There are some exciting events coming to the KC area, and here’s your chance to get in on the action!
For a full list of concerts visit our Calendar Events Guide
Unspoken at WordÂ of Life in St. Joseph
Unspoken and JJ Weeks band will be coming through St. Joseph, Mo. on their Start A Fire Tour, Saturday, April 18, at Word of Life Church. The Word of Life Youth Worship Band will also be performing as the opening act. Presented by Compassion International and Outreach Productions, LLC, a portion of the proceeds will go to the Cold Weather Shelter for homeless men in St. Joe. This will be a great opportunity to worship, enjoy a great show and contribute to a worthy cause. For more information, please visit www.unspokenmusic.com.
Farm Hands May 8
Also coming, May 8, the Farm Hands Bluegrass Quartet will be presenting a night of ministry in music and community outreach at DeSoto United Methodist Church, with artists Larry Inman and Danney Williams opening. Led by multi-award winning and Grand Ol’ Opry veteran musicians (including GRAMMY nominations, and 2014 Album of the Year) Tim Graves, Daryl Mosley, Keith Tew and Bennie Boling, this will be a night any country and Gospel fan won’t want to miss. You can check out their music at farmhandsquartet.com! For more information and tickets, please visit www.DeSotoUMC.org.
Grandeur Band Is a Local Gem
If you didn’t already know, the KC area abounds with quality music and talented artists. In this column alone, we’ve had an opportunity to review and interview great local folks who produce inspiring work, from traditional Gospel to rock, country to folk music.
Continuing this tradition, contemporary Christian rock band Grandeur has been producing and performing for the last few years, and are in the process of releasing their sophomore album. Based out of Blue Springs (lead singer Chad Toney resides in Liberty), the quartet released their debut in 2013, and have since been performing throughout the Missouri-Kansas area. They’ve even had a chance to perform with heavy-hitters (and heavy metal) Project 86.
With a unique fusion of 70s-era hard rock and modern worship and alternative leanings, Grandeur’s first release was a collection of edgy calls to serve God and folk-infused worship.
Lyrically, the band pulls from the Word, while also allowing their personal struggles and histories influence the past behind their work. Metro Voice has been invited to look behind the album covers and stage performances to see the men that make up Grandeur.
The 70s sound comparisons aren’t accidental, either. Of the four members, only their drummer is under the age of 30, and the other guys have had their hands in the music industry for quite a few years. Bass player Robbie Cairnes has performed with the likes of Tina Turner and has a history playing with the guys from Kansas “back when they were really popular.”
Metro Voice had a chance to visit with the band as they prepare to record their second release. Next month, we’ll introduce the men behind the ministry and the music that inspires them. Hopefully, by the time you read this, they will be back on the road performing and promoting their newest release.
For more information, check them outÂ on Facebook at: Grandeur Band.
Big Daddy Weave May 17
Big Daddy Weave will be in Kansas City on their Beautiful Offerings Tour, Sunday May 17.
With special guests Jason Gray, Citizen Way and Lauren Daigle, this will be a night of celebration and worship. Metro Voice recently got the opportunity to talk with Big Daddy’s Mike Weaver, about the tour, about worship, and the friends they get to tour with.
“This tour has been awesome; I’m a big fan of all of them,” Weaver said of the bands’ tour-mates. Through the struggles of the tour, they all developed a strong friendship and admiration for each other’s work.
“[Jason Gray’s] songs are amazing and real,” he said, pointing out Gray struggles with verbal communication, but when he connects with the listeners at his performances, it is a powerful experience. “When he finished telling his story that first night, I was fighting back tears, y’know?”
He is equally enamored with the guys from Citizen Way.
“This is the second time they are on tour with us. Great music, by some great guys. We’ve had a lot of fun with them.”
“She is incredible, a world-class voice and a world-class person,” speaking of Lauren Daigle, mentioning the moment they met her she was “instantly our little sister.”
When asked about the tour and the meaning behind it, Weaver got personal.
“I’ve really struggled with the issue of self-worthâ€¦ never felt like I was good enough. A few years ago, Jesus really confronted me about that. We are created for Him and we can bless His heart by praising him.”
“This is a really cool opportunity for all of us to worship God together. You’ll hear some radio favorites then join us during the second half of the evening as we all worship together, as beautiful offerings. After the performance, we get to spend some time praying for, and over, people.”
This performance will also be a fundraiser for a local KC family hoping to bring their son home, from China. If you’ve read much from me, you know how important adoption is to me (domestic and international).
This would be an incredible chance to hear some great music, collectively worship our Lord and raise money for a family desperate to bring their son home!
For more information, please visit Facebook and or click here:Â “A Mama and Baba for JiaJia.”