Saturday, May 20, 2006


I live in a small city where there is very little original live music, certainly none above the radar; where the lone music magazine reviews cover bands; where touring acts can’t make money unless they can sell out the arena. Knowing this, Kirk Franklin came to Peoria. His new album, Hero, is a bold statement of faith, honesty in life’s trials, and solid, creative musicianship. It is a tight, soul-baring gospel record. Kirk and his band consciously decided to bring their tour into money-losing markets like Peoria BECAUSE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY. Not just about Christ, but also about the value of music and art in a community that needs inspiration.

The Civic Center arena “end stage” was half full at best and the sound quality was terrible everywhere. Why doesn’t Peoria have a venue appropriate to making a profit fostering lesser-known talent and a discerning audience?

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