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Rocking, rolling to a Christian beat

Extreme Tour brings music, skateboarding to Kingman

KINGMAN - Things in Kingman are set to get extreme this week when the Extreme Tour, a Christian-themed music and skateboard touring group, comes to Firefighters Park.

The tour, which includes seven bands and a professional skateboarder, will host a free concert and skateboarding contest from 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday in the park at 2201 Detroit Ave. According to tour director Scott Lack, who also heads the family band "The Lacks," the tour is meant both as a fun family event as well as a way of reaching out to "at-risk youth" with the gospel.

"We call ourselves a group of musicianaries - we do free events all over the country to visit the at-risk youth," Lack said. "We like to do events in public areas, public parks, and our goal is just to bring a message of hope to the community. We've been in full-time ministry working at churches for 15 years and now we've branched off into this new missionary that's just mind-blowing, it's wonderful."

The bands cover a variety of musical genres, from pop rock to hip hop to folk and acoustic. While the tour is meant to appeal primarily to youth, Lack said it's not usual to see plenty of adults come out for the music, too.

"Really, I hate to say it, but it's for all ages," Lack said. "We do have the older folks who like the way back stuff and the younger folks like the more aggressive rock and hip hop stuff."

The tour will also feature a skateboard competition hosted by professional boarder Nelson Ortez. Lack said Ortez will be performing demonstrations of some of his own tricks prior to the contest itself, which Lack said will an elimination competition somewhat similar to "horse" basketball.

"It's called a Game of Skate. The contestants will do tricks and each skater behind them has to do the same trick and make it," Lack said. "The winner, we take their information and they get in the running for a sponsorship traveling with the Extreme Tour the next year."

Founded 16 years ago, the Extreme Tour has been traveling across the country ever since, though Lack said he only inherited the mantle of tour leader two years ago. This latest iteration of the tour has been touring since April, setting out from Nashville to the east coast, then working its way back west. This year marks the tour's first stop in Kingman, much to the joy of Tim Jones, a youth pastor at First Assembly of God Church who has been working to get the tour out here.

"This is something that's never come to Kingman before," Jones said. "We wanted to reach a bunch of students and show them a better way to live life."

Jones said that members of the Extreme Tour will kick off the tour with a special youth service for First Assembly at 7 p.m. Wednesday, where members will play worship music as well as some of their own stuff, share stories of being on the road, and generally just have a good time.

"We're actually going to do the service, and it's almost like a preview," Lack said.

For more information about the Extreme Tour, call Jones at 753-3529 or visit the tour's Web site at www.theextremetour.com.