Decatur musicians play at local church

Baylen Altizer

While all other acts were bands comprised of students, Decatur sophomore Eden Biltoft played her own original songs alone.

Student bands Hot Pants, Scofflaw and Free After Three, as well as sophomore Eden Biltoft performed at 6:00 at All Saint’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, Jan. 30. The concert cost five dollars, or was free with a donation of new children’s socks or underwear for the Threads Children’s Clothing Ministry at the same church.

The concert was to benefit the Threads Children’s Clothing Ministry, but the concert poster also called viewers to action to support music and art programs in schools.

Sophomore Eden Biltoft said even though soundcheck was early, making the day feel long, she still had a lot of fun.

“Technically everything went well,” Biltoft said. “I wasn’t really nervous because I’ve performed a lot but it’s always a little weird being in front of people with a guitar because it’s really exposing yourself.”

The venue featured dim lighting and the church projected television shows via Netflix behind each of the artists.

“It was cool, [the church] projected whatever they wanted behind them. Scofflaw chose Bob’s Burgers,” Eilen said.

This show came just a week after Scofflaw came in second place at the Masquerade’s battle of the bands on Jan. 24. Guitarist Reid Koski said having as many shows as possible is a goal for the band.

“Shows are fun to play, we had a few new songs we wanted to try out, and also there were free doughnuts,” he said.

“We had to continue after battle of the bands,” lead singer Aiden Sisler said.
The setup of the church was not ideal, though, because of Scofflaws lively, raucous performance style.

“The venue was weird because they just had a bunch of chairs set up so everyone was sitting down,” Sisler said. “We wanted them dancing.”

According to Decatur junior and attendee of the concert Anna Eilen, Sisler performs with extreme passion and the crowd usually mirrors his energy by dancing.

Lead singer of Scofflaw Aiden Sisler is known for his passionate performances because he gets “possessed on stage,” junior Anna Eilen said.

“It was weird to see Aiden get possessed on stage without people up and dancing,” she said.

Chandler Higa, the guitarist for Free After Three was happy with the turnout and the concert as a whole.

“There were way more people than I thought would be there,” he said. “The sound was pretty good and everyone had a good time.”

Biltoft will perform again in at All Saint’s Episcopal in about a month.

“It turned out great, they even asked me to headline another show in March,” she said.


Photos courtesy of Thalia Garoufalidis