Mixtape 2016

Music for the heart, soul, and mind
September 4 – October 2, 2016

Each Sunday we’re laying down a different music mix to inspire, challenge, and encourage: soul, Americana, blues, jazz, and hip hop! Each week a different genre will infuse our worship music and help us tune into an engaging or challenging biblical message. This is a perfect opportunity to invite friends to check out Artisan!

Message line-up:

9/4
Criminal Injustice (feat. soul artist Danielle Ponder)
Danielle Ponder
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Our series kicks off with Danielle Ponder, one of Rochester’s most electrifying musicians and leader of the international touring band Danielle Ponder and the Tomorrow People. What you might not know is that Ms. Ponder is a public defender by day, and so we are blessed to hear from her insight into the injustices of our legal system AND her deep well of musical soul!

9/11
Blues as Lament (feat. blues rockers Violet Mary)
Violet Mary
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Lament is part of life, and for this Sunday, we turn to two monumental forms of lament, one Hebrew and one American. We will intersperse a moving set of blues music by Violet Mary with readings from the psalms of lament. And we will also hear stories from actual Artisans about the worst day of their lives. A powerful and moving Mixtape tradition! (Note: some content may not be appropriate for younger children.)

9/18
Storied Faith (feat. Americana band The Crooked North Duo)
The Crooked North Duo
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Few musical genres are better at telling our stories than Americana. We explore the theme of “story” with bluegrass and Americana artists The Crooked North Duo, and ponder the idea of the Bible as the story of God’s people.

9/25
Improvisational Faith (feat. jazz artist Greg Wachala)
Greg Wachala and Mel Henderson
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Accomplished jazz guitarists Greg Wachala and Mel Henderson join us to perform and demonstrate improvisation, one of the best metaphors for how to live a life of faith in Jesus.

10/2
Hip-Hop Faith (feat. rapper Brother E)
Brother E
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Mixtape 2016 concludes with an old school hip-hop artist and pastor from the Bronx, Efrain “Brother E” Alicea, who will perform and discuss how the roots of hip-hop affected his faith and calling.

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