Editor’s note: Since this story was first published, the concert has been moved from Waco Hall to the Barfield Drawing Room on the second floor of the Bill Daniel Student Center. It will still begin at 9 p.m. Friday and ticket prices remain the same.
Nearly two months after launching a national tour for its new album “Evening : Morning,” Waco’s the Digital Age returns home Friday night for a concert at one of the city’s largest venues, Waco Hall.
The Waco Hall show puts the four-man band in the midst of university students, the core audience for the Digital Age and the David Crowder*Band from which it came, and also gives two Baylor University student bands the chance to open for them.
Replacing the Florida-based Christian pop-rock band Bellarive, which toured with the Digital Age as its opening act, are Luke Hicks and Manifest Music Company, both signed to Baylor’s student-run label Uproar Records.
Friday’s show brings the players of the Digital Age — guitarists Mark Waldrop and Jack Parker, bassist Mike Dodson and drummer/electronics wizard Jeremy “B-Wack” Bush — to the Waco Hall stage for their first concert appearance there since the David Crowder*Band played as part of its 2010 Fantastical Church Music Conference.
They arrive on a wave of support for their album, the 12-song “Evening : Morning.” It’s Digital Age’s first full album since the band formed in early 2012 after the David Crowder*Band called it quits after 18 years.
“Evening : Morning,” based on a cycle of hours from dusk to sunrise, reached the No. 3 position on Billboard’s Christian albums charts shortly after its August release and is presently in the Top 30 Christian albums.
Opening for the Digital Age has excited both Uproar artists. For Luke Hicks, it’s a chance to show off his new, five-person band after starting as a solo acoustic act. Hicks said band members not only deepen the sound and arrangements of his writing, with keyboards, bass, drums, guitar and other instruments, but share his musical sensibility.
The band recently finished recording its first single, “Don’t Run,” which may be released on iTunes next month, and fans at Friday’s show can expect it and other songs from Luke Hicks’ upcoming EP, set for recording this spring.
The Manifest Music Company also will showcase its alt-progressive-pop blend, a function of the band’s diverse musical roots.
Band leader and guitarist Zac Flowers and drummer Erik Williams have graduated from Baylor University, but are working in the area so the band can continue to play while other members are still in school.
“We plan to go through at least May 2015, when we’ll have to answer the question, ‘How much longer can we do this sort of thing?’ ” he said.
The band also has a newly recorded single to promote, the infectious “Dance,” and Flowers hopes its set communicates the band’s musical range. “I think our music does a good job of combining our eclectic tastes. People will hear something they haven’t heard before.”