7eventh Time Down will headline a Christian concert being offered in Carroll in August.
7eventh Time Down will headline a Christian concert being offered in Carroll in August.

July 1, 2016

In what area organizers are hoping will become a storied tradition in Carroll, residents will once again this year have the opportunity to attend a Christian concert locally.

Two bands — 7eventh Time Down and Bread of Stone — will perform Friday, Aug. 12, at the St. Lawrence Center gym.

Attendees can expect a great show, said Wes Treadway, general manager at Real 102.1, Carroll’s new Christian music station, which is sponsoring the concert.

Treadway described 7eventh Time Down as a bit “edgier,” a band that people of a wide variety of ages will enjoy.

“And lyrically, they don’t skimp on their lyrics,” he said. “Their lyrics are very good. They’re one of those groups that appeal to a wide audience.”

Bread of Stone, whose members also run a production company, incorporate a lot of technology into their shows — LED screens, iPhones, video, green screens. At one point during a song it might look as though they’re walking in a video game, Treadway said. The next, they’re recording video.

Tickets cost $10 ahead of time and can be purchased at the Good News Book & Gift Store or by calling the Real 102.1 station at 712-775-1021, for attendees who live out of town. Doors open at 6 p.m. the night of the show, with the concert starting at 6:30 p.m.

A variety of sponsors are supporting the show, including New Way, New Way Ford and McLaughlin International, First United Methodist Church, Central Church, Pleasant Ridge Evangelical Free Church near Glidden and Real 102.1.

Other area churches are providing volunteers for the concert, making it a joint effort between many of them — also a goal of the event’s organizers, Treadway said.

“We hope this will lead to other churches wanting to be a part of it and to see the impact it can have, and businesses as well,” Treadway said.

Organizers are still looking for volunteers to help out during the concert by setting up or tearing down equipment or running the band’s merchandise booths. Those interested can call the station.

The concert will partially serve as a one-year marker for Real 102.1, which went on the air last July. Any additional dollars raised from ticket sales for the concert will go back into a fund for next year’s concert, as organizers are hoping to make it an annual event. However, the radio station always needs continued donations and underwriting to remain on the air. Those who enjoy the station and want to support it can do so by mailing a check to P.O. Box 531 in Carroll, donating online at real102.com or calling 712-755-1021.

Last year, Josh Wilson, Citizen Way and Dan Bremnes played at a similar concert, held at Central Church. This time, organizers are expanding the event and moved it to the school gym.

Since the last concert, last year’s performers all have seen quite a bit of success, especially the first two, Treadway said. It seems to be an effect of playing in Carroll, he joked — the Grammys might be up next for some of these artists.

7eventh Time Down was booked because Treadway and others in Carroll had a relationship with the band’s promoters through past events, and Sioux City-based Bread of Stone, whose members also run BNY Production, initially was booked to produce the show but also became its opening act.

“We got a two-for-one deal with them,” Treadway joked.

Bread of Stone, whose members have performed in Carroll before, at REAL Fest several years ago, at a previous concert at St. Lawrence Center’s gym and more recently at Central Church.

Real 102.1 is the start of an effort to introduce contemporary Christian music into the Carroll area, and these concerts are another step, Treadway said. He still runs into people who believe Christian music is all old hymns.

“There’s so much more to it than that,” he said. “I invite kids to come to this too; don’t think that because it’s something that’s Christian, it might be lame or watered-down. It’s very cool. You’ll get a great show — but we hope people are ministered to as well.”