Breaking News: Plumb Announces Need You Now Tour!

I am SO excited for this!! Not only is Plumb headed out on tour this fall for the first time in 7 years, she’s taking two of my favorites with her–Josh Wilson AND Mikeschair! Somebody sign me up for tickets now! This is going to be AWESOME ūüôā

from Press Release:

PLUMB Announces First Tour in Seven Years
Sponsored by Metro World Child, the Need You Now Tour to Feature
Josh Wilson and Mikeschair as Support

Nashville, TN ‚Äď Curb Recording artist PLUMB announced today her upcoming ‚ÄúNeed You Now‚ÄĚ tour, sponsored by Metro World Child. After taking a seven-year hiatus from the road, the tour will kick off in September and will travel to 24 cities throughout the fall. Josh Wilson and Mikeschair will join the tour as support.

Need You Now, the album, has received rave reviews and incredible fan support. The title track received early confirmation from radio, hitting the #1 spot on the Billboard Christian CHR¬†chart for 5 weeks in a row, and (sales chart?) Her new single ‚ÄúOne Drop‚ÄĚ has been getting early support, debuting this week on the Billboard Christian Hot AC/CHR chart at number 23.

Plumb explains, “I am SO excited to officially announce the ‚ÄúNeed You Now‚ÄĚ tour, which also happens to be my very first headlining tour. I have been off the road for some time now, starting a family…and now is the perfect time to come back. I can‚Äôt imagine a better album than Need You Now to make all this happen. It‚Äôs an honor to be sharing the stage with two of my favorite artists, Josh Wilson and Mikeschair. Plus, now my kiddos are old enough to work…they can count t-shirts…or something. Ha! See you this fall!”

Metro World Child has signed on as the key sponsor of the tour. For the past 33 years, MWC reaches 100,000 inner city children and their families in New York City and in various urban centers around the globe. As a faith-based humanitarian organization, Metro World Child believes that transformation comes from the inside and is designed to break destructive cycles and give children hope for the future.

Confirmed tour dates include:

9/27 ‚Äď Charlotte, NC
9/28 ‚Äď Columbia, SC
9/29 ‚Äď Macon, GA
10/4 ‚Äď Brunswick, OH
10/5 ‚Äď Mount Vernon, OH
10/6 ‚Äď Holland, MI
10/9 – Vienna, VA
10/11 ‚Äď Vineland, NJ
10/12 ‚Äď Burlington, VT
10/13 ‚Äď York, PA
10/17 ‚Äď Campbellsville, KY
10/19 ‚Äď Memphis, TN
10/20 ‚Äď Ft. Smith, AR
10/25 ‚Äď Farmington, NM
10/26 ‚Äď Queen Creek, AZ
10/28 ‚Äď Perryton, TX

http://www.plumbinfo.com

MIKESCHAIR debuts new lyric video for ‘All I Can Do (Thank You)’

The fun bunch known as MIKESCHAIR has a great new song out, and along with it, a brand spanking new lyric video for the song ‘All I Can Do (Thank You)’. It has that great MIKESCHAIR sound about it, while managing to somehow avoid sounding like any of the previous MIKESCHAIR songs. I don’t know how they do that, but I do know that I like this song a lot! I bet you will, too….so enjoy! (And, may I add, if you get the chance go check them out on the Redeemed Tour with Big Daddy Weave and Citizen Way in the near future…by all means, go! I saw MIKESCHAIR back in November and LOVED them, and I saw the Redeemed Tour minus MIKESCHAIR plus Chris August a few weeks ago and I LOVED it, too. Definitely a must see!)

A Confession…and an Interview With Big Daddy Weave

I have a confession to make.

I’ve been holding out on you, my faithful readers.

Okay, so maybe that sounds a little more dramatic than necessary, but it’s still kind of true. ¬†On Friday, March 22nd, 2013 I had one of the nicest conversations/interviews of the year with someone who I know you all already adore.

