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Lightswitch performs Aug. 2

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WORTHINGTON — As August approaches, don’t get left in the dark — hit the Lightswitch concert at Worthington’s historic Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center (MAPAC).

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Getting this Christian rock band to perform at MAPAC next weekend is all about reaching out to a new demographic, according to facility manager Tammy Makram.

“This is an all-ages show, but I think it will really appeal to teenagers, young adults and young families,” said Makram.

Makram, who has been on the job at MAPAC since January, felt the pull to schedule something targeted specifically at an under-30 audience right away.

“The Worthington High School production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ was the first event I supervised here, and when all those kids packed up and left the auditorium in early February, I got to thinking that we probably wouldn’t see most of them back here until the next musical,” mused Makram.

“I was trying to think of ways to get them in here sooner, and when I learned that Lightswitch would be touring our area in August, it seemed like a great opportunity.”

The four brothers (Abraham, Gabe, Moises and Sam Romo) who comprise the band are, like a good percentage of Worthington’s youthful population, bilingual, speaking both English and Spanish — another reason they seemed a good fit for this community.

“That, and they put on an amazing show, complete with full lighting and sound features,” said Makram. “They talk about their mission to spread the word of God, but they really rock.”

According to the group’s website, Lightswitch’s first CD was released in 2007, and they’ve produced at least two more since then.

“We enjoy bringing hope through our music and encouraging the younger generations in their walk with God,” the musical brothers note on their home page.

After their stop in Worthington, Lightswitch has several tour dates set at various spots in Wisconsin, Illinois and Missouri, among other places. They have previously performed at the LifeLight Festival in Sioux Falls, S.D., and are said to be “one of the most successful Christian Indie bands in the U.S.,” Makram observed.

“They’re a neat group of brothers who are using their music to inspire people,” Makram said. “We’re hoping people will share information about this concert via social media, as well as word of mouth, and then plan to come and have a great time.”

The Christian band Lightswitch performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center, 714 13th St., Worthington. All seats are general admission; advance tickets may be purchased at the box office from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays, or at the door one hour prior to show time. Reduced rate tickets are available for children age10 and under, and there is a family cap ticket also available. For ticket or show information, call 376-9101 or visit www.friendsoftheauditorium.com.

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