By Janice Eck
Photos by Janice Eck
(Victorville)– The San Bernardino County Fair held a variety of concerts with Kelly Pickler, Rock Tribute Bands, and ended the concert series with Great White. Christian Rock Band, Fireflight kicked off the series at the Coors Light Stage. People may initially be disinterested with Christian rock bands, automatically writing them off as too mellow or too worshipy, but that is definitely not the case with Fireflight, who took a 6-month break from touring and came back with a fierce vengeance.
The 2-hour concert was a good mix of songs both new and old, as Fireflight started the set with electronica driven “Keep Fighting” off their new album “Innova” then had the audience banging their heads to “Fire in My Eyes” off their 2010 album, “For Those Who Wait.” Fireflight fans took to the front of the stage to show their support by raising their fists, clapping, and singing along to songs like “Stand up,” “I am Stronger than You Think,” and “You Gave Me a Promise.” They also got the fans swaying from side to side with the single ballad of the concert, “Wrapped in Your Arms.” Although the distinction between the “Innova” songs and their earlier songs were clearly noted from being influenced by artists like Imagine Dragons, Ellie Goulding and newer Coldplay, they were able to incorporate their harder, edgy touch to the album to create something new, but still hold to their hard rock roots.
Fireflight is Dawn Michelle (vocalist), Wendy Drennen (bassist), Glenn Drennen (guitarist) and Adam McMillion (drummer). Robert Williams also joined the band on stage at fair. The band celebrated their 15th anniversary on May 5, 2015 with the release of “Innova,” a fan funded project. After enjoying success with a major label for 8 years, they took a leap of faith and ventured out on their own. Depending on their devoted following through a PledgeMusic campaign, Fireflight achieved 125% of their goal.
The speaker system was loud enough to get your heart pumping with the bass, voices were clear enough to hear and understand the lyrics through the microphones and a well maintained balance between treble and bass made the experience even more pleasurable. If you didn’t get a chance to stop by the fair for a concert this year, make sure you don’t miss out next year.
For more information on the San Bernardino County Fair, visit them online at www.sbcfair.com.