How do I know y’all adore this guy and his band, you might be thinking? ¬†Well, I faithfully read my blog’s search engine statistics, and the band Big Daddy Weave¬†¬†is surpassed ¬†in search engine statistic popularity on my blog each month only by Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame. ¬†(Don’t ask why a blog about Christian music gets thousands of hits about Duck Dynasty on a weekly basis. ¬†I can’t figure it out either!)

Prior to meeting Mike Weaver, lead singer of ¬†Big Daddy Weave, I didn’t really get why Mike and BDW¬†were causing¬†such a stir on my monthly blog reports. Not to be¬†flippant or anything, but there are Christian artists who have been around longer and perhaps have more big name recognition than the guys in BDW; like, for instance, tobyMac and Michael Tait of the Newsboys. ¬†I don’t know that I’ve ever gotten a report with Michael Tait’s name on it, which, come to think of it,¬†is another one of the internet’s great mysteries (at least to me anyways!) ¬†There are also a lot of flashier, new up and coming bands that I frequently write about, like for King & Country and the City Harmonic, who generate some readership for me but don’t ever even come close to the numbers that BDW generates.

After meeting Mike and BDW, however, I think I now totally get what makes these guys a fan favorite on the world-wide web.

They are a study in dichotomies.

Hilarious, but with a serious message.

Successful, but oh so very humble.

Fun, but never-failing to point out the fact that their joy comes from the Lord.

Calling BDW ‘special’ doesn’t really seem to do them justice.

The band Big Daddy Weave in a recent promotional shot

The band Big Daddy Weave in a recent promotional shot

After almost 15 years together as a band, you might think that when Big Daddy Weave heads out on tour, to a certain extent things would be more of the same old, same old just in a different zip code with new faces each night.

You’d be sorely mistaken.

In fact, one of the few things that might be same wherever Big Daddy Weave goes is the standard interviews with local press.  You could have colored me surprised when, immediately after introducing myself and sitting down for my chat with Mike Weaver, he took the lead in the interview.

“First, let’s talk about this name, Big Daddy Weave,” he said with a smile.

I got the very distinct impression that he had probably been asked at least a million and a half times already about the origin of the band’s name. ¬†Ironically enough, I really had no intention of asking him about the band’s name. ¬†Thanks to the modern miracle of Google, I already had a pretty good handle on the origins of the band’s name.

“”Okay,” I replied. ¬†“Let’s talk about it.”

“You know, we get asked about our name all the time,” said Weaver. ¬†“I bet the Casting Crowns never get asked that question.”

“Probably not,” I said.

“We never thought we’d still be doing this after almost 15 years,” Weaver said thoughtfully, tapping his finger against his chin. ¬†“If we did, we would have called ourselves something way cooler than ‘Big Daddy Weave’.”

“So, if you could rename the band anything else at this point, what would it be?” I asked.

Without missing a beat, he replied “MercyMe.”

“That’s a good name,” I said. ¬†“Solid. ¬†I think it has a lot of potential, some real traction.”

“I can only imagine,” said Weaver, sending the entire room into spasms of laughter. ¬†(You might need to be familiar with MercyMe’s body of work to really get this one!)

Before the concert having a laugh with my BFF Sarah and BDW's Mike and Jay Weaver

Before the concert having a laugh with my BFF¬†Sarah and BDW’s Mike and Jay Weaver

Back in the days before the band members of¬†Big Daddy Weave had even met, much less given themselves a name other than ‘MercyMe’, Mike Weaver was a worship leader at a church in Florida along with his brother Jay (who plays the bass and sings). ¬†Part of the deal with the church’s pastor, according to Mike, was that he had to attend college in addition to fulfilling his duties at the church.

Early on, Weaver’s pastor noticed that he was always hanging around at church so he sent him to a college an hour away in Mobile, Alabama; a good enough distance to keep him away and focused on his courses during the week, but still close enough for him to get back to church on Sunday.

During Weaver’s first semester of school in Mobile, he met all of the original members of Big Daddy Weave.

I asked Weaver, because of his background leading worship, how performing in a concert varies from leading worship.

