MARYVILLE, Mo. — In its fourth year, Breaking Chains music festival creators endeavor to offer two days of hope, positive music and community engagement.

The local Christian music festival, usually held in the spring, this year will be held Friday, Sept. 6 and Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Raymond J. Courter College Park Pavilion just west of Bearcat Stadium on the Northwest Missouri State University campus, while school is in session.

“We’re super excited this year,” said John McBride, event coordinator, “It’s the first week they’ll be back and there are no scheduled events that weekend.”

Last year’s show was held on campus, but school was not in session. McBride hopes with school in session even more people will join in with the audience to be a part of the musical experience.

In previous years, the show has been held out on a soccer field near Calvary Chapel and at The Rose Theater. While one was too little space, the other was far more than needed.

McBride said the pavilion has been the best location so far with regard to the amount of space. Also available will be concessions and tables to meet some of the band members.

“The foundation of the whole festival is to just kind of reach people where they are,” McBride said, continuing that he comes from a background of substance abuse.

“The nonprofit organization is composed of people who believe in what we’re doing,” McBride said. “My wife (Denise) and I started it four years ago. There have been little stories out of each festival where a life has been changed in a positive way and … it makes it all worth it. Every minute, every hour you put into it, every dime you put into it, it makes it worth it. … We’re trying to reach people through the speakers, the music.”

There is no admission to enter the two-day event. McBride said this is to make sure anyone who wants to, is able to attend. He told the story of two Northwest students who heard music from the show held two years ago out at Calvary Chapel and walked the mile with their dog to the church to take part.

This year, Northwest student Whitnee Ice will emcee the event after speaking at last year’s show. “She has a very good perspective,” McBride said. Others to speak at the event include Daniel Streety and Les Respondek.

Who is playing?

Seventeen bands and musicians are scheduled to perform during the two-day festival. K&L Concert Systems out of Topeka will provide the light and sound equipment for the bands, many of whom are nationally recognized acts including War of Ages, formerly known as Point Zero, an American Christian metal band formed in Erie, Pennsylvania in 2002.

According to the group’s biography on its record label Facedown Records’ website, War of Ages’ convictions are as deeply rooted in strength through spirit as their music is based in intensely heavy but melodic and catchy metal and hardcore.

But the concert is not all metal. McBride explained there is something for everyone at the show. From country to rap, the music is as broad reaching as possible, because the goal of the event is to reach as many people as possible with their message of hope and community.

Out of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Adelaide will headline Friday night’s show at the pavilion. The nationally touring contemporary rock band shares its focus on the gospel of Jesus Christ through “profound yet relatable lyrics and music,” according to the band’s Facebook page. The band has a very strong rock sound with lyrics influenced by Plumb, Evanescence, Skillet and Britt Nicole.

“We try to bring in bands that are accessible,” said McBride. “... bands who are willing to do the work off stage as well.”

He said some bands in the past have stayed for the entire event to meet audience members and share in the spirit of the show. Some of the bands are local to Missouri, even Maryville.

J.C. Dirks, worship leader at Calvary Chapel, songwriter and muscian, is scheduled to open the Saturday show at noon with his contemporary Christian rock music. He also provides a lot of technical service during the show.

“He has been a huge blessing,” McBride said.

With Dirks’ help and that of others, he explained that they’re able to keep the cost of the show fairly low. He said this year, more than the others, they’ve been closer to their funding goal. With the help of local businesses providing transportation and lodging such as Championship Motors, the Red Roof Inn and KNIM with advertising as well as many others and private donors, McBride said they’re close to their goal.

“It truly has been a blessing,” he said. “I have no idea what this year will bring. ... If one life is positively impacted, then it was worth it.”

For more information visit the event’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/johnmcbride.breakingchains/.

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