Out & About – November 1, 2015

1: Jason Eaton, front man for newcomers 6th Day Made, flashes a peace sign while meeting Newsboys singer Michael Tait backstage at the Big Ticket Festival before both bands took the stage.

2: The 30th anniversary of Farm Aid attracted artists from all walks of life with legendary gospel singer Mavis Staples (of The Staple Singers/“I’ll Take You There” fame) sharing some good news alongside sets from Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Imagine Dragons and Jack Johnson (amongst many others—photo credit: Andy Argyrakis).

3: The grand finale of Farm Aid also featured plenty of praise as event co-founder Willie Nelson (now 82, but still going strong) and southern gospel group the Blackwood Quartet led fans and fellow artists alike through spirited renditions of “Family Bible” and “I Saw The Light.” (photo credit: Andy Argyrakis)

4: MercyMe gifts Fox News Headquarters with an early present, performing songs from its brand new album, MercyMe, It’s Christmas!, which marks the group’s second ever holiday offering.

5 and 6: Eclectic worship troupe Rend Collective showcases material off the recent release As Family We Go live on FOX & Friends (prior to joining Chris Tomlin on tour this fall).

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About The Author

Andy Argyrakis
Contributing Editor

Andy Argyrakis is a Chicago-based entertainment writer/photographer who appears in the Chicago Tribune, Illinois Entertainer, Daily Journal, Concert Livewire, Hear/Say Magazine and Image Chicago (to name a few). Additional photo credits include Fuse TV, Live Nation, Nikon, Pollstar, Celebrity Access, Paste Magazine, MTV.com and Vibe.com. He’s also the author/narrator of "Access Matthews" (an audio CD tracing the career of Dave Matthews Band) and spends considerable time on tour, including outings with Arlo Guthrie, The Guess Who, Madina Lake (on Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution) and Gospel Music Channel’s "Gospel Dream" (where he served as season one judge).