Christian music show to feature more bands


STANDISH — The second Unified in Christ concert Aug. 26 at the Divine Shepherd Christian Community will see more bands take the stage than at last year’s inaugural event, and organizers believe attendance will increase as well.

Pastor John Tousciuk said seven bands will play this year, performing from 1-10 p.m. The headlining act, Consumed by Fire, is scheduled to start playing at 8 p.m. Tousciuk said Randy and Sue Leiter will be the first act to play, followed by West of Jordan, Dave Mead, Stephen and Marie Forester, Blake Reynolds, Justin Tesenier and then Consumed by Fire.

“The way it’s set up, the bands that are going to start at 1 p.m. are more of your worship, gospel-type music,” he said. “And there’s going to be a transition throughout the day, like Consumed by Fire is more of a contemporary Christian group. There’s something to appeal to everybody.”

Tousciuk said featuring last year’s headlining act, Alive City, which hailed from Detroit, helped spread the word about the event, and this year organizers attempted to see if they could bring in more outside acts.

“We wanted to see if we could bring some bigger names in, and that’s how we got connected with the group Consumed by Fire,” he said. “They’re from Oklahoma. Another gentleman, Justin (Tesenier), he’s from North Carolina.”

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket, sunscreen and possibly bug spray, Tousciuk said. As music is played throughout the day, there will also be several other activities, he said.

“There’s going to be some bounce houses and inflatable slides for the kids,” he said. “They’ll have face-painting and a balloon artist. There will be food and concessions available. There is no parking fee and no admission fee. We are just asking for a love offering.”

Tousciuk hopes to see a dramatic increase in attendance this year.

“Last year was our first year and we had about 200 people attend, so this year we’re trying to find a way to see if we could get 1,000 people here, which would be lovely,” he said.

The inaugural concert was a success, Tousciuk said.

“As far as right here in Arenac County, this is kind of a unique thing,” he said. “We’ve had people ever since last year’s concert coming in asking when it’s going to be this year. That’s what really kind of spurred us on.”

More sponsorships from local businesses and individuals as well as budgeting for the event this year helped attract more bands and allow more activities to be offered, Tousciuk said.

Divine Shepherd Christian Community is located at 4335 M-61 in Standish.


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