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Feedback Fest '09 set Saturday in TRF

Feedback Fest '09, set for Saturday in Thief River Falls, has a bigger goal than disseminating rock music with a Christian bent. It also will be a fundraiser for a food shelf that could use a little more food and a lot less empty shelf, one of th...

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Feedback Fest '09, set for Saturday in Thief River Falls, has a bigger goal than disseminating rock music with a Christian bent. It also will be a fundraiser for a food shelf that could use a little more food and a lot less empty shelf, one of the event organizers said.

"I kept hearing how the food shelf was having record highs of people needing food and donations and a record low of people giving donations," said Ben Kosharek, a member of the band Novice Nation of Thief River Falls.

Saturday's all-ages concert, beginning at 4 p.m., will feature seven hours of live bands, including Fades Away, Asher, Kaboose and Novice Nation, and lots of prize giveaways. Feedback Fest '09 will unfold in Epiphany Station, a church that is part the Minnesota Baptist conference, Kosharek said.

The church building, on Main Avenue North in Thief River Falls, used to be a gas station. And although the featured bands play a lot of Christian rock and concert proceeds are earmarked for a charity, Kosharek stopped short of calling this a Christian concert.

"We're trying to provide something positive," he said, "not necessarily a Christian music festival, just something going to a good cause. I'd say definitely that most of the bands that are playing are Christian bands but they are also all fantastic professional bands."

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The bands

Fades Away is a high-energy original rock band from Minneapolis. A news release about the band says its members came together because of their passion for music and the common ideal of helping others.

Since the release of its debut album "You'll Never Take Me Alive" in 2008, Fades Away has shared the stage with national acts such as Project 86, Spoken, Children 18:3 and Hands.

"Their intense live performance contains enough back flips to make you feel like you're at a gymnastics meet," a press release said.

The band includes David Erickson, Matt Mahlen, John Laing, Steve Daniels and Andrew Nerness, many of whom hail from the Roseau, Minn., area, Kosharek said.

The Minneapolis band Asher will appear at Feedback Fest '09 on the heels of a tour that included a stop at Sonshine Festival in Willmar, Minn., a Christian music event, plus appearances in Maplewood, Minn., and St. Paul, a news release said.

Asher frequently appears at Club 3 Degrees in Minneapolis. Its current single, "Sell Out," is available online as is its album "Hope Beyond These Walls."

Kaboose, who was born in Bemidji but grew up in San Jose, Calif., is on the Christian hip-hop charts with the debut album "Excuse Me" on Syntax Records, a news release said. Its singles include "Be First" and "Goin' Outta Control." Kaboose also will have performed at the Sonshine Festival before the Thief River Falls event.

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Novice Nation -- which includes Kosharek, Grant Asp, Jason Hicks and a recent addition, Michael Gilbert, all of Thief River Falls -- describes itself as a rock, alternative and Southern rock band. Its self-titled debut CD featuring 10 original songs was recorded and produced by Sideroom Studio in Thief River Falls.

Between gigs, the guys often play for the Sunday morning praise and worship team at Epiphany Station.

Kosharek also is a morning show host for "The Ben and Glen Show" on Pioneer 90.1 radio in Thief River Falls. In an early news release about Feedback Fest '09, Kosharek wrote what could be the theme for this event: "Let's rock out and help feed some neighbors."

Advance tickets are available via credit card for $12 at www.epiphany

station.com. They can be purchased at the door for $15. All proceeds will go to the Area Food Shelf of Thief River Falls, organizers said.

Reach Tobin at (701) 780-1134; (800) 477-6572, ext. 134; or send e-mail to ptobin@gfherald.com .

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