The Collection will perform a free concert at Kibo Midnight Oil (MO) Monday, April 23 as part of their Beautiful Life tour.
According to MO manager Jared Davenport, MO traditionally brings smaller artists and as a result, the turnout lacks in number. However, Davenport says The Collective’s popularity among students will increase the typical attendance numbers.
The band started their tour in Asheville, North Carolina, at the beginning of April. They will end their journey May 5 in Carrboro, North Carolina, after performing 18 shows.
“They’re a blast to see live,” Davenport said. “They’re going to be very interactive with the crowd. They’ve got horns and strings and, in some of their videos, they have accordions. They all look like they’re having a blast.”
Although most of the members in the band play and perform with multiple instruments, Davenport said the band has a solo singer/songwriter feel but a full band sound. The band was originally David Wimbish’s solo project that grew into the full band that now consists of six members.
“They have great underlying spiritual message. It’s not explicit, so it’s very accessible to all crowds. It’s not your typical worship band,” Davenport said.
The Collection comes from a Christian background and discusses themes of questioning morality and spirituality in their songs.
“The Collection is probably one of my favorite bands because they’re a band that puts a lot of effort into making everything work,” senior Jackson Russell said. “Their albums have cohesive themes instead of just a bunch of songs thrown together.”
The Collection’s newest album, “Listen to the River,” was released in March and is available on iTunes and Spotify.
“They’re about community, vulnerability and raw music,” senior Noah Sandlin said. “(Lead singer) David Wimbish’s voice is really raw and I think that’s really what sets them apart. It sounds like family playing music.”
“Their songs stem from an awareness of their state’s folk roots and an appreciation of orchestral and world music,” the band’s website said.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. For more information about this event or their tour, visit The Collection’s Facebook page and their website at www.thecollectionband.com.