Wednesday was a school night. But hey, if you had your homework done, there was nothing wrong with rocking out for a couple of hours.
That seemed to be the philosophy behind a concise and energetic show by Fireflight and Me in Motion at Lexington Christian Academy last night. The concert was booked at the last minute by Ichthus Ministries when a date opened on the Orlando band's schedule.
That put one of the hottest bands in Christian rock on the LCA stage to perform a just-over-hour-long set topped by their smash Unbreakable, an interpretation of the adulterous woman story from the Gospels. Led by charismatic frontwoman Dawn Richardson, the band wasted little time getting on stage and getting cranked up -- school night, after all -- showing the harder edges of a group that's been getting a lot of radio play this year.
Stand Up, early in the set, got the crowd going with its descending riff that even sparked a mosh pit for a few minutes. So Help Me God kept the energy going until the band slowed it down for a brief Bible message and its power ballad Forever.
Fireflight is still a relatively young act, enjoying chart topping success while still asking for donations to a tour bus fund. An hour seemed to be the right length for the group, rounded out by guitarists Justin Cox and Glenn Drennen, bassist Wendy Drennen (Glenn's wife) and drummer Phee Shorb. Their energy never flagged as they seemed to feed off the largely teenage crowd in the the theater, and their songs were distinctive, largely thanks to Richardson's theatrical interpretations. She did momentarily go flat, though since that vocal kerfuffle also befell Me in Motion's Seth Mosley, you had to wonder if it was a glitch in the sound system.
Anyway, Me in Motion, based out of Ashville, Ohio, got the evening off to a spirited start. The trio did not appear much older than the kids they were playing for. But they did have a grasp for the basics of post-punk pop rock that should serve them well as they grow.
Here are some more pics from last night, and there are others if you hit the "continue reading" link.