The band, LOST AND FOUND, with guitarist Michael Bridges and George Baum on piano, will appear in concert Monday, June 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the Augustana Chapel at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. LSTC's Youth in Mission Program for high school youth is sponsoring the public concert. Cost is $10 per person with discounts for families and youth groups. Call 773-256-0725 for group rates and reservations. Individual tickets will be sold at the door.
LOST AND FOUND concerts involve the audiences. Michael and George developed an interactive style as they introduced themselves to audiences throughout the United States and, in turn, made hundreds of friends on their first concert tour. On this tour, LOST AND FOUND traveled from New York to St. Louis, to Miami, to San Diego, to Seattle and back to New York on bicycle. During those 340 days, they sang more than 260 times at schools, camps, churches, and colleges. With no support vehicle and no particular training regimen, the year truly proved to be a journey of faith. Their concerts include stories of their lives and their travels along with their songs. The concerts are like having Michael and George over for conversation and music: it is more like a dialogue than a presentation. All are welcome and all are included.
LOST AND FOUND's music has been called the intersection of the Ramones and John Denver. This is, as you might imagine, a relatively deserted intersection. Some have labeled it "speedwood" or "acoustic thrash." Others, upon hearing the unique blend of folk and screaming, played without drums or stacks of keyboards, have just said, "I've never heard anything like that before." The music is organic and fun; the lyrics comment on life, faith, travel, friends and relationships. Some of their songs of faith have been tapped by publishers -- from Augsburg-Fortress to Concordia to Zondervan -- for use in teaching and aiding group discussion.
Michael and George grew up a few blocks from each other in Niagara Falls, New York. George lives in New York City, and Michael lives in Los Angeles, California. Playing music full time happened by accident. One concert simply led to another and people heard them and asked them to come back and sing again.
LOST AND FOUND records and releases their own CDs on their independent label, LIMB Records. Lots of people have said, "You really have to see these guys in concert to 'get it.'" For more information on LOST AND FOUND visit their website at: www.speedwood.com.
In 2003, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago inaugurated the Youth in Mission ministry to nurture the faith life of young people and to prepare them for ministry in the world. Through a generous grant of $1.67 million from the Lilly Endowment Inc., Youth in Mission developed two programs and created a Youth Center that is available for retreats and visits to Chicago.
One program offered by YIM is Serving Christ in the World. Approximately 30 youth who have completed their sophomore and junior year of high school by June of the current year spend two weeks at LSTC and one week at the Lutheran Center in Mexico City, Mexico. During this time the youth explore, discover, and enhance the ways in which they are called to serve Christ in the world.
The Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC) is dedicated to bearing witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Based in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, it is the leading urban Lutheran seminary training students for purposeful vocations in the global community. Aligned with its Lutheran heritage and built on a foundation of intellectual rigor, LSTC’s innovative, nationally recognized curriculum gives students skills for visionary Christian leadership in the public sphere.