“The only thing that makes a concert a concert is the billing,” said Weaver. ¬†“That, and the sound and lighting that is used to make it look that way. ¬†The heart is still very much in worship mode.”

Weaver recalls being told early in his career by an industry professional to never label Big Daddy Weave as a worship band. ¬†“I was very offended by that statement,” said Weaver emphatically. ¬†“We are worshippers, that’s who and what we are. ¬†The Lord convicted me to not worry about what we are called, but to worry about who and what we are.”

Our discussion of the difference between concerts and worship (or rather, the lack thereof), naturally segued into a topic that Weaver is obviously passionate about: ¬†worship. ¬†“We have songs that work in a corporate kind of setting, and then there are songs that don’t necessarily work in that kind of setting but boy do they sure work on the radio,” he told me. ¬†“At the heart of what we do, at the heart of worship, is responding to who He is. ¬†That’s what worship is, seeing Him, seeing how great He is, and responding naturally to who He is. ¬†That’s what we encourage people to do every night, it’s what we pray for every night. ¬†We want Him to be revealed, because that’s a game changer. ¬†If He shows up, we’re not leaving the same way that we came.”

At this point, the witty and light-hearted Weaver turns more contemplative. ¬†“You know, as a band ¬†there were a lot of nights on tour when we did leave the same way that we came, and I’m just being completely honest with you, probably worse than when we came,” said Weaver, quietly but directly. ¬†“We knew the right words to say, you know what I mean? ¬†It wasn’t that we did it on purpose, and we always, always knew in our hearts that there was something more. ¬†In these last couple of years, we’ve really seen Him, we’ve seen Him move, and it has altered us.”

This revelation has led to a deeper, more intense focus for the band to personally minister to those they meet on the road at their concerts. ¬†This truth was plainly evident to me as I attended the band’s Redeemed Tour at Blackhawk Ministries on March 22nd. ¬†At the conclusion of the tour, band member Joe led concertgoers in simple worship songs as Mike invited attendees who wanted to know more about Christ, or those who felt compelled to seek prayers or spiritual guidance to come to the front and speak with the rest of the band.

“Let me be clear about this,” Weaver told concert attendees at the beginning of this portion of the evening. ¬†“If you come forward with a Sharpie asking for an autograph right now, you will be turned away. ¬†There will be time for that later. ¬†This is the time for something more.”

I watched as dozens of people went forward, many with tears streaming down their faces.

I turned in my seat to face my own friend, Sarah, who had accompanied me to the concert.

She had tears streaming down her face.

“I am so moved right now,” said Sarah. ¬†“I’ve never seen or experienced anything like this before at a concert,” she added, using her sleeve to dot at her tears with a shrug and a smile.

Me either, and I get paid to attend and write about concerts, usually well over a hundred a year.

Mike Weaver

Mike Weaver

Just a short hour earlier, Weaver and I had discussed his songwriting process (he writes or co-writes all of Big Daddy Weave’s music). ¬†“You know, there’s no point in the process where I say to myself, ‘Now, if I change to this chord or say this instead of that, everyone is really going to start giving their heart up to the Lord,” he said with his trademark dry wit. ¬†“There‚Äôs never a¬†part in the songwriting process where you‚Äôre like, ‘Well, that right there is a winner.¬† That‚Äôs going to turn somebody‚Äôs life around.’¬† The Holy Spirit has to do that; but, He wants to.”

Of the band’s immensely popular song, Redeemed, Weaver said after¬†authoring the song with co-writer Benji Cowart (a worship leader in New York) on Skype, he initially planned to keep the song for his own personal collection. ¬†“When we finished writing Redeemed, I didn’t even give it to the label. ¬†I thought, this song is for me. ¬†I thought, this song is too slow. ¬†I thought it was all these other things, but the Lord just started using it.”

Perhaps the reason Weaver was somewhat hesitant to share the song initially was due to its intensely personal origins.

