such, he and his wife visited the doctor and underwent a series of tests. Within a matter of hours they received a phone call urging them to hurry him to a hospital for further tests and to treat some serious concerns.  Thankfully, this is a treatable and potentially curable cancer, however it will be a challenging road ahead for Eric and Laura’s families as well as their friend and family. For now, we simply ask that you join with us in prayer for the Eric, Laura, and all those touched by him. Please pray for his health and well-being, and thank God for his courage and continued good-spirits in this difficult time.”

After a brief remission of the disease in March, the band reported that Eric had suffered a heartbreaking relapse on Easter in April of 2012.  As Eric faced additional treatments and a difficult stem cell transplant, the band wrote the following on their website:  “Yet again we are asking for your support and prayer through this difficult time, specifically for Eric’s health as well as the emotional and mental well-being of those around him and close to him. We are trusting this Easter weekend that just as Christ rose from the grave and defeated death, that we live for the God who is capable of defeating death and all of his agents, including Leukemia.”

So, you’re probably wondering about that tweet that caught my attention this morning.

It simply said, “For the first time in over a year (and since beating cancer) we were joined onstage tonight by the one and only Eric Fusilier!”

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

I’m so happy for Eric and his family and friends on his triumphant return to the stage with The City Harmonic!  Truly, these are some of the nicest guys you could ever care to meet.  Check out the band’s official video for “Mountaintop” below, which features an especially poignant appearance by Eric that was filmed in the midst of his treatments.  I think the lyrics “We’ve been to the mountaintop. We’ve seen the glory of our God.  He is here in the valley low, He’s here I feel it in my bones, Our God, here and now We are the body of our God…What happens to me now I know for sure that we’ve been changed somehow and we’ll be the glory of our King In His kingdom come” are especially meaningful considering Eric’s journey back to health, supported by his bandmates, family and friends in prayer.

 

Side Note:  I’m really looking forward to seeing Eric play with The City Harmonic when they come to South Bend for the World Pulse Festival in August!

A Very Veggie Post for the Little Christian Music Fans!

(Although sadly this tour is not coming to Fort Wayne, I’m going to share the info anyway…Alex and I went to a VeggieTales live show last year, and it was awesome!  Gotta love VeggieTales, however, I have to admit I’m feeling really old knowing that Bob and Larry are 20!)

From Press Release…

YOU’RE INVITED TO A VEGGIETALES® BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!

BIG IDEA ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS
THE VEGGIETALES LIVE! HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOB & LARRY TOUR
PREMIERING IN OVER 35 CITIES March 1 THROUGH APRIL 28, 2013

A One-Of-A-Kind Celebration For 20 Years Of Silliness, Stories and Songs

FRANKLIN, TN (February 4, 2013) — Big Idea Entertainment, a leading studio and producer of children’s and family programming, characters and brands, announced today the official tour dates for their brand-new VeggieTales Live! Happy Birthday Bob & Larry tour. The show will run in over 35 major markets nationwide this spring including Nashville, TN, Kansas City, MO, Atlanta, GA, Birmingham, AL, Tallahassee, FL, Fort Myers, FL and more, in addition to a seven-day tour run in Canada. For the current tour itinerary, ticket information and group sales, please visit veggietales.com/live or iTickets.com.

It’s a very Veggie birthday, and you are invited! Join Bob and Larry and the entire VeggieTales® crew as they put on the biggest birthday party ever celebrating VeggieTales’ 20 years of stories, songs and fun. The show is filled with silly song favorites and memorable entertainment for the whole family! You won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind celebration! The tour will feature fan-favorite songs like “The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything,” “His Cheeseburger,” “I Love My Lips,” “Song of the Cebu,” “The Hairbrush Song,” “Monkey” and “God is Bigger than the Boogie-Man.”

“This super special VeggieTales production is a must-see show for children and their entire family,” said Leslie Ferrell, General Manager of Big Idea Entertainment. “Bob, Larry and the VeggieTales crew will be there to help us celebrate 20 years of hilarious stories, silly songs and lessons to live by. You’re invited to come be a part of all of fun with us!”

World Vision® has partnered with Big Idea Entertainment as a sponsor for the VeggieTales Live! Happy Birthday Bob & Larry tour. Through World Vision’s child sponsorship efforts, countless lives have changed for children and their whole communities by providing access to necessities like clean water, health care, education and much more.

About Big Idea Entertainment
Big Idea Entertainment is celebrating 20 years as a leading studio and producer of children’s and family programming, characters and brands. Big Idea’s best-selling series VeggieTales® is a one of the most recognized brands in the US with moms of pre-schoolers*. Since 1993, VeggieTales® has sold 60+ million videos, 13 million books and more than 7 million CDs. VeggieTales® and Big Idea’s property, 3-2-1 Penguins!®, enjoyed four seasons as top-rated series on NBC Saturday mornings, Telemundo and ION TV. The studio’s two theatrical releases, Lionsgate’s Jonah-A VeggieTales Movie® (2002), and Universal Pictures’ The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything®-A VeggieTales Movie® (2008), are distinguished among the most successful faith-based films of all time. Big Idea also maintains an extensive presence in publishing, licensing and live entertainment arenas. For more information on Big Idea, visit: http://www.VeggieTales.com.

