The misty air and the lights glowing through the thick fog made for the perfect bookend to the evening. See, working to put together an online magazine like Beyond the Contrast might seem to be a walk in the park where other people just randomly run up to you and shower you with encouragement, requests to help out, and money so you can keep things running; that’s not the case. It’s a lot of work, and when the excitement from a fun beginning wears off, it’s still a lot of work. And then nights like this one come along…You get to reconnect with friends that have moved, express yourself creatively, promote an up and coming group of Apostolic artists, attend a concert, and have a blast all in the same night!
David Kennedy & His Urshan Friends
The evening was kicked off by some incredible talent from Urshan College. David Kennedy and His Urshan Friends (pretty sure that band name was made up on the spot), started off the evening with some very well done worship songs and hilarious monologues and self-deprecation. It was obvious that David was completely comfortable, and the gang that he had playing and singing with him sounded incredible. Great song choices, tight music and vocal harmonies made for the perfect beginning to the evening.
After a quick break to swap out instruments, one of my new favorite Apostolic artists absolutely KILLED it with a couple songs. Her first choice was a moving rendition of “Wasteland” by Needtobreathe. Her second song, an original entitled “Wither”, was incredible. Groovy, fun, moving, just…just…awesome. (Think Brandi Carlile or Company of Thieves…) She’s definitely on my, “People I have to go listen to again” list and she should be on yours too!
Chasing the Light
The evening was finished off with an energetic, exciting performance by the headliner, Chasing the Light. They leapt from atop the kick drum, stood atop speakers, dropkicked a tambourine into the kick drum, banged tribal beats on various drums scattered about the stage, played an inaugural bass solo while overcoming a guitar based technical difficulty, and played drums with water on them. Their sound pulls from a variety of styles and has a lot of fun elements that help keep things interesting. Dynamics, the push and pull in the volume and intensity of the sound, were used well. Cuts, pushes, and surprise pauses in the flow of the music kept things fun and interesting. From ballads to driving rock, Chasing the Light pulled off every sound and had an absolute blast in the process. Live bands are fun, obviously, but there is something about a band that plays and has fun together while they are playing. That one, often overlooked, component is what separates a well-played show from a show that is fun and a pleasure to watch.
Definitely check out Chasing the Light online and on social media to see when they are going to be in your neighborhood. Get out and support Apostolic artists! Share their music, share their social media, and spread the word!
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Also, keep an eye out for our interview with Chasing the Light! Coming soon!
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