“I’d had the chorus rolling around in my head for a while¬†that day I Skyped with Benji,” Weaver told me. ¬†“We just began talking about it, and talking about everything: ¬†my own inadequacies and my own hatred of myself that I have lived with for so long but never really knew how to pinpoint that’s what it was. ¬†It was just who I was. ¬†I didn’t know what it was. ¬†All I knew was, I didn’t like me. ¬†I always thought that if I could somehow change me, then I would like me better. ¬†The Lord has shown me that I was not truly receiving who I am in Him,” said Weaver simply.

“You know, He makes some pretty clear, seemingly audacious statements about who we are in Him. ¬†He looks at things that aren’t pretty and says, ‘Nope. ¬†Beautiful.’¬†¬†Know what I mean? ¬†He looks at what is not holy¬†and says, ‘Nope.¬†¬†Sanctified.'” says Weaver, snapping his fingers. ¬†“Because of what He has done, He is IT. ¬†For us to disagree with Him, it’s like ‘Who are we, anyway?’ ¬† He’s the King of the universe! ¬†Oh, I think I might know….well, nothing compared to what He knows. ¬†He is and He knows and He loves. ¬†He¬†loves people, and I’m more sure of that now than I’ve ever been in my entire life because I know that He loves me.”

Weaver is quiet for a moment, pensive, carefully selecting the words he wants to say next. ¬†“I think this message is important to God. ¬†I think this message is important to His heart. ¬†He wants people to know that He’s not mad at them. ¬†When the angels said ‘Peace on Earth and goodwill toward men,’ they were talking about the person of Jesus and what He was there to do. ¬†They weren’t talking about the absence of violence in the world. ¬†This rift between God and us, it’s reconciled. ¬†The blood of Jesus holds back the entire wrath of God from us. ¬†It shows us His Daddy’s heart. ¬†He loves us, every single one of us. ¬†That’s what he wants to get across. ¬†It is done. ¬†It is finished. ¬†He said, it is finished, and it is finished. ¬†Now it’s up to us, to receive what has already been done.”

So, so true.

Even though Weaver and Big Daddy Weave have a serious message and a serious ministry to carry out, don’t be fooled into thinking that the Redeemed Tour is lacking in the fun department. ¬†Contrary to popular belief, Christians can and do have a lot of fun.

If this statement of fact is ever called into question, the shenanigans on the ¬†Redeemed Tour¬†bus could very well be the defense’s Exhibit A.

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Chris August on stage at the Redeemed Tour stop at Blackhawk Ministries on March 22nd, 2013

Chris August, (a notorious prankster and) one of the opening performers for the first leg of the 2013 Redeemed Tour, told me in an interview on the 22nd that he can’t think of a night on tour that the guys haven’t literally laughed until they cried.

Mike Weaver agreed.¬† “Every night, it’s a regular variety show out on the bus,”¬†he said.

One source of entertainment for the guys is something Weaver likes to call ‘Bus Diving.’

“I hope the Olympic Committee will consider Bus Diving for the next Olympics, actually,” said Weaver of the sport that he claims to have invented.¬† “I’m the initiator of Bus Diving.¬† Don’t you at least get a medal or something if you invent an Olympic sport?” he asked me.

Probably not, but you might get a 3 minute documentary of your life tenderly voiced over by Bob Costas during the midnight to 2 am Olympic time slot (if it’s a slow news day).

When I asked Weaver if he could explain to me just what exactly Bus Diving is, his answers became a little cagey.¬† “We try to be careful, but it’s a fact that people get hurt Bus Diving.¬† It’s not without casualties,” he¬†said rather¬†elusively.

Chris August, on the other hand, became very animated when I asked him to describe this sporting phenomenon¬†known as Bus Diving.¬† “It’s a frightening thing,” said August.¬† “I can just be sittin’ on the bus, minding my own stuff, and Mike will walk by, say ‘Bus Dive’, and then fall over on top of me.¬† You don’t even want to go there,” adds August with a disarming smile.

“I can only imagine,” I replied, realizing after the fact that once again, MercyMe has elbowed its way into this story.

I would, without a doubt, be remiss if I didn’t mention that the BDW gang (in addition to their Bus Diving proclivities)¬†also have a penchant for taxidermied mascots.

