Murray Hill Theatre presents
The Digital Age (feat. members of David Crowder Band)
Bellarive, Arbor Park
932 Edgewood Ave. S.
Jacksonville, FL, 32205
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM (event ends at 10:00 PM)
Watch & Listen
The Digital Age
2012, a year commonly associated with endings, saw a new beginning for former members of the David Crowder *Band. On the heels of their final project with the DC*B, “Give Us Rest or (A Requiem Mass In C [The Happiest of All Keys])”, Mark, Mike D, Bwack, and Jack sought to continue writing, performing, and producing music together for the Church. Out of this desire, The Digital Age was born.
The idea of The Digital Age came from several conversations about the current state of technology and how we as humans can now interact. With the rise of the internet, our neighbors are no longer the people who live next to us. We have relationships with people not only within our communities and in our cities, but across the globe. Ideas and information spread quickly and shape how we choose to connect or disconnect from those around us. For example, the majority of the final DC*B album was recorded in separate locations. Files were uploaded and shared on a private server, and many artistic interactions occurred behind the veil of a computer screen. 1s and 0s turned into sounds, and sounds turned into songs. What started as small files are now songs that can be found floating across the internet. We are all neighbors. We are all connected. Art is everywhere, free to give and take. We live in the digital age.
In the small college town of Waco, TX, home of Baylor University, The Digital Age has its roots planted at University Baptist Church. Throughout the life of the church, the members of the band have been leading worship there in some form or fashion since its inception in 1995. “We really feel at home here and committed to the investment we’ve made in this community, so right away we knew we wanted to stay in Waco.”
The members of The Digital Age believe that the Church is beautiful, diverse, creative, and alive, and that these qualities should be reflected in the music the Church creates. Above all, The Digital Age strives to pursue excellence in all things to further the kingdom of God.
Thus begins the musical journey…
In the summer of 2009, the Lord gifted a unified vision to the hearts of six friends from Orlando Florida. That vision quickly developed into the atmospheric worship band now known as Bellarive. Their heart is to craft artistic worship music for the creation to sing straight to the Father above. Bellarive believes that God is calling them to lead these songs not just inside the four walls of a church, but to whoever will lend an ear.
Band member Sean Curran says it this way, "The Creator is continuously stirring the souls of all His children toward Himself. We believe that God creates His children with specific design to reveal and bring glory to Himself in unique ways. For the six of us, that gift is creating music." The band believes there to be a beautiful relationship between Spirit and sound, and expresses that connection through their worship individually and corporately. Melissa Mage states, "We pray that we would be the conduit between the Creator and His creation and that His glory would always be the focal point."
Bellarive travels throughout the year leading for churches, colleges, missions groups, conferences, camps and concerts. They've just begun work on their first full-length album. You can preview and purchase their current EP "The Being Human Project…Start Listening" by clicking on the Music tab.
What makes the band, Arbor Park, special? These guys hail from the sunny beaches of Jacksonville, Florida, and they exhibit a level of musical talent, passion, and experience that would normally come from a much older group.
Home schooling provided all of these band members the time needed to do what they love--play music!
Jake Sykes, lead singer and songwriter for the group, plays multiple instruments and writes tunes with meaningful and soulful lyrics. He’s the kind of guy who would be happy spending all day with his guitar or at the piano, creating. Keyboardist Aaron Eiginger has the ability to play complicated classical masterpieces, and his background adds another dimension to the music; in addition, the Hatch brothers, Carson on electric and
Andrew on the bass, interject perfect groove and rhythm, which further compliments the heartbeat of the music,
driven by drummer, Gill West. West’s drumming technique has been recognized as “beyond his years” and brings to mind many well-known drummers, including Keith Moon of the Who and Carter Beauford of the Dave Matthews Band. Each musician adds his individual style and ability to the group, which produces songs with impressive technical effects and toe-tapping beats that remain in the heads of listeners.
Early participation in their church music programs such as choir, praise and worship performances, and even large church orchestra performances has given these guys lots of experience, making them comfortable on stage no matter how large the audience. Fans are treated to a show which leaves them humming the catchy tunes and tapping their toes, wanting more.
In June of 2013, the band gave its first performance at Murray Hill Theatre in Jacksonville, dedicating its time and ticket sales to the non-profit cause A Beach for EveryBODY (www.Abeachforeverybody.weebly.com), co-founded by Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Leah Sykes and her parents, Brad and Vicki Sykes. Since June, the guys have been asked to perform in multiple well-known concert venues such as Freebird Live and Jack Rabbits, for the Big Ticket Battle of the Bands.
Arbor Park has also returned to Murray Hill two times to open for national bands Royal Tailor and The Digital Age, bringing with them a growing group of fans who are openly pleased with the new songs added to the set. After playing for the homecoming ceremony of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Leah Sykes, they were invited to play for the Miss Florida Pageant in July of 2014, and they recently dedicated their time again to Tunes
for Tots, playing to raise money for children’s charities such as Make a Wish Foundation. They will finish out the
year by performing at Murray Hill’s annual Christmas Cover Show on December 20th and take a turn backing their
friend, Leah Sykes, when she sings at Jack Rabbits on Dec. 28th.
2014 starts off with the band’s first headline show on January 31, 2014 at Murray Hill, where their performances began in 2013. They are also putting together their new cd, which will include favorites such as Music, Toy to You, and What’s Music For? Currently, their songs All I Need and Getaway Car can be found online at iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon. Also online is Angel, written and sung by previous band member Joseph Mendum,
now a solo artist.
Arbor Park is a group of young men who want to make a difference for others by using the gifts and the passion God gave them. That means coming together to make music that leaves others smiling and wondering what these guys are all about. Ask them!
$10.00 - $16.00
Tickets Available at the Door
STANDING ROOM ONLY (with limited seating available)-NO LARGE BAGS-NO SMOKING IN VENUE-NO RE-ENTRY. Sound at the Murray Hill Theatre provided by AVL Productions www.avlproductions.com
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