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After Grace performance cut short

Photo by Scott Hamilton
After Grace performance in the calm before the storm.
By Scott Hamilton
After Grace, a contemporary Christian band from northern Arkansas, came expecting to play for the community of Licking on May 18. The free concert was sponsored by Boone Creek Baptist Church and was held at the Intercounty Electric Pavilion in the Licking City Park.
The evening started off at 5 p.m. with the sun shining and a few clouds in the sky. The audience was enjoying the free hotdogs, chips, cookies and drinks while the band played. Lead singer, Cody Clark shared the inspiration behind their music, and thanked everyone for coming out despite the threat of storms in the area.
After Grace performed one of the songs from their new album, “Walk on the Waves,” which makes the plea, “I know You are the voice that calms the raging sea, Jesus come and walk on the waves inside of me.” This is based off of Mark 4:39, “When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Silence! Be still!’ Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm.”
Photo by Scott Hamilton
The raging storm.

Clark had just finished telling a story between songs related to the last time they played in Licking, but was stopped short by tornado sirens when the wind began to pick up. At 5:30 p.m. strong winds began to blow across the park. Clark asked, “What are we doin’?” Before anyone could answer, all the CD’s blew off the CD table.

Photo by Scott Hamilton
Cody Clark shouting, “Be Safe!” over the strong winds and torrential rains that ended the concert.
The concert came to an abrupt stop with two words from Clark, “Be safe.” The tarps came out to cover the equipment and people made mad dashes through the downpour to their cars. The wind was blowing hard enough that you could not stay dry under the pavilion. Missouri weather can certainly cause an impact on outdoor events. 
Photo by Ange Hamilton
The band and church members attempt to load the equipment in the midst of the storm.


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