(I would also be remiss if I didn’t say the tour’s manager, Brad, cannot be lumped into this overgeneralization.)

The band’s former mascot is¬†a bobcat named Cathy that Todd Agnew originally rescued from a middle school’s janitorial closet in South Carolina.¬† To make a long story short, Cathy was offered to me as a gift during my interview with Mike and the band on the 22nd.

Mike Weaver, Me, and, well, Cathy

(I’m thinking an exquisite yet freakish creature like Cathy truly deserves, at the very least, her own blog entry. ¬†For Pete’s sake, she has her own Twitter account!¬† ¬†How many taxidermied, traveling bobcats can there be?¬†¬†Also, I wouldn’t want her to get jealous or anything.¬† She has some seriously sharp-looking teeth and claws for a stuffed animal!)¬†

Cathy.  Rawr.

Cathy. Rawr.

While the leg of the Redeemed Tour with Chris August and Cathy¬†has ended since my interview with the band (August is currently out with Matt Maher and Bellarive¬†on the All The People tour), the fun and ministry of BDW’s¬†Redeemed Tour travels on with Mikeschair (love ’em!) and Citizen Way.

Yet, when all is said and done, Big Daddy Weave is more about striving to meet the challenge of living a life that is different from that of this world than tour bus antics.  What they are about is living a life that is fully yielded to the Lord.

“I’m not saying that we ever lived like we’re heathens,” said Weaver, “and I’m not saying that we are even at 100% yet.¬† But we’ve traded in our brokenness for His perfection, and because of that, we need to live differently.¬† We’re learning to live our lives yielding to the Lord on a daily basis, when no one is looking.¬†¬†¬†That’s the goal.”

Big Daddy Weave's current album, Love Come to Life

Because life’s not the kind of gift that you can hold
The only way you can keep it is to let it go

I wanna give my life away
Cause I know that’s what You want me to do
Wanna give myself to You
Gonna give my life away
I’ve been changed by the Truth
If I give myself away
I’ll find myself in You 

~Lyrics to the song Give My Life Away,

from Big Daddy Weave’s 2012 album, Love Come to Life, which is available wherever music is sold

For more information about Big Daddy Weave and the Redeemed Tour, visit www.BigDaddyWeave.com

A special thank you to Mike Weaver and Chris August for their time, and Ms. Montine Felso with Warner Music Group/Word Entertainment for her very gracious assistance arranging this interview

Congrats to K-Love NASCAR #98!

Yesterday (February 14th, 2013) was the Daytona 500, which is sort of like the Superbowl of NASCAR Racing.

Normally, this wouldn’t even register on my radar but I was interested in seeing how the #98 car driven by Michael McDowell would fair in the race, particularly because the car was sporting sponsorship logos of K-LOVE Radio and MIKESCHAIR (two of my favorites!)

Well, I’m happy to report that my watching the race and cheering on the #98 must not have done too much harm yesterday as the team posted a Top Ten finish in the race, zooming in right on the tails of Danica Patrick’s history making run at Daytona. (Normally, me cheering for anything sports related is the kiss of death and that’s no joke!)

In an interview with K-LOVE, McDowell said, “‚ÄúI know why I‚Äôm here. I know I‚Äôve been called to be in this sport, to help disciple the young guys coming up, and share my faith at our events…the racing is just the platform I have.‚ÄĚ He went on to say that “Racing with the K-LOVE logo is an answer to my prayers. The K-LOVE relationship coming together is something I have been praying for years,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúI prayed that God would partner me with people who were like minded.‚ÄĚ

Congratulation again to McDowell (and K-LOVE) on their winning collaboration on the track! If you would like to read more of McDowell’s interview with K-LOVE where he shares his testimony about he came to know the Lord after being raised in a non-Christian family, click here.

 

“What we allow affects our minds; the more we filter what comes in, the easier it is to live out in truth.”

~Michael McDowell

MIKESCHAIR Goes NASCAR

Yesterday on Twitter and Facebook, MIKESCHAIR posted the following riddle and picture on their social media feeds:

“What goes around and around and around all while sitting down?” ¬†

mike

Any guesses?

