Bands tuning up to play for Sonfest

June 07, 2006|by MARLO BARNHART

SMITHSBURG - In the mood for fun, dancing, good food and celebrating vibrant contemporary Christian music? Well then, Smithsburg will be the place to be this Saturday.

The 9th annual Sonfest will begin at 10 a.m. at the Smithsburg Fire Co. carnival grounds. Events are planned until 10 p.m., according to Nancy Showe, one of the organizers.

Begun by Trinity Lutheran Church nine years ago as a fundraiser, the event has grown in size and popularity. This year, proceeds from food concessions will benefit youth activities at the church.

A big part of the program is music, and one of the bands performing is Figment, a Smithsburg-based group composed of three young men who have been playing together for years.


Brothers Corey and Chris Showe, along with Arlo Harvey, have been playing music for nearly five years. It was only recently that they decided to give their group a name.

Chris, 19, said he writes the original songs played by the group. "The word Figment shows up in one of those so we went with that for our name," he said.

Lead guitarist and vocalist, Chris is a student at Messiah College. "I'm majoring in Christian ministries with a music minor," he said.

Younger brother Corey, 16, is the percussionist for the group as well as at Smithsburg High School. "Music is a big part of my life," Corey said. "And I really enjoy this on the side."

Arlo is 17 and plays bass guitar for Figment. A senior at Smithsburg High School, Arlo also plays cello in the school orchestra.

"I'm looking at a career in music, perhaps as a recording engineer or artist," he said. After a year at Hagerstown Community College, Arlo said he is hoping to attend classes at Omega Recording Studios in Rockville, Md.

The group practices at the Harvey home.

"We call it the music room - it's always been this way since we've lived here," Arlo said.

Figment will play a lot of different kinds of music Saturday as will the other groups and performers.

The music event started small and began to grow, both in numbers and musical styles. Additional events have been added along the way.

Children's games have been expanded and will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this year. There will be crafts, a liturgical dance team, Thomas the Tank Engine storytime, clowns, puppets and music.

The Smithsburg Fire Co. carnival grounds are behind the fire hall and Trinity Lutheran Church at 15 Main St. In case of bad weather, the festival will move indoors at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Sonfest band schedule

10 a.m. - Figment, Smithsburg

11:15 a.m. - Stevie Prather, Silver Spring, Md.

12:30 and 4:15 p.m. - 3 Days Journey, Southcentral, Pa.

1:45 p.m. - TLC, Hagerstown

3 p.m. - Mercy Seat, Crystal Springs, Pa.

5:30 p.m. - Frances Drost, Newville, Pa.

6:45 p.m. - New Spirit Praise Band, Hagerstown

8 p.m. - Acoustic Caf (various artists can sign up on Sonfest day.)

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