BROOKSVILLE — Raising money to help those in need is the purpose of a concert this weekend at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
The Birdsongs, a Christian alternative rock/power pop band, will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday — part of a three-part moneymaking effort by church deacons.
"This is our first fundraiser," said deacon Monte Patterson. "It's for our deacons fund, which helps people with things like paying their electric bill."
The 90-minute concert costs $5 per person. There will also be a barbecue dinner available for $6 beginning at 5 p.m. A silent auction will run simultaneously with the dinner.
"You can get dinner and a concert for $11," Patterson said, "so it's a good deal."
The dinner includes barbecued pork, baked beans, coleslaw, sweet tea and bread.
"Carryout will be available," Patterson said.
Of course, he hopes people will stay for the silent auction and concert.
The Birdsongs are not new to Faith Evangelical. They've given previous concerts to raise funds for missions and to entertain the church family.
They've also performed at Spring Lake United Methodist Church.
Originally from Seattle and now based near Knoxville, Tenn., the band is composed of four brothers, their sister and their father. Matthew plays bass, banjo and the fiddle; Benjamin plays guitar, fiddle and mandolin and is the lead vocalist. Coleene plays guitar, fiddle and bass; Timothy plays keyboard and guitar; Phillip plays drums, and father Wendell plays guitar. All but Timothy perform vocals.
The group has been touring for several years and has shared the stage with well-known Christian performers such as the Newsboys, Sanctus Real, RED, Rush of Fools, Everyday Sunday and Fireflight.
"What we do around the country and onstage is just an extension of who we are in Jesus Christ," Benjamin says on the band's website.
"We want to be totally honest and real about who we are and who God is. We're not seeking fame or fortune. On the contrary, we're passionate about spreading the Gospel and pointing people to Christ.
"We want to serve him with our lives, and this is the ministry God's equipped us for."
The group's latest album is The Journey: Act I The Beginning, which includes its first radio single from 2009, Pieces: Hold On.
Patterson noted that groups appealing to younger Christians do not often come to Hernando County. He's hoping the concert will attract all age groups.
"This is a great opportunity to offer a great Christian event for our members, especially the youth, and to bring our local Christian community together for a night of praise, worship and glory to God," he said.
Patterson is encouraging other churches and organizations to use the concert as a fundraiser for themselves.
"Our sanctuary will hold over 800 people, so we are offering them an opportunity to use this as their fundraiser, also," Patterson said. "We are offering concert tickets for $3 each. Then they can add an amount to that and sell (the tickets) to benefit their cause."
Faith Evangelical will provide tickets and posters.
Donations are being sought from individuals or businesses for the silent auction.
Suggested items include gift certificates; time-share vacations; tickets to sporting events, concerts or the theater; sports memorabilia; new items such as golf clubs or electronics; jewelry; antiques; memberships to clubs or gyms; gift baskets, and automobiles.
Anyone with items to donate should call (352) 279-5985.
Patterson hopes to raise $2,000 at the event.
"We need to sell a minimum of 300 concert and 300 dinner tickets to have a successful event," he said. "That can help a lot of people."