Well, later in the day the answer to the riddle was solved in the form of another picture.  Check this out:

mike 2

 

According to MIKESCHAIR lead singer Mike Grayson on his Twitter, “I grew up watching NASCAR every weekend with my Dad. ¬†I can’t believe the @MIKESCHAIR logo will be on @MC_Driver’s car during the Daytona 500.”

Now, just so you know, I’m not a NASCAR fan; however, everyone else I know and love is, including my Momma and my 6 year old. ¬†Several years ago I did read the Dale Earnhardt Jr book Driver #8 about his rookie season in NASCAR (I only read it because it was the only book I could find at my brother-in-laws house). ¬†From what I recall from reading that literary gem, the Daytona 500 is kind of the Superbowl of auto racing.

In other words, a big deal.

So, congrats to the guys in MIKESCHAIR on being a part of the Daytona 500!  I may have to tune in at 1 pm on Sunday to check out the #98 car in all its MIKESCHAIR glory.

(I wonder what they guys in MIKESCHAIR get if the car wins? ¬†Maybe they could take the car on tour? ¬†Hmmm…)

Into The Light Tour: Concert Review

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Alrighty, so on Friday night, November 9th, 2012 I headed out to Matthew West’s ‘Into The Light’ tour concert stop at IPFW’s¬†Auer Hall along with my trusty sidekick, Sarah.¬† In addition to headliner Matthew West, the tour featured performances by Mikeschair, Lindsay McCaul, and Everfound.¬† Since I’ve been getting some flack via my e-mail for not¬†posting nearly enough about music lately, I thought I would share some of my thoughts about the concert today. I do need to tell you this upfront, however:¬† if, after reading this, you are pumped up and ready to head out to the Into The Light tour, you should know that the tour actually ended yesterday.

Sorry for your luck!

In good news, though, if you are in Indiana you’ll have several opportunities to see Matthew West in the¬†coming few months.

In not so good news, Mikeschair, Lindsay McCaul and Everfound shows are looking rather elusive in our area in the near future.

First up, I’m going to talk a little about Matthew West’s portion of the concert.¬† This was not the first time I’ve seen Matthew West in concert; Sarah and I saw him back in February when he came to town with Casting Crowns and we really enjoyed his performance.¬† Come to think of it, Matthew West must like Fort Wayne a lot because he seems to come here on a somewhat regular basis.¬† Anyway, of all the times I’ve seen Matthew West in concert, I have to say this past weekend’s performance was theshow of shows.¬† Sarah and I laughed, we cried, danced, and we cheered in our trademark two-part harmony.¬† (Seriously, when we scream it sounds angelic.¬† Really, it does!)

While some people count sheep to help them fall asleep, on Friday night after the concert I actually started counting all the Christian music concerts/performances I’ve seen this past year.¬† I started to lose¬†track when I got into the 90’s range, but essentially I’ve seen a lot of shows this year already with another 15 more to go before 2013.¬† I’m not exaggerating in the least when I say Matthew West outdid all of them (and the bar was set pretty high coming in to Friday night).

Do you know what impressed me the most about Matthew West, though?¬† Right off the bat, as everyone was laughing and having a great time¬†while he ran around through the crowd talking and singing with the audience, he stopped the entire show, the music, the light show, everything, and said “Do you want to know where my joy comes?¬† Make no mistake about it, my joy comes from the Lord.”

That statement right there, in my opinion, set the tone for the rest of the evening.

So, for sure you need to go see Matthew West in concert whenever you get the chance! If you live in the East half of the United States, Matthew West will be a part of the Winter Jam Spectacular along with Mr. TobyMac, Red, Jamie Grace, Sidewalk Prophets, Newsong, Royal Tailor, Jason Castro, et.al visiting over 40 cities this winter/spring.¬† If you’re in Fort Wayne, he’ll be here on January 20th (so feel free to get behind me in line!)¬† Tickets are just $10, and since I have seen every single one of the aforementioned acts, I can say definitively that attending Winter Jam will be the best use of $10 ever!

