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  • Seventy Times Seven – music festival for all

  • When Pointe of Hope Church opened its doors at the old 84 Lumber site (1215 N. Missouri 7), it wanted to be a destination point for people in Blue Springs and the surrounding communities

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  • When Pointe of Hope Church opened its doors at the old 84 Lumber site (1215 N. Missouri 7), it wanted to be a destination point for people in Blue Springs and the surrounding communities.
    It takes a giant leap toward that goal from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday when Pointe of Hope hosts the first Seventy Times Seven music festival, which will feature a variety of secular music for a minimal price.
    And the best thing about the all-day event is that proceeds will benefit HOPE Dental, Mother’s Refuge and Coalition for Kids.
    The Scott Peery Band opens the event at noon, followed by Attic Wolves, 1:45 p.m.; She’s a Keeper, 3:30 p.m.; The Clementines, 5:15 p.m.; Bryant Carter Band, 7 p.m.; and We are Voices, 8:30 p.m.
    Plow Boys BBQ’s Todd Johns, nationally renowned barbecue expert and past Grand Champion of the American Royal Invitational and winner of the Blue Springs Barbeque Blaze-Off, will cater the event.
    Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Fans will be given wrist bands so they can come and go throughout the day for the one-price admission.
    “We came up with the name because Pointe of Hope is located at (Interstate) 70 and (Misssouri) 7,” said festival organizer Jamie Russell, who was busy organizing a group of volunteers for the festival. “One of our former members had talked about a community- and family-friendly music festival that would bring people into the church and also benefit a variety of charities.
    “We loved the idea, and now, we’re just hoping that people will come check it out. There is going to be a wide variety of music, from country and blues to rock and indie rock.”
    She paused for a moment, and added, “There might be more banjos on stage than guitars.”
    Ethan Volzke, Pointe of Hope’s youth pastor, said the event is creating a buzz among the young people at the church.
    “We want everyone to come and hear the bands,” Volzke said, “because we have this great venue. It’s perfect for something like this. It’s not going to be a church service, even though it’s at a church. It’s going to be a music festival with some great food.”
    There will be volunteers working the parking lot and serving as hosts for the event, which will take place in the converted sanctuary.
    “A lot of my friends are asking why there would be a festival for secular music,” Russell said. “This festival will allow us to show off our church. If someone likes what they see, and want to come back to attend a service, that is great. But Saturday is all about great music and food and being a destination point for our community.”
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