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Bands positive message rocks
Truett-McConnell concert will have music for kids of all ages
Members of Christian band Building 429 include, from left, Jesse Garcia on keys and lead guitar, Jason Roy as lead vocalist and Michael Anderson on drums.


Listen to Building 429 lead singer Jason Roy talk about the meaning behind the band’s name.

Building 429
What: Concert featuring Christian artists Building 429, Todd Agnew and Kimber Rising
When: 7 p.m. Sept. 24
Where: Truett-McConnell College gym, 100 Alumni Drive, Cleveland
How much: $10 advance, $12 at the door
More info: 706-865-2134, ext. 131

Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland may not exactly be known for rock ’n’ roll, but that’s exactly what it will get next week.

Christian band Building 429 will perform on Sept. 24 at the school, and lead singer Jason Roy promises an entertaining show.

"We’ve challenged ourselves to put together a show that rivals any show that you’d see in the mainstream," he said. "So if you’re not a Christian music listener, guess what? It doesn’t matter. This show is gonna rock your socks off anyway."

The band is well known in the Christian music scene for songs like "Glory Defined," "Space In Between Us" and their more recent hit "End of Me."

But the show, which also features Christian artists Todd Agnew and Kimber Rising, is about more than rock.

The tour’s theme is The Promise Remains, and Roy said that refers to God’s promises remaining true even in hard times.

"I think as you look at the world today, you see a lot of things going haywire, a lot of things crazy, but ... we don’t question what’s true in the light just because we’re in the darkness."

Through the show, that message will be shared.

"The music, the show, all the things that we do are literally just the translators that allow us to speak to this generation, earn their respect and then be able to tell them about this life that we have," Roy said.

A message of service also will be a component of the night. The Christian humanitarian organization World Vision is a sponsor of the tour, and Roy, who recently took a trip to Rwanda and Uganda, said missions is "the heartbeat of who I am."

"We have the opportunity not just to talk about God and how good he is and how he’s faithful and that stuff," he said. "But we actually have an opportunity to be a part of proving that as true."

The concert will feature music from the band’s latest CD, which is self-titled, denoting a new start for the band with a new label, INO Records.

As for the rock ’n’ roll, Roy said the show is a great opportunity to bring the kids and "let ’em have a good time and let ’em run down front and rock out with the band — and know that they’re going to be safe and have a great time."