Mitch McVicker & Brad Layher
with Bekah Frees
Kearny County Fair
Lakin, KS - July 18, 2000
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Bekah returns for the third time to perform at this Impact Productions event. After opening with an acapella version of "How Great Thou Art," she sang "So Good to Me." God truly is so good. She was very excited to get this chance to open for Mitch!
This outdoor event was sponsored by Impact Productions. Impact was formed as a response to a series of accidents and incidents in their community which took the lives of several young people. The organizers chose this path of bringing in Christian artists as a way to minister to the community who where all so supportive in helping them walk through the pain and loss.
Karen Place on the tambourine, Leah Frees, Bekah's sister (not an alien) singing back-up, and David Keller on bass. Brad Shores on drums also has his own steel drum band called "Tropical Shores." They are awesome! Is that the webmaster on guitar!? Matt Kaiser (left) on guitar, and yes that is Danl "Scatcat" Blackwood on guitar. What a great band! :-)
Bekah and Leah checking out the prairie on the Praisin' "Yodelin'" song. Bekah singing "Don't Keep the Faith," her favorite song on her CD. Don't just keep it to yourself, shine as God's children until we are gathered together eternally with our Father in Heaven. Bekah was sad that their portion of the concert was over, but SO glad to get to hear Mitch and Brad again. Bekah hopes to get the chance to open for Mitch again.
As the shadows of the evening were starting to settle in, Mitch McVicker (right) and Brad Layher started with "Only Love Will." Mitch and Brad make a good team. They are great musicians and they have a wonderful ministry!
The day started out REALLY HOT! but by the time Mtich and Brad got on it was becoming mercifully more cool. The crowd was noticeably more relaxed as the sun began to set, and listened very carefully. They really enjoyed which Mitch sang "There You Are" from the Canticle of the Plains.
Brad is a very gifted musician. Here he plays the hammer dulcimer on "Heaven is Waiting." Mitch introducing "the Band" - BRAD! Beautiful music to praise God as He sets the sun.
Brad's twelve-string guitar added a great depth to "Gospel Rain," one of the last songs Mitch wrote with Rich Mullins. Brad taking center stage to sing his song "The Tin Man." The crowd was not huge, but gave Mitch a wonderful reception.
Some say the eyes are the window to the soul, but it sure could be said that Mitch's smile reflects the beauty of his soul. Mitch's concerts are truly a blessing and an inspiration.
Mitch closes the concert with "Burning the Fields." A definite Kansas favorite. Mitch wrote "Burning..." after a drive across the Kansas Flint Hills to Wichita. This picture is just a sample of a drive across Kansas (between Lakin and Dodge City). Mitch visits with some fans who drove all the way from Kansas City (clear across the state) after hearing of the concert on his mailing list.
Brad and Bekah and Mitch goofing around for the camera after the concert.
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