August 18, 2011

Local Christian Rock Group No Worries to Perform at Nehemiah Fest V

Even though the name of the band is "No Worries" the members confessed they'll likely be a little nervous when they take the stage September 17th at the Nehemiah Fest at Smithville Lake near Kansas City on September 17th.

"This is definitely going to be the biggest show we've played, so we will have to battle the nerves during that first song," said drummer Derrick Muntz. "That's usually the way it goes. But then the music takes over and then the initial jitters disappear."

The band will be able to call upon some new found experience, after having played in late July in front of a crowd of approximately 1,500 listeners at the National Youth Roundup in Colorado in late July.

No Worries was one of five bands picked to perform at the Christian youth rally.

"We sent in an audition video that led us to Colorado," said singer and guitarist Drew Miller. "We've been trying to get our music out there more, beyond the local scene, so this was really nice. It was kind of like the first time we'd really been noticed."

Miller noted that the group maintains a Facebook account under No Worries, which also has a link to their website where there are samples of their music available.

The group's popularity can't help but expand in September, when they will be one of 40 bands to be on stage at the three day Nehemiah Fest V. The Christian music festival features performers on four stages.

Not bad for a band of five musicians that trace their roots back to the local high school variety show.

"Drew and I have been playing together since seventh grade when we performed at the Little Paws annual show," said Muntz.

They got their start playing different covers for famous rock and country music. Over the years the bands members have changed, as has the music focus, with the one constant being Miller and Muntz, who are now seniors at Scotland County High School.

Mark Lee, the youth minister at the First Christian Church in Memphis signed on as a guitar player. As active members in the church as well as in local youth groups, the transition toward Christian rock was a natural one.

The group also has moved on from playing covers to performing mostly original music.

"I'd say now, probably nine out of every 10 songs we perform are ones the band has written," said Miller. "We'll still throw in one or two covers of current popular songs, but mostly we stick to music the band has put together."

That list has expanded over the three years the group has been working together, performing locally and at church events.

But the music list isn't the only thing that is growing. Tristen Thrailkill recently joined the ranks of No Worries as the new lead guitarist. Miller will continue to play rhythm guitar along with Lee, with bass guitar duties handled by Caleb Pryor of Kirksville. Thrailkill calls Queen City home.

Home may be different for all the band members this fall as the schedule continues to fill up with new venues.

"So far we've been pretty much all local, so going on the road is definitely going to be really fun," Muntz stated.

No Worries will be performing on Sunday, September 11th at the Corn Fest in Edina. They also have been invited to play at an all-acoustic venue in Kirksville next month before making the trip to Smithville.

"We're definitely looking to do more with our music," said Muntz. "Drew and I have been looking at some of the same colleges, so hopefully we can keep playing together in the years to come."

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