In the midst of their fall tour, the Wood Brothers played a homecoming show to a sold-out crowd on Friday night in Boulder. The evening began with a rollicking set from Amy Helm, daughter of the late drummer of The Band, Levon Helm. Amy’s set featured a handful of heavy, blues-rock tinged tunes, as well as a number of tributes to her father including “The Stones I Throw” and the beautiful hymn “Just Over in the Glory Land.”Following Helm, The Wood Brothers took the stage shortly before 10 pm, leading with their moving, timeless classic, “Postcards from Hell” off of the 2008 album Loaded. The song worked perfectly in the opening slot, setting the tone for the evening before the band dropped into “Tried and Tempted” from 2006’s Ways Not to Lose. Guitarist and lead vocalist Oliver Wood led the intro with younger brother and bassist Chris Wood holding down the low end before the band broke into the first verse. The song built to a slow fury, eventually morphing into the funky, gritty “Sky High” off of the band’s recent release, One Drop of Truth.The group played “Keep Me Around,” another fan-favorite from 2013’s The Muse, before Oliver took a brief moment to announce that the band’s latest album had just been nominated for a Grammy for “Best Americana” album, alongside notables such as John Prine and Brandi Carlile. The group kept chugging along, showcasing a pair of songs from the new album, “River Takes the Town” and “Sparkling Wine.” The lyrics and particularly the refrain of the former (“it’ll never be the same, it’ll never be the same”) ring especially true in today’s social, ecological, and political climate, a fact that was clearly not lost on Chris and Oliver as they introduced the song.Next came a barn-burning take on “Who the Devil” off of The Muse, before eventually digging deeper into the catalog for “Pray Enough” and “One More Day” with the vocal intro to the latter echoing Oliver’s slide guitar work on “Sky High.” As multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix led the group out of the song and into a percussive jam, Chris Wood took to the drum risers with some of his now-signature dance moves. A slow, crawling reprise of the song in what felt like eighth-time gave way to a short speech from Chris about their beginnings in Boulder, and the incredible musician that is their father, Bill Wood.Bill was an early component in the Cambridge, Massachusetts folk scene, playing with the likes of Joan Baez among others. Welcoming out their dad for the first time ever, Oliver and Chris huddled around an old-fashioned single mic, somehow managed to reduce the crowd to near silence, and performed a nostalgic take on The Dillard’s bluegrass standard “The Old Home Place.”More guests took the stage for the next number as the brothers were joined by Amy Helm and a couple of her band members for a seasonally-appropriate take on The Band’s “Christmas Must Be Tonight” from their 1977 album Islands. The group then returned to the early part of their catalog once again, playing “Loaded” and a fast “Atlas” before a true-to-form take on “Wastin’ My Mind.” Practically taking the form of a power trio and seemingly summoning the spirit of Led Zeppelin, Chris, Oliver and Jano tore through “Shoo Fly Pie” in swampy blues fashion and carried the deep groove into an especially heavy version of “Luckiest Man.”More blues followed with a cover of “Big Boss Man” and then “Snake Eyes” from the 2015 album Paradise, featuring Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi. Once again and to the pleasure of all in attendance, the band played a well-known song with a newfound, thick, heavy, wall of sound: partially reminiscent of some of their recent work, but perhaps also indicating where they’re heading.After a well-deserved bow, the brothers returned to the stage for a two-song encore of beautifully paired songs. They began with a slow, blissful “What Would I Do Without You,” bringing things down a bit before ending the show with a fiery take on “Honey Jar” to end the evening.In their hometown show, the Wood Brothers brought out close friends and family, managing to floor a notoriously-picky local crowd with a thick, powerful new sound. The Wood Brothers winter tour kicks off on January 15th in Winston-Salem, NC. For a complete list of tour dates, visit the band’s website.Setlist: The Wood Brothers | Boulder Theatre | Boulder, CO | 12/7/18Set I: Postcards from Hell, Tried and Tempted, Sky High, Keep Me Around, River Takes the Town, Sparkling Wine, Who the Devil, Unknown Song, Pray Enough, One More Day, Old Home Place*, Christmas Must Be Tonight# , Loaded, Atlas, Wastin’ My Mind, Shoo Fly Pie, Luckiest Man, Big Boss Man, Snake EyesE: What Would I Do Without You, Honey Jar* with Chris and Oliver’s dad, Bill Wood# with Amy Helm and her band Photo: C.B. Klein Load remaining images
