Saturday, July 24, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
It's Summer, and in the music world that means it's Festival Season. This is the time when your concert dollar gets the most bang for the buck. Usually you shell out around $100 for a full pass and in return you get the opportunity to see 50-100+ bands of a fairly wide selection of styles. Sure, not all of these are headline quality, but usually about 20 of them could fit that title. If you only counted those bands into the cost of the pass, that's still only $5 a concert, and where are you going to get that these days. Plus it's summer, you may be in the mountains, and it is the great outdoors. A lot camp for the week, though some, like me, try to get a hotel nearby. That may up the cost, but it's worth it.
With that in mind hear is a small sampling of some upcoming festivals.
- Jubilee Fest (July 29-August 1, Houston, DE) This is a first year fest trying to be the Christian Woodstock. Some Good bands, like August Burns Red, Sanctus Real and Trinitee 5:7, but not many, only 35 total. Check it Out if you're the adventurous type, as a first year festival may have a few glitches A Day Pass is $40/The Event is $90, no Charge for Kids under 10 and Cash Only at the gate.
- Creation Northwest (July 21-24, Enumclaw, WA) An offshoot of Creation Festival in Virginia (over for this year), this festival is in its 13th Year. Big Names Come Here like Skillet, TobyMac, David Crowder Band, and Thousand Foot Krutch. Pricing Comes in many tiers but an event pass starts at $115 and a Day Pass is $48. Free only for kids under 6.
- Soulfest (August 4-7, Gunstock Mountain, Gilford, NH) Also in its 13th Year, it continues to grow each year and may be the largest in the Northeast by now, though still lagging in reputation to Kingdom Bound. Superchick, Jars of Clay, Kutless, and Hawk Nelson are among the bands playing this year. $119 for an event pass, Day Passes from $25
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Born Again, the Latest release by The Newsboys, is notice that they have no intention of passing away any time soon. It is a 12 song transformation.
- Born Again
- One Shot
- Way Beyond Myself
- When The Boys Light Up
- Build Us Back
- Running to You
- On Your Knees
- Mighty to Save
- Jesus Freak
The album closes with two cover songs. A rock version of Hillsong's Mighty to Save is sure to get your blood pumping and (don't tell me you're surprised), a new version of Jesus Freak, with KJ-52 stepping into the Toby Mac role. I think it holds up well to the original. In the final rating, I give Born Again 4.5 Emeralds (Out of a possible 5)
CCM is short for Christian Contemporary Music, an all encompassing label that usually includes the Pop, Rock, Alternative, Hip-Hop, Ska, Big Band/Swing, and Country Genres. It does not refer to Southern Gospel or Modern Worship in most cases, nor does it usually include Urban or Regular Gospel and R&B. The Night Beat Blog will review most of the accepted list, Country excepted (sorry, I can't stand it.) You can also be assured that no Southern Gospel will pass by this reviewer, for the same reason.
In addition to accepted CCM, I will also attempt to give a fair amount of coverage to the Christian Music Fringe, usually consisting of Hard Music (Red, Demon Hunter); Metalcore (My Children My Bride), Industrial (Skillet), Techno/Electronica (Joy Electric, And then there were None) and others. Urban Gospel and R&B may also be reviewed.
Due to the reviewers personal taste, I may, if the occasion arises, dip into Crossover material that is spiritual in nature but is no longer universally recognized as Christian Music, examples of which are U2, Creed, Evanescence, and more recently Jennifer Knapp. I will deal with these in a later post.