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Sunnyside church to host summer concert

Neighborhood Church at 385 E. Allen Road in Sunnyside will host five bands in a free concert this coming Friday, June 25.

The concert is being organized by Rey Mendez, worship leader at Neighborhood Church. Mendez said this is the church's fifth annual summer concert.

"I love going to concerts that happen around the area from Yakima to the Tri-Cities and Jesus Northwest (concert event)," Mendez said. "But the costs of concerts really add up fast, especially if you have a family. So why not bring concerts to Sunnyside? We have a huge variety of styles and talent here in the Lower Valley."

All five bands performing this Friday have roots in the Yakima Valley or the Tri-Cities.

The headlining band is David's House, which consists of Mendez, Neighborhood Church Pastor Bob North, Eric North, Adrian Rodriguez, Roy Mendez, Peter Anderson, Greg North, Marcus Anderson, Bianca Rodriguez, Erica Mendez and Regina Mendez. All of the band members are from the Sunnyside/Grandview area.

Also performing this Friday will be the Divine Calling Worship Band, a Latino praise and worship band from Wapato. The group's lead singer, Brian Salazar, recently released a CD with 12 original songs.

Friday's concert will also feature Christian rock and alternative music in the form of Entheos (God within us). The band is from the Tri-Cities and has been playing together for about a year, Mendez noted.

With band members hailing from Zillah, Sunnyside and Pasco, the band Made By Fire will also perform this Friday. The five-piece band takes its name from the Bible passage in Leviticus chapter one, which speaks about the aroma made by fire during the burning of offerings.

Made By Fire's band members are Sam Perez, Frank Lozano, Josiah Gust, Stephen Crespo and Robert Vela.

Biopsy Me rounds out this Friday's concert. The band consists of Sunnysiders Marcus Anderson, Peter Anderson, Greg North and Eric North. Mendez says the band's name is a reference to having God examine and remove those things that could be dangerous to a person's spiritual life.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for this Friday's free concert. Mendez said the concert will start at 7 p.m. and end at about 9:30 or 10 p.m.

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