Free outdoor concert slated for Thursday
By Traci Chapman
Music will come to Mustang United Methodist Church Thursday in a free community-wide summer concert.
That concert will feature Stars Go Dim and special guest JJ Weeks and was conceived as a way to pull the community together as COVID-19 continues to cause worries and issues for Mustang and beyond, Reverend Aaron Tiger said.
“We are so excited to host this event for the people of Mustang,” Tiger said. “We believe that a positive, uplifting event done outside is just what our community needs.”
The concert was a natural for Tiger, a longtime friend of Stars Go Dim’s Chris Cleveland, he said. The pair became friends at Owasso High School as members of the basketball team and the pastor was thrilled when Cleveland reached out to him looking for outdoor summer concert venues, Tiger said.
“The church was looking for ways to offer hope to the community in a safe way especially outside – it just seemed like a perfect fit for us,” he said. “We have this large outdoor space to host groups, and we have one of the best Christian singers, who I’ve known for 20 years, who wants to do a free concert for our community, so it was an easy yes.”
Weeks is a Christian musician from Macon, Georgia, who started a band in 2001; Cleveland’s Stars Go Dim originated in Tulsa in 2007.
Stars Go Dim has been primarily touring Oklahoma with its Hometown Summer Series – joined by Weeks – and appearing for concerts in Pauls Valley, Tulsa and Owasso, among others. Cleveland said he formulated the tour to bring a sense of community and faith to people discouraged by the coronavirus pandemic, isolation and other related issues and challenges.
“This year has been tough on all of us and this is my gift to you as we begin to worship together in person,” he said.
The concert will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday outside; there will also be food trucks on hand, Tiger said.
Mustang UMC is located at 201 W. state Highway 152. More information is available by calling the church at 405-376-3139.