A Word from Cheryl:

Thank you for visiting my Concert Review Blog. I have enjoyed attending, photographing and writing about a variety of concerts over the past several years. I hope that my reviews and photos have made you feel like you were right there with me.

At this time in my life I've taken a step back, looked at what’s truly important and have begun to prioritize my time, energy and resources.

I retired from nursing in 2012 and was then able to be with my aging father, who later passed away in June, 2013.

My family is growing dramatically! We now have eight grandchildren and I take every opportunity to be available to help when needed. I also make sure I carve out plenty of time for my husband so that he knows how important he is to me.

Because of this I don't attend many concerts anymore. I try to be selective in choosing a show and do my best to relax and enjoy the experience. I no longer stress about getting the perfect photo or remembering some occurrence so I can write about it.

If you want to view a collection of some of my favorite photos from the past several years you may find them here:
Cheryl's Pearls Photos - Concerts

Thanks again for visiting my site.

May God Bless,

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

DC Fest in Fairfax, VA August 18, 2012

  DC FEST 2012

On Saturday, August 18, some friends and I traveled to the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA for DC Fest where seven Christian artists and groups performed.  It was an amazing concert full of fun, laughter, praise and worship.
Jason Roy with Building 426

Starting the show was Lindsay McCaul followed by Kerrie Roberts.  These girls had their work cut out for them as they sang without benefit of a backup band while people filed in, talking and laughing throughout the venue.  Neither one had a deep repertoire of hit songs but their voices were beautiful and deserved more attention than they received.

Building 429 was next.  The band’s name is based on Ephesians 4:29 which focuses on words that encourage and build up others.  They certainly got a lot of crowd participation, especially with their world-wide hit “Where I Belong.”  Lead singer, Jason Roy, admitted they were truly humbled and grateful for their current success.

Brandon Heath
Brandon Heath continued the sing-along with his numerous hits – most notable among them was the song that got him noticed on Christian Radio, “Give Me Your Eyes.”  This hit was followed by several more including “Your Love,” and “I’m Not Who I Was.”  He mentioned working on a new CD titled “Blue Mountain” to be released October 9, 2012.  The song “Jesus In Disguise” is from this album and can be heard on the airwaves now.

Matt Hammitt with Sanctus Real
Sanctus Real kept the fun going during their set.  When asked how they got their name they replied "Sanctus" means "Holy" and we really want to hold to that standard, and "Real" means just trying to be real. We are not stars. We don't have an ego, we are not into image, we are just who we are.” And what an enjoyable group they are!  I particularly enjoyed watching guitarist Chris Rohman as he enthusiastically attacked his guitar for several numbers.  They closed their set with “Lead Me” - one of my favorites.
Mac Powell with Third Day
We thought we’d been entertained up to this point but once Third Day took the stage it was apparent the show had just been kicked up a notch.  Their seasoned performance and ability to engage the crowd was delightful.  Lead singer, Mac Powell, took great pleasure in pointing to individuals encouraging them to stand, clap or sing along.  There was a nice ebb and flow to the song selection blending contemporary with praise and worship.  Their performance included “Tunnel,” “Revelation,” “Call My Name,” and “God of Wonders” with the highlight (for me) of the audience wide a cappella singing of “Blessed Assurance”.  Third Day’s next album “Miracle” hits the stores November 6 (Election Day) and we were urged to “vote for Third Day” with our purchase.

Bart Millard with MercyMe
MercyMe proved to be another polished group with a solid performance.  Lead singer, Bart Millard, used this concert platform to encourage the faithful with meaningful lyrics.  He joked that the song “I Can Only Imagine” follows them everywhere and then promptly sang it.  Other songs from the evening include “Beautiful,” “Homesick/Finally Home,” “This Life,” “Move,” “Hurt & The Healer,” “You Are I Am,” and the absolutely beautiful rendition of “Amazing Grace” sung by one and all.

Article Published in the Star Exponent HERE