Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Hey well looky there I'm blogging again.  I have had the honor of being involved with bringing concerts to the old FFC for the past 2 plus years, even more if you count bringing Apologetix in a few years back.  I've become the point man,lead person, liasion, whatever you want to say for FFC and our promoter Jason Rockhill of Rockhill Productions.  It all started with a phone call while I was at the radio station one Saturday, Jason called asking if I could promote a show of his on the air which I did and then we became friends on myspace, who all still has a myspace?  Anyway a few conversations happened then he asked if I'd be interested in hosting a show at Farmland and I jumped on it.  Checked with the proper people and we were good to go. 

Our first show was on June 24, 2010 with a band from Pennsylvania called The Letter Black.  They are on the Tooth and Nail label which if you know christian rock music you know that they are the leaders in that industry.  Had about 150 people at the show which we held in the gym and it was an awesome experience.  The band was rockin' the crowd was into it and the bug had bit me.  A few months later Jason came to me with the idea of bring Decyfer Down in but this time having the show in the sanctuary.  We got that going and had a show in the gym a month or two before the show to help raise a little money for that show with some local bands which indcluded a band from New Castle which I'll post a blog entirely to them later, called Protest For Pluto.  That show was fun as well.

On Sunday October 10, 2010 we had our first big show in the sanctuary with Decyfer Down, Protest For Pluto, From Ashes and Creating Constellations.  Had over 300 kids at that one and it was a huge sucess.  With each show we did we learned more and more like during TLB show we learned that we needed to sell drinks as people were leaving to go to the VP to get a soda.  The DD show we learned that moving all the chairs in the sanctuary was a pain to put them all back.  Just little things like that.  2010 ended with a band called Philmont playing the gym. 

2011 came and more shows with national acts Sent By Ravens, Write This Down and Icon For Hire headling a show in April which was a good one.  Later in the year July to be exact we got to bring in one of my favorite bands Disciple in.  This would be the first of three shows so far for them at FFC.  We had a few smaller shows in the gym in 2011.  2012 hit and we had the biggest show so far in early April with Fireflight coming in.  Had around 400 people for that one and it was a blast.  We also had Write This Down in again as well as Disciple and Ashes Remain.  Ashes only had about 40 people at it but man what a show.  Amazing musicians and incredible men of God. We ended 2012 with the first ever Farmland Fest headlined by The Wedding and Children 18:3 and 8 of the best bands from Indiana.  Doing these shows I have been able to meet alot of great people in the bands both well known and not well known.  We have seen Ashes 4 times now and each time since the show at FFC Josh the singer remembers us and we have a good conversation.

During the 2nd Write This Down show got to meet another great band from Indiana called Silver From The Flames which again I'll do a post on them later as well.  We are gearing up for a first at FFC when we, with the help of Rockhill Productions bring in both Disciple and Fireflight together on Feb. 5th and I can't wait.  Big thanks to Jason for inclulding us in on this ministry and to the church for allowing us to have these shows and to everyone who has ever helped out in any way.