Jordan David Smith 5 p.m.
Jordan David Smith (who uses the stage name “The Agent Coma”) has written, recorded and self-produced two albums in two months right here on ACU’s campus and draws his inspiration from artists such as My Epic, William Fitzsimmons and The Appleseed Cast. He has performed at coffee shops, fundraisers, psych wards, funerals and weddings. After college, he hopes to make a career out of singing to the broken and downtrodden. As an aside, he enjoys V-necks, making duck noises and the moon. Yep, that pretty much covers Jordan Smith.
No Face 5:15 p.m.
No Face is a music group that uses hip-hop as well as poetry to communicate the need for awareness of and participation in the solution of social injustices, as well as the life and glory we find in Christ. Though the typical Christian art seems to have to coincide inside of an explicit message of the gospel, we recognize the need for high quality artistry and creativity. Whether it be through our music or philanthropic outreaches, our biggest goal is to work, not for our own selves to be seen, but the Christ in us; hence the name No Face.
Will Morgan & Jaimie Patterson 5:30 p.m.
After dating for two years, Will and Jaimie are finally taking the stage together, forming a unique duo comprised of an actress and an accountant. Will has been performing in Abilene as a “one-man-band” for several years, while Jaimie has been in numerous ACU theater productions. In addition to Will’s many original songs, the two have recently begun writing music together. For Springfest, this folky duo will perform a stripped down acoustic set, focused heavily on harmonic vocals. It will feature two never-before-heard original songs as well as covers from Ingrid Michaelson and the Avet Brothers. They are most comfortable on stage when their audience is singing along, dancing or both.
MA Double 5:50 p.m.
Under the moniker MA Double, Matt Preston is a Christian Hip Hop artist who loves Jesus. He is from Abilene and loves and thanks his community for all the support they have given him. He grew up as a Christian but truly accepted Christ during the summer of 2010. Now his perspective on life has completely changed and he wants to share his testimony with whoever God leads him to. He has a passion for music but it is nothing compared to his passion for Jesus. He longs to glorify God in everything he does because of His amazing grace and love! Hip Hop is the paintbrush he uses to uniquely paint a portrait of the glorious riches that are in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Caroline & Jake 6:05 p.m.
Caroline Nikolaus and Jake Hall met during marching band and the classes they shared sealed their friendship. Although they began playing gigs last year, they have focused on developing their duo since Caroline’s return from Oxford. They both dabble in quite a few instruments and love to accompany each other’s voices and talents. Since most of their performance revolves around voice, guitar, banjo, drums and piano, they have an acoustic, folksy feel. Caroline & Jake play cover songs as well as their own and bring a quirky energy to the stage that draws people in to relax and enjoy. Most of all, they are musicians who love to play.
Pierce Hardin 6:20 p.m.
Pierce’s style is whatever he feels like playing that day or whatever band he has been listening to. One original song that he will play, “Don’t Give Up,” was inspired a lot by Mumford & Sons. He loves listening to City and Colour and may be singing an acapella song called “Grinnin’ in Your Face” by Son House. Pierce will be playing with Annique Dentino and they both really love The Civil Wars and Of Monsters and Men. They feel like these bands’ style of playing and singing really fits them and are going to sing “Poison and Wine” and “Little Talks.”
Clayton Stewart 6:40 p.m.
Clayton’s band, which includes David Evans, David Grifith and Landon Cook, enjoys playing gritty blues rock they like to play it loud. Clayton and most of the band have been playing for about five or six yearsÂ with the exception of our Grifith, who has been playing for quite a long time. Clayton has always looked up to Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters for his originality, but more for the passion that he puts into his music. As a band, they agree that music with passion behind it will always have listeners.
The Fox & the Hounds 7:10 p.m.
The story of The Fox & the Hounds began when lead singer Logan Pringle moved from Austin to Abilene to follow a call from the Lord to trust him, even in the face of an uncertain ending. He paired with Jessalyn Massingill, a starving artist, to lead worship. As it were, Logan’s cousin Andrew Tate happened to be a banjo prodigy and after agreeing to play a show as a favor, the three made a spur-of-the-moment decision to call themselves “The Fox & the Hounds.” The name seemed clever enough for the folk inspired sound that they currently play. And to clear up any questions, Andrew is the fox.
Loftland 8 p.m.
Loftland, a Wisconsin based pop rock quartet, fuses uplifting lyrics with inescapably infectious hooks that are sure to stick in your head for days on end. Backed by an energetic live show that leaves both themselves and the crowd exhausted, this group of young men stay true to their motto, “Go big or go home.” The band is comprised of vocalist/guitarist Dominic Gibbs, guitarist Tanner Gibbs, bassist Steven Priske, and drummer Alex Klingenberg. With a median age of just 19 years, the future for these four young men only looks brighter with each step forward.
Fueled by a commitment to excellence both on and off the stage, the members of Loftland are passionate about connecting with their audience. The open invitation to hang out at their table after every show speaks to the humble way they see themselves – just four young men who, through music, want to share truth and hope with the people they meet. (via loftlandband.com)