On Friday (the 28th) my sister drove up from Springfield so that me, her, Anna, and Jacob could go to the Casting Crowns concert in St Charles. Because I am a supporter of JoyFm, I was able to buy our tickets before they went on sale to the public. We were 7th row center, on the floor. It was really cool to be so close to actually see what the artists looked like. Being so close you didn't just hear the music, you FELT the music.
A new artist, Josh Bates opened the show. He was really good. He sang to an acoustic guitar. I think Anna asked 3 times if I had his CD or if we could buy it.
Next was Building 429. Man did they ROCK! I think they blew the roof off of the joint. They are still pretty new, I can't wait to hear more of what they have.
Then the main event, Casting Crowns. They are so awesome and their music is so right one the money. I was suprised to see that when they came out they looked like just everyday guys, not the polished up people with wild hairdoos and strange outfits you would think from a group that is so hot and big right now in the CCM circles. The thing that really struck me is that they weren't there so much about performing the songs but rather sharing the message. Mark, the lead singer and writer of most of the songs shared the story behind every song. The songs are all written and based on real things that they expirience in their lives and in their churches. I loved that every song they did had the words projected on a large screen, it really reinforced the message that they were sharing. Everyone in the whole place sang along to every song. Oh, and let me tell you, the music ROCKED.
The concert also had a guest speaker, Tony Nolan. He gave an awesome message. They also gave a message about World Vision which is an agency that works to care for the children of the world, especially those in underprivilaged countries. I felt led to agree to sponsor a child. Before I could mention it to Anna or Jacob they both asked to "adopt" a child. At the intermission they went to the booth and picked a photo and bio. They chose an 8 year old boy named Julius who is from Uganda. They are both really looking forward to writing letters to him.
The whole evening was great and very moving. Such and incredible time.