affirm the biblical mandate that all persons, including LGBT persons, are created in the image of God and deserve dignity and respect; Christianity Today 26 June 2015As evangelical Christians, we dissent from the court’s ruling that redefines marriage. The state did not create the family, and should not try to recreate the family in its own image. We will not capitulate on marriage because biblical authority requires that we cannot. The outcome of the Supreme Court’s ruling to redefine marriage represents what seems like the result of a half-century of witnessing marriage’s decline through divorce, cohabitation, and a worldview of almost limitless sexual freedom. The Supreme Court’s actions pose incalculable risks to an already volatile social fabric by alienating those whose beliefs about marriage are motivated by deep biblical convictions and concern for the common good.The Bible clearly teaches the enduring truth that marriage consists of one man and one woman. From Genesis to Revelation, the authority of Scripture witnesses to the nature of biblical marriage as uniquely bound to the complementarity of man and woman. This truth is not negotiable. The Lord Jesus himself said that marriage is from the beginning (Matt. 19:4-6), so no human institution has the authority to redefine marriage any more than a human institution has the authority to redefine the gospel, which marriage mysteriously reflects (Eph. 5:32). The Supreme Court’s ruling to redefine marriage demonstrates mistaken judgment by disregarding what history and countless civilizations have passed on to us, but it also represents an aftermath that evangelicals themselves, sadly, are not guiltless in contributing to. Too often, professing evangelicals have failed to model the ideals we so dearly cherish and believe are central to gospel proclamation.Evangelical churches must be faithful to the biblical witness on marriage regardless of the cultural shift. Evangelical churches in America now find themselves in a new moral landscape that calls us to minister in a context growing more hostile to a biblical sexual ethic. This is not new in the history of the church. From its earliest beginnings, whether on the margins of society or in a place of influence, the church is defined by the gospel. We insist that the gospel brings good news to all people, regardless of whether the culture considers the news good or not.The gospel must inform our approach to public witness. As evangelicals animated by the good news that God offers reconciliation through the life, death, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus, we commit to:Respect and pray for our governing authorities even as we work through the democratic process to rebuild a culture of marriage (Rom. 13:1-7); live respectfully and civilly alongside those who may disagree with us for the sake of the common good; teach the truth about biblical marriage in a way that brings healing to a sexually broken culture; love our neighbors regardless of whatever disagreements arise as a result of conflicting beliefs about marriage; cultivate a common culture of religious liberty that allows the freedom to live and believe differently to prosper.The redefinition of marriage should not entail the erosion of religious liberty. In the coming years, evangelical institutions could be pressed to sacrifice their sacred beliefs about marriage and sexuality in order to accommodate whatever demands the culture and law require. We do not have the option to meet those demands without violating our consciences and surrendering the gospel. We will not allow the government to coerce or infringe upon the rights of institutions to live by the sacred belief that only men and women can enter into marriage.The gospel of Jesus Christ determines the shape and tone of our ministry. Christian theology considers its teachings about marriage both timeless and unchanging, and therefore we must stand firm in this belief. Outrage and panic are not the responses of those confident in the promises of a reigning Christ Jesus. While we believe the Supreme Court has erred in its ruling, we pledge to stand steadfastly, faithfully witnessing to the biblical teaching that marriage is the chief cornerstone of society, designed to unite men, women, and children. We promise to proclaim and live this truth at all costs, with convictions that are communicated with kindness and love.http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2015/june-web-only/here-we-stand-evangelical-declaration-on-marriage.html?utm_source=a_ct_special_mailing&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_term=16954298&utm_content=364616388&utm_campaign=2013
Even though he 7th Grade Lady Cardinals fell to the Greendale Lady Tigers in the first round of the SEI tournament. 25-23, 25-17, “The girls played their best game of the season. They played as a team,” commented Coach Meer. The Cardinals came out strong in the first set fighting back and forth for each point until the Tigers dominated the final 4 points of the set. The start of the second set was close until the Tiger served 7 points straight. Mary Hunter and Kate Weber led the Cardinals with 6 points each with Hope Kroen close behind with 5 points and Isabelle Wonnell and Catherine Streator with 1 point each. Allie Savage and Maggie Beiser passed soundly for the match to keep the sets alive.The 8th Grade Lady Cardinals fell to the Greendale Lady Tigers in the first round of the SEI Tournament. 25-20, 25-1. The Cardinals worked together in the first set to keep it close until the Tigers 6 straight points to end the set. The Cardinals had some excellent passes by Audrey Beiser to help setup the offense for attacks from Elizabeth Gigrich, Chelsea Robertson and Regina Gerstbauer who had the only kill of the night. The second set was a difficult for the Cardinals to get anything started. Gerstbauer served up 5 points, Robertson 4 points, Lilly Wonnell 2 points and Ellie Cornnet, Ava Allen and Gigrich 1 point each.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jennifer Meer.