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Bridgefest 13 at Bridge of Life Church 'a good afternoon of music'

March 02, 2013|By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com
  • Seth Decker, Shouting Whispers' lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, plays guitar during their set during Bridgefest 13 at Bridge of Life Church in Hagerstown Saturday.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

Local bands played to an eager crowd Saturday at Bridgefest 13 in Hagerstown.

Bridge of Life Church hosted the all-day music festival in its laid-back, dorm-like youth room. Some audience members lounged on secondhand couches chatting, texting and swaying to the music from the room’s far end, while others were at the foot of the stage, hanging on every note and lyric and rocking out.

Youth pastor Justin Perrow said the church wanted to give area bands a place to play.

“We just wanted them to have a place to have a crowd, for some youth groups to come together and for the church to get into the community,” he said. “It’s a way to reach out, bring in an audience and to have a good afternoon of music.”

Nearly 100 people attended the event, many of them going as early as noon to hear opening band Shouting Whispers. Other entertainment included Ransomed, Lights on the Atlantic, Hometown Heroes, Next to Nothing, Ben Crist of The Glorious Unseen and speaker Ben Regensburg. 

Seth Decker, Shouting Whispers’ lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist and Bridge of Life’s youth worship leader, helped coordinate the event. Decker said many bands work on new music in January and February and begin to introduce it at spring and summer concerts. Most of the music performed Saturday was original, he said.

Decker said besides giving bands a place to play, Bridgefest offered teens an alternative to “drugs, alcohol and the party scene.”

“In Hagerstown, you can basically go to the mall or go to a movie,” Decker said. “Some people want to be able to go to a show, a place where they can meet new people, make new friends, hear new kinds of music.”

While some of the bands that played Saturday bill themselves as Christian, others do not, Decker said. But like the popular alternative rock band Switchfoot, they have band members who are Christians and they play music with corresponding values.

Claire Garland, 13, of Boonsboro, said the concert was “awesome.”

“There are so many bands,” she said. “We get a concert and they get a nice gig.”

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