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ApologetiX concert takes aim at Christian stereotypes

| Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007

One of the brightest, and funniest, lights in contemporary Christian music shines its acclaimed artistry on Lower Burrell on Sunday.

ApologetiX, the 14-year-old Pittsburgh-based national-touring band known for its parodies of mainstream rock and pop hits, perform an all-ages concert at 6:30 p.m. in Trinity United Christian Church, Lower Burrell.

They display a talent that has been embraced by both religious and secular audiences. They may be the only artists to be featured on the national radio shows of both Billy Graham and Howard Stern (four times), nostalgia music guru "Dr. Demento," as well as the "700 Club."

ApologetiX are past recipients of the American Christian Music awards for alternative artist and alternative song of the year, and have been named "Favorite Independent Artist" in Contemporary Christian magazine's readers'-choice awards. Christianity Today's reader's-choice poll gave the band the "best album" honor.

"It's great for people to see Christians expressing themselves through today's music, and hopefully shattering some of the stereotypes that society has attached to 'born-again Christians,' " says lead singer J. Jackson.

"We have a lot of fans who tell us their friends and family members, who wouldn't be caught dead listening to other Christian music, will listen to us and come to our shows, and even enjoy them. We try our best to please as many people as possible without compromising our message."

Jackson admits the members "did crazy things in our lives" before they embraced their faith. "I think our strengths lie in the fact that we weren't guys who grew up cloistered away in some country church," he adds. They played in bar bands and garage bands.

They are excellent musicians in their own right says Mark Walters, of West Deer, one of the concert organizers, a member of Trinity United Christian. "They do a lot of different styles," he explains.

In the spirit of "Weird Al" Yankovic, they re-write current songs from a Christian perspective. They perform on-the-mark interpretations of the hits, says Walters' wife, Cathy Walters. "They can really relate to the audience. They've got personality and they're funny too," she adds.

It's music that reaches people with a message of faith, says church elder Shawn Leas of Upper Burrell. "They take songs everybody already knows and make them positive messages."

Additional Information:

ApologetiX

When: 6:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Trinity United Christian Church, 3400 Garvers Ferry Road, Lower Burrell

Admission: $10 advance; $15 at door

Details: 724-321-2007, www.Apologetix.com

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