Mark and I traveled to Rochester to see a band I have been wild about ever since I first heard them! The name of the group is Rend Collective Experiment and they are all the way from Northern Ireland! The concert was held in Chili at a church called The Father’s House. We had never visited this church before, but it is rather large!
The concert was held with a large amount of seating, but people were seated in other areas as well with large screens so they could see the concert. Because Mark is in a wheelchair, they had him cut to the front of the line. Wow! The people working as ushers and security were so tremendously nice. It was an awesome experience the whole way around. We were allowed to go into the room before others so we wouldn’t get stampeded when the doors were opened for seating. Oh, and this concert was free!
There were two acts that opened the evening. The first was a band called Bellarive…I had never heard of them before. They were lively and full of energy. A young girl seated in front of us told her friends the lead singer looked like Johnny Depp in The Pirates of the Caribbean and I guess he did!
The second act was a young woman by the name of Audrey Assad. She is amazing! I didn’t hear her name when she introduced herself, but once she began singing, I knew right away who she was…her voice is beyond incredible and her range is awesome!
It seemed like forever before Rend Collective Experiment finally took the stage but the wait was well worth it! We were warned they were going to “get all Irish on us” and teach us all about shenanigans and shindigs. This group is so good and they certainly didn’t disappoint. I was “warned” beforehand by security that they didn’t want any “professional photos” taken and I made it clear I am not pro! Even with my telephoto lens with huge glass, it was challenging getting any photos of this group! Consider photographing Mexican Jumping Beans in a very dark room…..
Here are some photos. ( The group consists of four men and a woman who is married to one of the fellows)
What a great opportunity this was to hear a fabulous concert!