Three Christian rock bands with the Small Town America Tour – along with one regional band – will perform Saturday at Great Bend’s First Assembly of God Church, 601 Patton Road.
Two of the bands – Seventh Day Slumber and Manic Drive – are signed to major Christian rock recording labels. They’ll be the headliners for what’s billed as a night of rock, worship, hope and redemption. Seventh Day Slumber lead singer Joseph Rojas will also be the speaker.
The opening act Saturday will be Consumed by Fire from Oklahoma. Also performing as part of the tour is Submission Red.
Seating starts at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. show, and it will be on a first-come, first-served basis, said Erin Powers at the church.
ChildFund International is the driving force behind the Small Town America Tour. “This is the first time our church has hosted a concert from this concert series before,” Powers said. “But, this is the third year for the Small Town America Tour. It’s a tour designed for small towns that runs from September through Thanksgiving.”
ChildFund, formerly Christian Children’s Fund (CCF), is an international child sponsorship group based in Richmond, Va. It provides assistance to deprived, excluded and vulnerable children in 31 developing countries, as well as in the United States. “ChildFund provides services to children, mostly funded by individual contributors in the form of monthly child sponsorships,” Powers said. “In addition, ChildFund says it receives grants and donations that support vocational training, literacy training, food distribution, educational programs, early childhood development, health and immunization programs, nutritional programs, water and sanitation development, and emergency relief in both man-made and natural disasters.
“During the concert, there will be a presentation for ChildFund and the opportunity to sponsor a child in need,” Powers said.
Seventh Day Slumber from Dallas, Texas, formed in 1996. They are best known for their songs “Oceans from the Rain” and “Caroline.” Manic Drive is a Canadian Christian rock band formed in 2004 by brothers Michael A. Cavallo and Shawn Cavallo in Toronto.
Submission Red from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., says its name means to submit to the red letters in the Bible.
Consumed by Fire from Oklahoma launched its own 68 day fall tour on Sept. 18 in Halstead.