The Den in Monett is hosting a month-long March Madness spring concert series for area youth.
This Saturday, March 13, Highland Fall, a rock band out of Columbia, will perform. The concert will be held at the Church of the Nazarene in Monett to accommodate a crowd of teenagers that could number in the hundreds.
"This is a creative way for us to reach the kids in one location," said JD Buckridge, director of The Den. "It's another way for us to hang out with them and love on them."
A third concert is planned for Friday, March 19 with the bands still to be announced. The series will end on Friday, March 26 when Stephanie Smith will perform. Confide, Inlow and Behold the Reckoning headlined the first concert held last Friday night.
According to Buckridge, all of the bands performing in the concert series are big name bands that normally would sell out concerts at $10 to $25 a ticket. But because these musicians have a desire to reach young people, they're willing to come perform for The Den at a ticket cost of $5 or less.
"These are people who believe in this generation," said Buckridge.
Since The Den began hosting periodic concerts at its downtown Monett location on Broadway, the numbers of kids coming to The Den throughout the week has increased.
Currently, The Den is averaging 50 to 60 kids on Tuesdays and Thursdays and up to 100 kids on Fridays and Saturdays.
"All types of kids come, which is fun," said Buckridge. "We've been blessed to build a network with all the churches in the area, and we welcome support from all of them, and all people in general."
The overriding purpose of The Den is to make a positive impact on the lives of area youth.
"We want to be sure kids are loved where they are," said Buckridge.
The upcoming concerts are open to all seventh through 12th graders in the area. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m.
The cost for the Highland Fall concert is $3 per person. Tickets can be purchased at The Den or at the door.
"We want to thank the Nazarene Church for offering up their space so we can hold these concerts," said Kelly Cloud, The Den board treasurer. "They have a great set up that can handle big crowds, and we're always happy to partner with others to reach youth."
The Den, located above Mocha Jo's on Broadway, is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 6 p.m. until midnight. For more information on The Den or the March Madness concert series, call 635-1108.