One last thing, Sarah and I stood in line for a very long time to meet Matthew West and get his latest CD, ‘Into The Light’ autographed.¬† We were also able to get our pictures taken with him!¬† Sarah’s expression totally cracks me up in the picture, so of course I have to share it.

Matthew West, Sarah and of course, me!

Moving right along, the next act I want to write about is Mikeschair.¬† This is probably one of the groups I have most been looking forward to seeing in these last few months of the year.¬† (Mikeschair¬†is in good company.¬† The other acts I’m most looking forward to seeing in the next few weeks are TobyMac¬†and Mandisa!)¬† I really like their current CD, A Beautiful Life, and the song ‘Let the Waters Rise’ and ‘Can’t Take Away’ from their debut self-titled album.¬† I thought they put on a great show on Friday night, and I have to say I was more than a little disappointed their show was over as quickly as it was.¬† I’m not sure I’ve ever honestly wished an opening act could do an encore before, but if Mikeschair had done an encore on Friday night I would have been totally fine with it.¬† Totally.

In addition to being amazingly gifted songwriters and musicians, the guys from Mikeschair¬†are also exceedingly friendly and humble.¬† After the show, Sarah and I met them and were able to talk with them for a while¬†and we were both really impressed by how down to earth and fun they were.¬† Mikeschair ranks very high on my list of the nicest bands you’ll ever care to meet, which includes (in no particular order) the Sidewalk Prophets, City Harmonic, For King & Country, and Royal Tailor.¬† Once again, they are in very good company!

Next up for Mikeschair is the ‘Christ is Come’ Christmas tour with Big Daddy Weave.¬† Unfortunately, they won’t be anywhere even remotely close to Northern Indiana, but if you are lucky enough to live near Columbus, Ohio or further south in the United States you might be able to go check them out.¬† (Side note:¬† I think Big Daddy Weave must have an aversion to Northern Indiana because it has been forever since they have been here!¬† Maybe we should ask Matthew West to put in a good word for us since he seems to like Fort Wayne?)

Here’s a picture of me with the guys from Mikeschair¬†that Sarah took on Friday.¬† Don’t I totally look like I belong?¬† For sure they wouldn’t want me to sing back up or anything, but if Mikeschair is ever in need of someone to play the egg shakers or some other instrument that would be hard mess up, I’d be happy to help out!

Mikeschair (and me!)

Lindsay McCaul¬†was one of the other opening acts of the night on Friday.¬† I’ve seen Lindsay McCaul in concert before (she was also on tour with Casting Crowns last spring), and she is just a lovely, lovely young woman.¬† She’s a very gifted singer/songwriter, and I really enjoy listening to her CD, ‘If It Leads Me Back’.¬† I especially like the song ‘Say My Name’!

Lindsay McCaul

Last but not least, I’ve got to say a few words about the opening opening¬†act of the night, Everfound.¬† Prior to the concert, I had never heard of Everfound.¬† I’m guessing you may not have heard of Everfound either, but I’m also going to bet that this is about to change in a big way in the very near future.

Everfound pretty much has all of the elements necessary to be a huge success in any genre of music:¬† great music, a young, ultra-hip look, and a very interesting back story.¬† Did I mention that they are also freakishly awesome performers, too?¬† We’re talking bigger than big energy¬†that proved somewhat difficult to photograph.¬† I was quite wowed by the pouring water on¬†a drum and playing it thing they did.¬† (Okay, so I’m easily impressed, but in my defense, it was pretty cool!) I’m predicting big things for these guys in the future!

Everfound

I’m posting some of the pics that I took on Friday night for your enjoyment!¬† I had fun playing with my new camera and taking some shots in black and white and other non-traditional color schemes.¬† My “official” critic review will be up¬†sometime later this week on Bryan’s site, and I’ll be sure to post a link when it goes up.¬† As far as being a critical review, you can probably guess it won’t be very critical! ¬†¬†I loved it, and if you get the chance to go see Matthew West, Mikeschair, Lindsay McCaul¬†or Everfound, don’t miss it!