Sunday, December 16, 2007

NCG Jam Session in my living room- very cool.

Tonight was a long awaited Christmas Concert by Nathan Clark George (vocals, guitar) and Mark Stoffel (mandolin and violin) at Redeemer. Playing with them was Ross Sermons (upright bass) and Benjamin George (drums).

The concert was every bit as excellent as I anticipated. There was an nice turn out and a festive spirit among the crowd. It was a blessed time. I've written about my appreciation for Nathan George and his music before, I encourage you to check out the link to his site, buy some of his CD's, you'll thank me. Nathan possesses an originality that is largely absent in the world of Christian music today. Mark Stoffel is a world class mandolin player. Together, these guys make some amazing music. Ross and Ben are perfect complements. They have a rare chemistry as a band and clearly enjoy playing together. From a twelfth century hymn arrangement to a Johnny Cash tune, they do it all very well.

Perhaps the greatest highlight of the weekend, however, didn't happen tonight, but rather Saturday night. When the guys arrived at my house around 6pm, we treated them to Gates BBQ (the best in KC). Then, they performed an impromptu jam session for my kids. All total, they must have played for a couple hours. They did several numbers as a band, then Nathan and Mark played for a long time after. It was very cool to have such skilled musicians playing in my living room as the above picture illustrates. My sons stood mesmerized by their playing.

Thanks Nathan, Mark, Ross and Ben. You made our weekend.


Rick Calohan said...

My wife and I were unable to attend the concert, but I must say that when they played Silent Night during communion I was overwhelmed with emotion. It is one of my all time favorite Christmas hymns, and always tugs at my heartstrings but the sound of the mandolin made me really think of my dad who loved country music and blue grass and who died in 2001. As we get older (can it be that I will be 41 in January?) the memories of those love ones we miss especially around the holidays and days of yore do come rushing back. However, what a blessed assurance that those we loved who were with Christ on earth, are now with Him in heaven and to think that our Lord came and dwelled among us to be our Savior. Thank you gentlemen for your wonderful music, I hope that the next time you are in town our family will be able to attend.

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ, the Savior is born
Christ, the Savior is born

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love's pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth "

jeff the nj bowhunter said...

tony - thank you so much for posting this! I checked out NCG's music & I'm hooked!

I wandered onto your blog from David Blanton's blog, and I've been checking yours every day for the past week!

We have a lot in common..
1) Italian (Or Eye-talian as they say in the south)
2) bow hunter (population control specialist)
3) Christian
4) From the east (Jersey)
5) Raising boys with my wife
(3 boys, 5 yrs, 4yrs, and 1 yr old)
6) Love the Chronicles of Narnia

God Bless you in all you do!

Jeff C.

AJF said...

Jeff! Great to meet you brother. You're not kidding, we've got tons in common! I'm glad you've been blessed by NCG. God bless your family.

Frontier Forest said...

Sorry we missed the concert! But speaking of non-traditional music, while we were in Branson, with great enthusiasm, we were blessed to hear “Handel’s Messiah” on the acustic guitar! With a full orchestra behind the lead guitar player, one didn‘t need words to hear and feel the music deep in your soul! Old George Handel himself would have been honored!