Youth Jam plans trip with Scarecrow and Tinmen
Annual event for middle and high school students set Oct. 13
By Jeff Kurowski
Compass Assistant Editor
What: Youth Jam 2001
Who: Youth grades 6-12
When: 6:30-10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13
Where: St. Norbert College, De Pere
Why: Evening of music entertainment, food and fun. Pizza and soda will be served from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Concessions will be on sale from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Scarecrow & Tinmen and Revelation will perform. Bp. Robert banks and Fr. Dan Felton will be presenters.
Registration: To register or for more information, call (920)437-7531, ext. 3 or (877)500-3580. Group rates are $13 per person for groups of 4-14 members or $12 per person for groups of 15 or more members. Deadline is Oct. 1.
"Interactive and hyperactive," that's how Chris Padgett, lead vocalist and keyboardist for Scarecrow & Tinmen describes the band's concerts.
Padgett, bass guitarist Taylor Ard, lead guitarist Brad DeRosia and drummer Jason Kopp will bring their high energy sound of progressive and classic rock ideas with blending acoustic elements and hip-hop influences to this year's Youth Jam, Oct. 13 at Schuldes Sports Center, St. Norbert College, De Pere. Also performing will be Revelation from Oshkosh. Bp. Robert Banks and Fr. Dan Felton will be the presenters.
"The goal for our shows is to touch every sense humanly possible," said Padgett in a release from the band. "We do contests -- chugging YooHoo or Coke with an optional best burp; dancing, seeing who can sing the best version of 'Sweet Home Alabama.' We just try to be as silly as possible."
'The second half of the show is very introspective and ministry oriented," he continued. "The point is to win the kids over; whatever we can do to make an impact, so that they're more receptive to what we have to say. When you listen to our music later, we want them to remember the concert and how God spoke into their lives. I think we're a good advertisement for the fact that if God uses us, he can use anybody."
The band, founded by Padgett in 1994, has released two national CDs -- No Place Like Home and its latest offering Superhero. New Heart and Mind, Technofolk Road and New Heart and Mind 2 were released independently by the band. "The Reason Y," a song featured on Superhero, focuses on the purpose of their music, said Padgett.
"We're out here doing this because of who Jesus is and what he's doing for us," he said. The band's frontman also points to "Big Mouth," also featured on Superhero, as a song with a strong message.
"It talks about using words to give encouragement rather than tearing down," he said. "Then 'This Much' (also on Superhero) continues along those lines, talking about God's willingness to provide the ultimate sacrifice on Calvary. That was truly the greatest act of heroism."
The band's name is easy to remember, and also has depth and meaning, said Padgett.
"'The Wizard of Oz' is such a wonderful piece of Americana," he said. "Everybody's got some kind of memory associated with it. Of course we identify most closely with the Scarecrow and the Tinman who needed a brain and a heart. As Christians, God gives us a new mind and a new heart."
The band's current tour has included concerts in Arizona, Kentucky, Alabama, Louisiana, New York, Ohio, Maryland and Oklahoma. The band will arrive in Wisconsin following a concert date in Illinois. Performing for young people is especially rewarding, said DeRosia.
"I love hanging out with kids and getting the chance to make a difference in someone's life," he said. "I want to make sure I'm an influence that they're going to remember and cherish. We fall and we fail, but we can point to someone who doesn't."