Church To Host Concert

ST. MARYS — The Wayne Street United Methodist Church will be holding the first-ever Waynestock Living for the Rock concert on July 23 in the church sanctuary.

The all-day event will feature a variety of music, including some local talent. The lineup includes Just Us Gospel Quartet, Bill Parrish, Awaken Band, Days Apart, Lori Triplett and Harlend Band. Doors will open at 2 p.m. with the first band set to play at 2:30 p.m.

Keith Jacobs said he expects Just Us Gospel Quartet and Triplett to be a large draw.

“(Triplett) is probably our biggest draw because she’s from St. Marys,” Jacobs said. “She’s going to come up from Nashville. Just Us Gospel Quartet, from Uniopolis, is a pretty big draw as far as the Auglaize County Fair and the Gospel Tent.”

Attendees will receive a wristband to get into the sanctuary and will be able to come and go as they please.

“You get a little wristband that says ‘Waynestock 2011’ so basically all you have to do is show your wristband and that’ll get you into the sanctuary,” Jacobs said. “If you want to come and watch one group and not another one, that’s up to you.”

Concessions will be open outside the sanctuary, where the church and the bands will be selling merchandise. Picnic tables will be set up in the parking lot. Jacobs said St. Marys should have an event like Waynestock.

“I see thousands of people travel to country concerts every year and I’m thinking, ‘Why don’t we have something neat like that in St. Marys?’” Jacobs said. “You don’t see very many contemporary Christian concerts.”

Jacobs said the church hopes to make Waynestock an annual event.

“We’re hoping to have it grow into something a little bit bigger,” Jacobs said. “If it goes well, hopefully we can make it a little bigger and move it outside and make it a weekend event rather than just a Saturday night.”

Proceeds from the concert will go to Wayne Street United Methodist Church for the planning of Waynestock 2012.

Tickets for the event are $10 for the day and can be purchased at Minster Bank in St. Marys, by calling the Wayne Street United Methodist Church at 419-394-3615 or by calling Jacobs at 419-733-1835.