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.