Casting Crowns took their “Thrive Tour” through Kettering, Oh. with a stop at the Fraze Pavilion on Friday, July 18th. Although rain dampened the evening fans started lining up for their seats hours before the show was set to start.
I know we normally stick strictly to country music here on CMTT but with so many lines being lifted through genre crossing these days I felt it was my duty to share with you the amazingness of Casting Crowns.
The band has been making Christian music together for 10 years. The group originally came together at a Daytona Beach, Fla., church where lead singer, Mark Hall, was a youth pastor. The group later moved to Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church in the Atlanta suburb of McDonough, Ga., and the band grew. Since being discovered through recordings they made to share in church the award winning music stars, Mark and the members of Casting Crowns have worked to maintain their ministry at Eagle’s Landing. Mark is the Student Pastor at the church and the band arranges tours so they will be at church on Sundays.
One of the things that first drew me to country music was it’s realness. Real people writing real music about life and performing it live. This is exactly what Casting Crowns music is. It’s real, it’s glorifying and it raises it’s hands to our creator.
Friday’s show was certainly a wet one. The rain started hours before the show started and didn’t stop, but it didn’t keep the fans away. Thousands showed up for the outside concert in their ponchos and rain coats and you just knew from the energy in the air it was going to be an incredible show.
for King and Country, the Dove Awards 2013 New Artist of the Year, opened the night with a 25 minute set that didn’t disappoint. My 7 and 8 year old sat straight up in their seats when they heard the beating of the drums start. The Australian rockers brought high-energy, hard-driving rhythms and even strapped on their drums and joined the crowd in the rain! They were jumping off the stage, singing at the end of rows and running through the venue all while playing and not missing a beat in the pouring down rain. Keep an eye out for their sophomore album Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong out everywhere September 16.
Casting Crowns took the stage after a very quick set change and welcomed the wet crowd with a set list that included their greatest hits as well as brand new music from their Thrive album. My favorite of the evening was the ever appropriate “Praise You in This Storm.” The band also shared several acoustic versions of their songs that were real crowd pleasers.
There are very few concerts that you can take your children to and see fans of literally all ages come together and relate to the music and melodies. The atmosphere of the show was uplifting, energetic and most of all fun! With screens on the stage that had the lyrics to each of the songs it allowed everyone to sing along and really connect with every song that was performed.
If country music is your thing….and I think it is since you are reading Country Music Tattle Tale….then I urge you to branch out just a little bit and check out Casting Crowns. There is a fiddle player….and these days not even all of our main stream country music has one of those! I promise there is a lot of country in this Christian band.
You can find out more about Casting Crowns online at: https://www.castingcrowns.com or follow them on Twitter @castingcrowns.
for King & Country is online at: www.forkingandcountry.com/ and on Twitter @4kingandcountry