Two up-and-coming Christian rock bands will perform at Summit Evangelical Free Church in Alta Thursday, April 6 at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend and tickets will be $7 at the door. The concert is sponsored by the Apex (senior high) and Epic (junior high) student ministries of Summit Church. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The Christian pop rock band The Swift headlines the event. Based in Nashville, this positively rollicking piano-bass-guitar-drums group hails from North Carolina. They've been described as the critically-acclaimed pop/rock foursome that brought the words "original" and "piano-driven" back to Christian music.
Britt Edwards, the piano-playing lead vocalist explains, "Today's songs are based so much on sounds and studio tricks but we focus more on the melodies and good, solid riffs. And that's a lot of what Keith Green did. Plus, there's not a whole lot of piano rock out these days, so there really aren't a whole lot of groups you can compare us to."
In addition to unmistakable influence by Keith Green, music from The Swift will appeal to those who appreciate Mark Schultz, Gavin DeGraw, Ben Folds Five. Maroon 5, Joe Jackson and Billy Joel.
Their carefree style ranges from lighthearted to serious, energetic to emotional and includes heavy-handed chords, ragtime, ballads, hymns and more. Their album titles include "Today," "The Swift," "Strange," and "Puddleglum" - with a new CD due out next fall. The CD "Today" is infectiously profound, passion-driven, a sonic kick-in-the-pants that you'll remember long after the CD stops spinning.
The Swift understands their mission as well as their music. "We're supposed to fulfill the Great Commission," says Edwards. So their concerts share the Gospel and allow them to interact with their audience as their aim to be salt and light in the world.
The Broken will open the concert with their Christian punk, rock, screamo sound. Formed by rural Storm Lake native Barry Engelmann, this Ames-based group started by making hard-edged worship music for their church. Fueled by musical passion and fan support, they recorded their first EP last year.
Since that time the group has undergone a dramatic metamorphosis, says Engelmann, by acknowledging its true musical sound and changing to a four-member band. Known for their hard-hitting music and craziness on stage, this group will get the audience pumped.
Summit Evangelical Free Church is located at 1000 South Main St., Alta. For more information, call the church at 200-2200.