If you are looking for some live music next weekend and don't end up being thrilled by what is offered locally, consider making the trek to Mason City for Thrive. Thrive is a small two-night concert/festival held at Mason City's Roller City (600 Second Street Northwest) that will feature performances by Capital Kings, Five Iron Frenzy, Project 86, and more spread out over July 11 and 12. Two-night passes for the event are available at Roller City and North Iowa Youth For Christ in Mason City for $20 and online through iTickets for $22 (including fees). Two-night passes will also be available at the door for $25, and single night tickets may be purchased at the door for $15. The doors for the event will open at 6 p.m. on both nights, and the music will start at 7 p.m. Thrive is open to all ages.
On Friday, July 11, Playdough, Children 18:3, and Project 86 will perform sets, with a late night dance party planned afterward with Playdough again taking the stage. Headliner Project 86 (see slideshow) is a Christian rock band out of Orange County, California that has placed five albums in the Top 20 of the Christian chart. The band is currently in the studio recording their ninth studio album, which is due out sometime this fall.
Saturday, July 12 opens with a special men's breakfast with Andrew Schwab, lead singer of Project 86, at 9 a.m. and an acoustic set with Children 18:3 at 10:30 a.m. Tickets for this are sold separately from the main festival, and are $5.
Saturday night will see performances by Mike Mains & The Branches, Capital Kings (pictured at left), and headliner Five Iron Frenzy. Five Iron Frenzy (featured video) is a ska band from Denver that has charted five studio albums, two live albums, and an EP in the Contemporary Christian Top 20. The band released their latest studio album, Engine of a Million Plots, last November.
If you are still around Mason City on Sunday, Mike Mains and The Branches will play at acoustic set at Jitters Coffee Bar (located at 100 South Federal Avenue in Southbridge Mall) at 1 p.m.
To learn more about Thrive 2014, visit the Thrive Facebook page.