Terry’s Picks: January 2018

Written by Terry DeBoer on . Posted in Local

EVENTSWest Michigan Christian News writer Terry DeBoer surveys the landscape for the area's faith-based arts and entertainment events over the coming month. Here are three highlights for January:

*Kevin "K.O." Olusola – The member of the famed vocal group Pentatonix speaks and performs at 12:30 and 7pm Wed. Jan. 17 in the Covenant Fine Arts Center Auditorium of Calvin College in Grand Rapids. Olusola is the son of a Nigerian psychiatrist and Grenadian nurse and grew up in Kentucky learning cello, piano and saxophone before attending Yale University. It's there he developed his "celloboxing" talent (combining cello-playing and vocal beat-boxing), eventually finding his way into the Grammy-winning Pentatonix. The performances are part of Calvin's January Series, and are free of charge. For more information visit www.calvin.edu/january-series

*Vertical Worship– The ensemble performs at 7:30pm Fri. Jan 19 in Christ Chapel at Cornerstone University, 1001 E. Beltline NE in Grand Rapids. Doors open at 6:30pm. Formerly known as Vertical Church Band, the group is part of the multi-site Harvest Bible Chapel in suburban Chicago. The artists also lead a worship workshop on planning, musicianship and songwriting from 2 – 4pm Jan. 19 with a separate admission price. Advanced reserved concert tickets are $20, (student rate $10, worship workshop is $40). Visit www.itickets.com, or 800-965-9324.

*The Growing Roots – The husband/wife duo of Scott and Lisa Barry performs at 7pm Fri. Jan. 26 at Baker Book House, 2768 E. Paris Ave. SE. Their rootsy, acoustic rock sound features touches of blues and soul over a Biblical base. The Grand Rapids-area couple often performs with their talented children. Among their original songs are "Strangers Here" and "Right On Time." Sample their music online at https://www.reverbnation.com/thegrowingroots/songs. There is no admission charge for the concert. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/514591635576211/ or call 616-957-3110.
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Terry DeBoer
Author: Terry DeBoer
Terry is a journalist/feature writer for newspapers, magazines and websites, with a background in radio broadcasting. His usual beat is arts and entertainment, specializing in Christian/gospel music. A married father of two, he is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan Contributing Writer: West Michigan Christian News August 2011 – Present Feature writer: -Mlive.com (website and various newspapers) 1988– 2016 -Spotlight New Christian Music Magazine 1997-2008 -Church News Editor, Church Herald Magazine 2004-2009

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