MARYVILLE, Mo. — As the sun set Friday many seeking a community of like-minded individuals ready to share their faith through music arrived at the Breaking Chains two-day music festival.
The concert is scheduled to continue at noon on Saturday, Sept. 7, but those in attendance Friday night heard music from local and nationally recognized bands as well as members of the Maryville community.
Warming up the audience and the stage G2G or Glory to God, with members from southern Iowa and northwest Missouri, sang several of their own pieces. Members brother and sister Megan and Eli Masilko, of Corning, Iowa, along with band mates Kamryn Denarr, Maryville, and Nathan Shervheim, of Redding, Iowa, closed with their song “Atone,” written in one night and not yet performed in front of a crowd.
“It went better than any practice we had,” said Megan Masilko. Denarr continued saying, “I think we just let the Lord take over,”
Opening the entire two-day event is no small task for the local band. After their performance, members said they had been very excited and waiting for this day.
“It was a huge honor, to be honest with you,” Eli Masilko said.
While the bands changed out, Emcee Whitnee Ice recounted her very tough week leading up to the concert and that she was very glad to be in their company and share in their worship.
Experiencing some difficult medical issues, a leaking then burning dishwasher and a lot of stress, she told the crowd she hopes they never have a week like hers, but that she left it in the hands of God and made it to the festival.
During a break between bands, she asked a group of children to come up and sit with her answer some questions. She asked if any of them knew what grace means.
Unafraid to speak in front of the growing crowd, a young Boy Scout raised his hand and walked to the microphone to explain what grace means to him.
“Grace is when someone says to say mercy – since he died on the cross for us – he didn’t say it and he was being graceful,” explained Keatan Runde, 10.
Ice ended the first round of questions, with “That’s exactly right,” and the group dispersed. Crimson Ruttenberg of Iowa, began performing and Runde, went back to a Boy Scout stand where he helped sell popcorn.
Patiently waiting for the performance he was most looking forward to, T Jones, a Christian rapper, the Maryville Middle School student said he learned about grace by “listening to Pastors Paul McKim and Brian Sparks at Laura Street Baptist Church,” on Sundays and Wednesdays and that he enjoys sharing his faith with others.
Festival coordinator John McBride said the evening was off to a good start, even if it had a bit of a slow start with sound checks. Friday night’s other scheduled acts included Jayme Green, speaker Les Respondek and headlining was Adelaide.
Saturday’s music will kick off at noon with J.C. Dirks followed by Jonah Seeley, Brooks Roman, William Eimer, Ruther Larkin, Bearing Armor, Relent, Andrew Gazaway, Bred 4 War and Break the Fall. Daniel Streety is scheduled to speak at 8:45 p.m. and headliner War of Ages is scheduled to start at 9 p.m.
Attendance to the festival is free. Concessions will be available. For more information, visit the event's Facebook page.