Normally, I write about music. This article, however, will be on a concert. I try to attend the annual CurrentFest held in Clinton, Missouri in June. Since the last CurrentFest, there’d been some personnel problems with the anchor bands, and another ministry who usually supported them went a different direction this year. I hadn’t heard anything about it, and since it’s been held the same weekend as Spirit FM’s Crossover Music Festival in Camdenton, I figured I’d better see what’s going on. Crossover weekend had come and gone. I sent out an e-mail inquiry and got the answer that I was just in time. The concert would be held on the up-coming Saturday. Four bands were scheduled to play, one of which I’d heard before at the last CurrentFest. I knew they were good!
I told a fair amount of folks about the concert. I used face-to-face communication, as well as bulletins at both MySpace.com and Xianz.com. It wasn’t until the day of the concert I thought of giving our own student ministry a special invitation. It’s probably good nobody responded, but they still would have had fun, had they come. It was the first no-music concert I’d been to.
It rained, and it rained, then it rained some more. The clouds took a breath, and rained on. All four bands that were going to perform showed up and took cover under the shade pavilions. It turns out I’d heard one band, Edified, and heard an earlier version of another band, Recycled (formerly known as Empty Tomb –whose shirt I wore to the concert). I didn’t get to hear Band X (for lack of an “official” name), nor Statement, though judging by appearance, I’d have liked both. It was decided that the rain would continue, after folks got a weather.com report by telephone. Rain all the way back into Kansas, with more systems popping up.
The rain slowed a bit and the bands decided to pack it up. As I’ve said before, if you get a chance to help out, do it! This was one of the most fun concerts I’d been to in a while. Sure, I got soaked, but the fellowship was great. I didn’t hear any complaining about the rain –only jokes, and clean, happy ones at that. There were around 20 of us there. I think I was the only one not in a band or family of a band. OK, Chuck, from Recycled, is sort of a second or third cousin-in-law, or something like that. That’s another story how I stumbled across his ministry.
Well, without music, there’s not a whole lot to write about this year’s CurrentFest. There were certainly two or three gathered together in Jesus’ name that day, and He was there with us. I hope He was pleased with the attitudes shown toward the rain-out. I know I still enjoyed it. Shoot me an e-mail if you’d like to be kept updated on CurrentFest, ’07 –at least as much info as I hear.