Four bands will perform at Powell Valley Covenant Church; the concert will coincide with 'See You at the Pole' event

One local church really rocks.

S.T.A.T.I.C. Youth Ministries, the youth group at Powell Valley Covenant Church, will host a free concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, 1335 S.E. 282nd Ave., Gresham, to coincide with that morning's See You at the Pole event.

See You at the Pole is a student-initiated, student-led event, held the fourth Wednesday of September. On that day, students across the country gather around the flag poles at their schools before classes start and pray for their communities.

This year's See You at the Pole theme is 'Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations,' from Psalm 46:10.

'We want people to come and experience God in a way that we don't experience anymore,' said Russ Baley, youth leader at Powell Valley.

Baley initially hoped to organize a small concert the previous night in preparation for the See You at the Pole event to encourage the youth at the church to take part.

Things changed when Tray Michaels, the leader of The Tray Michaels Band, approached Baley with a new idea.

'Last Wednesday, Tray called me and said 'I've got a proposition for you, and you can't say no.' ' Baley said.

Michaels offered to perform along with three other bands - Circleslide, Noon Day Sun and Mercy Pilots, formerly known as Idlefill - at Powell Valley, at no cost to the church or those who attend the concert.

'We're really stoked,' Baley said.

All of the bands call the Pacific Northwest home. Of them, Circleslide is perhaps the most widely known.

According to the group's Web site, the four-member band has a 'distinctive Americana-Brit pop style that has been compared to everything from Bob Dylan and Neil Young to U2 and Radiohead.'

When asked why the popular Christian bands would offer to perform for free, Baley said, 'For us, it's all about reaching out to the kids in the community across denominational boundaries. It's about building the greater Jesus community.'

Counting the overflow space outside of the church auditorium, Baley estimates that there will be space for up to 300 people.

However, seating is still somewhat limited, so participants are encouraged to show up a little early.

If you go

What: A free concert featuring Circleslide, The Tray Michaels Band, Noon Day Sun and Mercy Pilots, formerly known as Idlefill.

When: 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27. A meet-and-greet will follow from 10 to 11 p.m.

Where: Powell Valley Covenant Church, 1335 S.E. 282nd Ave., Gresham.

Cost: Free.

For more information: Call 503-663-3013.

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