Big Daddy Weave ‘Redeemed’ Tour News!

(Side Note–I’m sharing because Fort Wayne is on the list of tour stops!  Woot!  I was starting to think Big Daddy Weave had an aversion to Fort Wayne or something because it has been awhile since they’ve been here; also of special note, Chris August will be coming along for the ride.  In case you are a devoted blog follower, yes, I plan to have my friend Jill on tight leash at the show, that is if I even consent to going with her at all.  She’s Family Force 5 cray-button crazy about Chris August!)

From Press Release:

NASHVILLE, TN (January 29, 2013) – Dove Award-winning group Big Daddy Weave is set to depart on the second leg of their highly-successful “The Redeemed Tour” February 1 in Wausau, WI. The tour, featuring chart-topping artist Chris August and special guest Citizen Way, is scheduled to stop in over 38 cities from February through May. This launch comes on the heels of the band’s hit No. 1 single, “Redeemed,” which spent eight weeks at No. 1 on the NCA (National Christian Audience Chart) and nine weeks at No. 1 on the AC Monitored Chart. The video for the hit song has also proven to be a hit as it has amassed close to two million views on YouTube.

“What happens every night on ‘The Redeemed Tour’ is the most special thing we’ve ever been a part of, and it just keeps growing,” says Big Daddy Weave’s lead singer Mike Weaver. “We’re excited to play and be with the wonderful people that we meet in every town.  We’re also big fans of everybody playing on the tour, so we couldn’t ask for anything more!  We can’t wait to see what God does next with all of this.”

Label mate and three-time Dove Award-winner Chris August will also be joining Big Daddy Weave on this leg of “The Redeemed Tour. This past summer, August released his sophomore album, The Upside of Down, and collaborated with Group 1 Crew on their No. 1 hit, “He Said.” Fans can expect to hear his next single, “Restore,” when it hits radio February 1.

 

Citizen Way has made a big impression fast with their first single “Should’ve Been Me” reaching the radio chart’s top 10.  The Elgin, IL band’s appearance on Big Daddy Weave’s “The Redeemed Tour” marks their debut on a nationwide tour.

 

“The Redeemed Tour” is scheduled to hit the following cities:

 

Feb. 1              The Grand Theater – Wausau, WI

Feb. 2              Community Church – Oshkosh, WI

Feb. 7              Eagle Heights Church – Somerset, KY

Feb. 8              BC Lloyd Building – Paragould, AR

Feb. 9              Christ Fellowship – McKinney, TX

Feb. 10            MK Brown Civic Auditorium –  Pampa, TX

Feb. 12            Clovis Civic Center – Clovis, NM

Feb. 13            RN Tydings Auditorium – Hobbs, NM

Feb. 14            St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church – Tucson, AZ

Feb. 15            Trinity Life Center – Las Vegas, NV

Feb. 16            Reno Christian Fellowship – Reno, NV

Feb. 17            Faith Community Church – Acampo, CA

Feb. 21            Marshfield High School – Coos Bay, OR

Feb. 23            Dayspring Fellowship – Keizer, OR

Feb. 24            Everett Theatre – Everett, WA

Feb. 26            The House of Faith – Lewiston, ID

Feb. 27            Idaho Falls Civic Auditorium – Idaho Falls, ID

Feb. 28            Cheyenne Civic Center – Cheyenne, WY

March 1           Restoration Church – Casper, WY

March 2           Helena Community Facilities Center – Helena, MT

March 3           Faith Evangelical Church – Billings, MT

March 8           Rodger’s Theatre, Poplar Bluff, MO

March 9           Cornerstone Christian Academy – Shelbyville, KY

March 10         Dublin Jerome High School Center for Performing Arts – Dublin, OH

March 14         Memorial Stadium – Waycross, GA

March 15         Westover Church – Greensboro, NC

March 16         Charleston Southern University – Charleston, SC

March 21         Christ Community Chapel – Hudson, OH

March 22         Blackhawk Ministries – Fort Wayne, IN

March 23         Cornerstone Church – West Chester, OH

March 24         Trinity Evangelical – Upper Sandusky, OH

April 5              Cross Creek Community Church – Trucksville, PA

April 6              Wyoming United Methodist Church – Dover, DE

April 13            Davis and Elkins College Auditorium – Elkins, WV

April 14            Walker Center – Wilkesboro, NC

April 20            Plant City Stadium – Plant City, FL

April 21            Truett-McConnell College – Cleveland, GA

April 26            Concordia University Wisconsin – Mequon, WI

May 4              Wild Adventures Theme Park – Valdosta, GA

 

