The Art of Celebration tour makes a stop in the Tri-Cities on Oct. 19 featuring a troupe of musicians from Northern Ireland.
Rend Collective, which touts itself as a Christian experimental folk/rock worship band, performs a concert at 7 p.m. at Calvary Chapel Tri-Cities church, 10661 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick.
Also performing on the tour will be Urban Rescue and Moriah Peters.
Rend Collective includes Gareth Gilkeson, Chris Llewellyn, Ali Gilkeson, Patrick Thompson and Steve Mitchell.
Their songs are as eclectic as their stage presence is infectious. They write tunes that reflect the joyful noise of their faith as they sing about life’s struggles and joys, as well as their love of God and sense of community.
They have toured with noted Christian recording stars Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman and Tenth Avenue North.
Band members also confess they are not always what they seem.
“We are not actually an idie/folk band, despite all the beards, bow ties and banjos,” Gareth Gilkeson said in a news release to the Herald. “We are a celebration band. It’s just a coincidence that folk music and celebration make a great pairing.”
Llewellyn said they use “an arsenal of weird, wonderful, whimsical music toys that we’re still not too old to love.”
Add to that some Irish folk instruments and good old-fashioned rock ’n’ roll guitars.
“We would far rather be defined by joy, fun, freedom and laughter than by genre title or pop-culture label,” Gilkeson said.
Peters is a California girl who takes a bold stand with her music as she cranks out pop songs that challenge listeners to live as Christians.
Urban Rescue is a band from Los Angeles made up of Jordan Frye, Justin Wright, Brandon Zedaker and Nolan Sisk.
Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 at the door. VIP tickets cost $30 and include meeting the band. Tickets are available at www.calvary-tricities.org or by calling 509-736-2086.