Fans of the NewSong’s Winter Jam might be interested in the Rock and Worship Roadshow coming to the Ford Center at 7 p.m. Thursday. The show will be in Tulsa on Saturday at the BOK Center.
Like Winter Jam, the roadshow features a lengthy diverse lineup and a low ticket price.
The Rock and Worship Roadshow ‘s 25-city tour kicked off March 18 and includes MercyMe, the David Crowder Band, Family Force 5, Francesca Battistelli, Fee, Remedy Drive and Sidewalk Prophets. Cost is $10 at the door.
I recently talked to David Crowder of the David Crowder Band about the upcoming mega-concert and here is what he had to say:
Q: What lead you to get involved with the Rock and Worship Roadshow?
A: Most of it has to do with the friendship aspect of it. MercyMe is the host band, the folks that put this tour together. We’ve been on a tour with them a number of years ago. We did a summer tour with them and Michael W. Smith and had the greatest time with them on the road. A lot of it has to do with the people. We’re looking forward to getting to hang out with those guys again. The Family Force 5 guys are good buddies with us and we kind of trade musical ideas back and forth. It’s always a creative encounter whenever we’re around them. And then Steve Fee is a good buddy from Atlanta, Ga. that we’ve known forever, it seems like, since we first started doing this. It’s going to be a good time.
Q: Can you talk about your album “Church Music.”
A: We released it in September (2009) and we did a tour supporting it and had just a great time. What we do is we write music for congregational singing so by calling it church music, we were actually being incredibly literal. What we’re writing to do is to try to use music to articulate faith and respond to God through. That all comes out of our experience with our church (University Baptist) in Waco, Texas. We’re the band that helps facilitate the singing on most of our Sunday mornings. We travel quite a bit but we make it back for most of our services. We maybe miss 15 of our services a year is all. But we’re just a band thats at the church.
Q: Why did you decide to name the album “Church Music”?
A: We thought it would be fun to call it what it is — that we could fall under such a name as that, that the music of the church could be so diverse and broad. That the Crowder band could fall under that just makes me grin from ear to ear. When you think of the church in a global sense, all of the different cultures that music is coming out of and that people are using music to respond to God to and through, it’s amazing. The diversity is a lot greater than we typically imagine. We usually think of church being similar to the people that we live life with and that’s definitely not the case when you think of it in a global sense. So what we want to do is help bring that awareness to people through a couple of words placed on a record that’s pretty electronic and pretty aggressive. That it could actually be considered church music and congregational singing is pretty awesome, I think.
Q: Your band is pretty popular not just among Christians, but in secular circles as well? Why do you think that is?
A: I have no idea really. (laughing) My best guess is that there is an authenticity to what we’re doing. We’re calling it what it is, for one. We’re not trying to be subtle at all. I think there’s a greater degree of acceptance of things coming from a different world view than your own just because there’s more exposure due to the Internet. When you put that with music that I feel like is pretty current and at least in conversation with what’s going on currently on the sound landscape of things, I think it makes for an interesting and thought-provoking listen, in my perspective.
Q: What can fans expect from you during the Roadshow? Will you perform a mix of older and newer songs?
A: Yes, for sure. Especially in a setting like this when you’ve got a whole lot of bands, we’ve probably got about 40 minutes that we’ll be doing. We’ll probably try to hit all of it. We try to grab from each album, it seems like. We’ll have a mix of old and new. The main thing we’re trying to do is be that moment in the night that we allow people to use music and sing and respond to God as a collective. That’s sort of our role in the concert and we’re embracing it. That’s what we do on a daily basis anyway so it’s going to be a good time.
Q: Any future projects coming down the pike that you want to talk about?
A: We’ve got summer festivals. We’re not going to be in the studio to record for a good bit of time. For the most part, we’re going to be enjoying this tour and then there’s summer.
Come back tomorrow for more information about the Rock and Worship Roadshow. Tickets will be sold at the door, but if you want to know more, call 602-8700 or go online to www.therockandworshiproadshow.com.