About Big Daddy Weave: 

Big Daddy Weave formed when Mike Weaver, Jay Weaver, Jeremy Redmon, Jeff Jones and Joe Shirk got together at the University of Mobile. They stepped into the spotlight in 2002 with the release of their second album One and Only, which debuted in SoundScan’s Christian Top 5 and saw the group nominated as Dove Awards New Artist of the Year. Their 2010 album Christ Has Come won a Dove for Christmas Album of the Year, and they recently released their first greatest hits compilation, The Ultimate Collection. They have been honored at ASCAP’s Christian Music Awards, were chosen for the WOW Hits compilations in five of the last six years, and are one of the 10 most played artists at Christian radio over the past decade.

Winter Jam Tour: Sidewalk Prophets Review

So here on Spin: The Blog it is not a very well-kept secret that I am a mega-fan of the Sidewalk Prophets.  It is sort of a joke (but not seriously) that when the Sidewalk Prophets come to New Haven in June for Canal Days to play at our Faith & Family Night that the biggest threat to security will be me, and I’m the one who signed the contract for them to come and is in charge of the entire festival’s entertainment stage.  (I promise to be on my best, most professional behavior on June 8th, Girl Scout’s honor; and if not, I’m sure the police will have their tasers charged up and ready to go!)

Anyhow, my BFF Sarah and I were excited to see the Sidewalk Prophets at Winter Jam, and we were curious to see how they would adapt the longer show we are used to seeing to a shorter format.  (Sarah and I were guessing they would have maybe 15-20 minutes on stage.)  The Sidewalk Prophets pretty much stuck to a montage of crowd-pleasing favorites:  my all-time favorite song of favorite songs, You Love Me Anyway, The Words I Would Say, and Live Like That.  In a surprising twist, they bypassed completely their newest single, Help Me Find It, and instead closed out the show with the rollicking good Love Love Love that is accompanied by an appropriately awesome Lego-esque video.

Honestly, I thought that was a pretty sound move; I really like the song Help Me Find It and thought it was a good choice for the follow-up single to Live Like That.  In concert, however, Help Me Find It is one of the longer songs because of the way they work the intro to give lead singer Dave Frey the opportunity to showcase some of his vocal chops.  Winter Jam isn’t really the format for that kind of thing, though; it’s more like speed dating, where you’ve got the equivalent of 30 seconds to bring out your razzle dazzle before moving along to make room for the next big thing.  With that being said, you probably can’t go wrong with a song that features a Legos video and lyrics that incorporate Chuck Norris and Star Wars.  Everybody likes Legos, Chuck Norris, and Star Wars; plus, it’s decidedly unique for a video/song lyric combo.

Enough about that, though.  I’m going to tell you the most important point that I want to make in this review, and I’ve been thinking about this for a while now, even before Winter Jam when Sarah and I were discussing how we thought the Sidewalk Prophets would adjust their show to fit in the allotted time.  At some point last year, when I was in the midst of attending the 100+ concerts I saw in 2012, it occurred to me that only one group/band/artist/whatever you want to call it always made a point of always physically bringing the word of God out onto the stage in the middle of a concert.

Only one group.  Always.  Every time.

If you guessed that group was the Sidewalk Prophets, you would be correct.

I found that I really looked forward to that portion of a Sidewalk Prophets concert, and that it really added something special and meaningful to each and every show.

I can’t begin to tell you all how glad I was at Winter Jam when Dave brought the trusty old Bible out and started in with the words that are now almost familiar to me.  That part of the concert could have very easily been scrapped to squeeze in another song, but instead it almost felt like the whole show was revamped to be built around that moment with the Bible.

Really, isn’t the truths contained in the Bible what Winter Jam’s ultimately all about anyway?

I’m pretty sure it is, which is why I think this alone speaks very highly of the integrity and genuineness of the Sidewalk Prophets.

Of course, I should probably confess that as soon as I saw the Bible start to come out, I looked at Sarah and said, “Told you so!”  Perhaps that wasn’t one of my finer moments, but who doesn’t like to be proven right every once in a while?  Okay, so maybe just me.  My bad.

It certainly goes without saying that the quality of the Sidewalk Prophets musicianship at Winter Jam was stellar (as usual!), so I won’t drag this review on for any longer than necessary.  This is how I see it:  Royal Tailor may have more flair in the fashion department, TobyMac may well be kind of an icon, and Red quite literally set the stage on fire, but my favorite performance of the night by a considerable margin was the Sidewalk Prophets.  I think you’ll agree with me that once you’ve seen them in concert, there is something very special about this group of guys.  If you haven’t seen them in concert and don’t have either of their CD’s, then I have to ask…what are you waiting for?!  Christmas was last month!  (Preview their latest album, Live Like That, below on Spotify!)