​​8.6.18 NEWSBOYS UNITED TOUR BLOG (NUMERO 14)

These last few weeks have been a blast!


Our good mate and bass player, Roger Angove, had a great opportunity to go on a family vacation on an Alaskan cruise for a week. So of course, the band gave him our blessing and we brought in Phil’s 14 year old son, Eden Joel, to yet again grace the stage, but this time on bass!


Eden rocked the stage and of course was a joy to have on the road!!


The Newsboys United Tour took us to Paducah KY, Columbia MO, Rochester MN, and Bemidji MN. I’d have to say this run was one of my favorites, as the cities we played were just absolutely ideal for guys like us—guys who like coffee, thrifting, gear, vinyl, and nature. Oh man!


In Paducah, we spent the day at Allen’s Music which featured some great instruments and a whole room of used vinyl fresh for the picking! A big ole thanks to Allen’s for treating us well and give us great deals on gear and vinyl. See you again soon!


In Columbia, we played at the University of Missouri, which made for a great day of exploring the campus and the local coffee shops and thrift stores. The town and the show were simply good for our souls!!


Our next stop was Minnesota, where we played Rochester and Bemidji. Minnesota is always a favorite and pairing that with BEAUTIFUL humid-less weather made for a second helping of soul-filling goodness for the band. We rode bikes around Lake Bemidji, said hello to Paul Bunyan & Babe The Blue Ox, and breathed deeply!


Monday & Tuesday of this week were days off for the tour and rather than heading home, we spent the days off in Minneapolis, one of the bands’ favorite cities in America. We hung out with family,  perused the Mall Of America (where I actually worked for a few years in college. Oh man!), ate great food, and went to a Twins baseball game as well as a soccer game between Tottenham Hotspur & AC Milan. What a trip!!


This next week concludes our summer tour and while we’re sad to see the end of tour, we’re excited for some time off and a few festivals!


Thanks for reading!!

Cheers,

Ben Garrett

 

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​7.27.18 NEWSBOYS UNITED TOUR BLOG (NUMERO 13)

And we’re BACK!


After our “little” 18 day break from the Newsboys United Tour, we’re back in action and we’re firing all cylinders by the looks of it.


This weekend found the band on the South East coast in Wilmington NC, Aiken SC, Savannah GA, and Panama City FL!


The first night in Wilmington was such a great return to form. After a day of hanging out at the beach, our tanks were full and we felt ready to take the stage by storm. What a great night!!


Savannah, GA just happens to be one the band’s favorite cities in America, so to get to play back at the same venue we played in 2016 with MercyMe was a total blast. We spent the day exploring, drinking coffee from our favorite spot, “Coffee Fox,” and of course hanging by the river. The show in Savannah was perhaps the best show we’ve ever played - whether it was the city, the crowd, the Lord (its always the Lord, but hear me out), or just a great example of the band firing on all cylinders, the “mojo” was felt and we left Savannah on cloud 9.


Our last show found us coastal, yet again, in Panama City, where the venue was directly next to the Marina. The day was gloomy and windy, but we still found ourselves adventuring around the Marina looking at sailboats and talking about the open seas. We’re definitely all dreaming about having a boat one day!!


This week we’ve been on the road in Paducah, KY and tonight, we’re in Columbia, MO.


We’ll fill you in on what’s happening soon!


Cheers, for 

Ben Garrett

 

 

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Ben Garrett
7.20.18 NEWSBOYS UNITED TOUR BLOG (NUMERO 12)
 

Hey everybody!

   The last few weeks have been a busy one for the Zealand crew, as we flew directly from Houston, TX on July 1st to Indianapolis for Church of God’s International Youth Conference, where the band led worship for 5,000 kids from all over the states.

 While in Indiana, some awesome new friends brought Phil an amazing gift of a golden Fender Stratocaster. The guitar holds sentimental value as the original owner has since passed away and was being gifted to Phil to continue the guitar’s journey with Zealand. So sweet! 

From Indiana, we left for Biloxi, MS for a weekend leading worship for Beach Camp, which featured messages from our very own Phil & Heather Joel. Our weekend was spent leading worship, hanging with youth, and hanging on the beach. The conference was a nice change of pace from our usual Newsboys United schedule where we set up and tear down every day. It was a nice treat to be set up on stage for more than just a few hours and also play some Zealand tunes that we aren’t able to play the NBU tour. It felt right!!

Biloxi, MS took us directly to Waterloo, IA, where we drove 17 hours straight in a 15 passenger van from the gulf of Mexico straight to the heartland. The 15 passenger van is a far cry from the Prevost tour bus, but we embraced our humble vehicle and actually had an amazing trip filled with a variety of music and chatting. Sometimes the journey is just as fun as the destination!

In Iowa, we spent the week with our friends, TeenServe, which consisted of 100+ youth from all over the midwest coming to Waterloo to serve the community through painting, fixing homes, and bringing the simple truth of “loving your neighbor” to Waterloo.

As a band we spent the week leading worship each night for the gatherings’ time of teaching and worship. We’re thankful for getting to lead worship at 7 years of TeenServe!!

This week has the band back with the Newsboys United Tour playing in Wilmington NC, Aiken SC, Savannah GA, and Panama City FL.

We look forward to our last few weeks of the summer tour with Newsboys United!!

See you out there,
Ben Garrett

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Ben Garrett
​6.27.18 NEWSBOYS UNITED TOUR BLOG (NUMERO 11)
 

Hello again!

We are BACK after a 6 week break from the Newsboys United Tour! The band is feeling rested and ready for the summer tour and armed with a whole new set and some new merch as well! 

Our return with the NBU tour found the band in the Southeast, with shows in Macon GA, Birmingham AL, Valdosta GA, and Hattiesburg MS. All of the shows this past weekend were loads of fun, but Valdosta’s show particularly was a blast, as we played outdoors at Wild Adentures Theme Park, which of course found the band on roller coasters and floating around in a wave pool. 

A Zealand show + roller coasters = Best case scenario!

We are now in Becker, MN with our friends Teen Serve, a wonderful camp that we lead worship at each year that partakes in service projects for people in need around each new town.

From Minnesota, we quickly head back South on Thursday for shows in Jackson TN, Texarkana TX, Enid OK, and Midland TX. 

We’ll see you out there! 

BG

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Ben Garrett