For baseball fans, nothing compares to catching a game in person on a summer Friday night—yet, add some cheap grub and a rock concert and you have the ideal way to kick start the weekend. If you happen to be in Adelanto, you can have all three, as Hawk Nelson will headline Faith Night ’08 before the High Desert Mavericks (Seattle Mariners’ minor league affiliate) take on the Visalia Oaks.
Leave it to a Canadian band to spark the American pastime!
Hawk Nelson made an impressive debut with the catchy punk-pop of 2004’s Letters to the President and portrayed The Who on short-lived NBC drama American Dreams. Later, “Everything You Ever Wanted” became one of the year’s most played tunes on Contemporary Christian Radio—just switch on the “Positive Alternative” station Air 1 and you’ll see what we mean. Hawk Nelson’s exuberant music has made the soundtrack to several TV shows (Laguna Beach, Smallville, Summerland), and the guys even snagged a cameo in the Dennis Quaid family flick, Yours, Mine & Ours.
Equally solid third disc Hawk Nelson is My Friend, featuring the latest hit “One Little Miracle,” often boasts a harder rock edge, gang chants (“Just Like Me,” “Let’s Dance”), beefier drums and guitar solos. This time, singer/guitarist Jason Dunn went outside his usual songwriting circle to include Richard Marx (!) and fellow Canuck Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace. Hawk Nelson’s chugging rock cover of Simple Minds’ “(Don’t You) Forget About Me” is currently heard in The Breakfast Club spoofing TV commercial for JC Penney (an EP is available exclusively through the retail chain).
Run Kid Run and former Audio Adrenaline vocalist Mark Stuart serve as show openers. VeggieTales characters will sign autographs and take pictures for the kiddies. Tickets include the general admission concert and a reserved seat to the game. This is the classic 3-1 count! (George A. Paul)
Hawk Nelson at Stater Bros. (formerly Mavericks) Stadium parking lot, 12000 Stadium Way, Adelanto, (760) 246-6287. Fri., Aug. 22, 5:15PM, $15