Fair Jam brings two Christian rock acts
By Matt Echelberry
Fair Jam 2012 brought two bands to the Crawford County Fair on July 19 for an evening of Christian rock. The entertainment began at 7:30 p.m. with Abandon, which opened for Big Daddy Weave.
- Abandon kicks off Fair Jam with a high energy performance. Members are (from left to right): David Vela (drums), Justin Engler (vocals) and Stevan Vela (guitar).
Abandon is a three-piece band from San Antonio, Texas featuring the talent of Justin Engler on vocals, Stevan Vela on lead guitar and David Vela on drums. The music that the band played could be described as a cross between U2 and The Killers. It delivered a high energy performance for a sizeable crowd.
The band has been touring for six years and has released two EP’s and two albums, “Searchlights” (2009) and “Control” (2011). Currently Abandon is working on its third album and has a headlining tour that starts this October called “Live it Out.”
Big Daddy Weave hit the stage just as the sun went down behind the Grandstand. Brothers Mike and Jay Weaver are two of the members; Mike sings and plays acoustic guitar while Jay plays bass. The other members are: Jeremy Redmon on lead guitar, Joe Shirk on keyboards and saxophone, and Jeff Jones on drums.
- Big Daddy Weave came to the Crawford County Fair as part of its summer tour. Members are (from left to right): Jay Weaver (bass), Jeff Jones (drums), Mike Weaver (vocals/acoustic guitar), Joe Shirk (saxophone/keyboards) and Jeremy Redmon (lead guitar).
They had a different sound than Abandon, going for more of a mellow vibe reminiscent of 90’s alternative outfits like Dave Matthews Band. Big Daddy Weave has been around for over a decade and has nine albums under its belt. It played some of its hit singles like “Every Time I Breathe,” “In Christ,” “Without You” and “What Life Would Be Like.”
Several local churches were involved in organizing and sponsoring Fair Jam 2012, including Bucyrus Methodist Church, First Alliance (Bucyrus), First United Methodist (Crestline), Gospel Baptist Church (Galion) and Victory in Truth Ministries (Bucyrus).