Christian rock group to host benefit concert on Sunday



1 Fifty band members (left to right): Dennis Robertson (guitar), Preston Swiggert (guitar and vocals), Joe Williams (bass), Autumn Cichowski (lead vocals), Bruce Arthurs (drums and vocals) and Nikki Hawley (keyboard and vocals). Photo provided

1 Fifty band members (left to right): Dennis Robertson (guitar), Preston Swiggert (guitar and vocals), Joe Williams (bass), Autumn Cichowski (lead vocals), Bruce Arthurs (drums and vocals) and Nikki Hawley (keyboard and vocals). Photo provided

FLUSHING — Local Christian band 1 Fifty will be rocking out Riverview Park this weekend to raise funds for homeless families across the county.

1 Fifty, based out of Flushing United Methodist Church (FUMC), will put on its 7th Annual Family Promise benefit concert on Sunday from the Riverview Park Bandshell in downtown Flushing. The free concert will start at 6 p.m., and donations will be encouraged to Family Promise of Genesee County.

Family Promise of Genesee County, founded in 2014, helps transition families from a temporary housing crisis into a sustainable living situation. The nonprofit organization works primarily with a network of host churches to host guest families for one week at a time, providing shelter, support and food for families during their crisis.

Joe Williams, 1 Fifty’s bass player and band leader, said that the annual benefit concert always helps to draw awareness to Family Promise’s essential programs.

“A lot of people don’t even realize that there’s something in Genesee County that offers services for homeless families,” he said. “Not only do they help get people back on their feet, but they also partner with services to prevent people from losing their homes and becoming homeless.”

1 Fifty’s 2020 benefit concert was the group’s most successful to date, raising around $2,500 and receiving matching funds from a local charity to bring the total to almost $5,000.

Despite some disruptions to their usual venue schedule because of COVID-19, Williams said that 1 Fifty has been staying sharp throughout the summer by performing regularly at FUMC’s Worship on the Riverfront sessions, which were held at Riverview Park on Sunday evenings.

True to its repertoire, 1 Fifty will present a line-up of Christian contemporary and Christian rock covers from the likes of Skillet, Kutless, Chris Tomlin and the Newsboys, along with original songs.

To learn more about Family Promise of Genesee County, visit familypromiseofgc.org.