The Vespers to perform Friday, Mar. 1

Americana Christian folk band “The Vespers” will perform for vespers at Union College on Friday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church.

The Nashville-born group is uniquely made up of two sets of siblings, the Cryar sisters and Jones brothers, who joined forces three years ago after meeting through a mutual friend. After jamming together several times over a campfire and visiting each other’s local shows, the pairs fell in “musical love” and decided to team up.

Aged between 20 and 23, the young indie band released their second album, the Fourth Wall, in April of last year. Combining sounds from numerous vocal styles and instruments, including the ukulele, banjo and double base, the group has been praised for their authentic and lively sound.

“The Vespers are super enjoyable because they combine bluegrass and folk music with in-depth lyrics that are completely original,” said Jonathan Greenberg, 2011 Union nursing graduate. “I think it is also interesting to watch siblings perform together. I am usually very skeptical of female vocalists, but their harmonies are really tight and fun to listen to.”

Spirituality plays a large role in The Vespers craft, yet they do not ascribe to traditional religious-genre labeling. “We’re not a Christian band, but we’re a band of Christians,” said Callie Cryar in an interview with Michael Bialas of the Huffington Post. “And we’re all pretty seriously committed to that and it’s very important to us ... It’s certainly something that people find out about us after they meet us. It’s not like it takes a long time to realize that ’cause it’s just how important it is to all of us.”

“They’re not like anything we’ve ever brought to Union before,” said Kelly Vigil, vespers coordinator at Union College. “Its like an indie bluegrass sound, just really fun. They have some amazing harmonies and their voices just reach into your soul.”

“I'm excited to see them live since I had been looking for any nearby tour dates to no avail!” said Greenberg. “The Vespers are a ton of fun to listen to while also providing a meaningful message.”

The Vespers will perform in the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church on the campus of Union College. The church is located at the corner of 48th and Prescott and the event is free and open to the public.

To get a taste of their style, check out The Vespers on YouTube.

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