LIMA — The fellowship hall at Lima’s Trinity United Methodist Church will be filled Saturday evening with the joyful sounds of… classic rock?
The Third Floor Band will bring familiar rock and roll songs to the church in a coffee house event starting at 7 p.m.
“More than anything else, we do classic rock and roll, such as the Beatles, Fleetwood Mac or the Rolling Stones,” said the Rev. David Harris, band member and lead pastor for Trinity. “But we pepper it with a lot of different sounds, like folk. A country song will occasionally make it into our repertoire. But classic rock and roll has been our mainstay.”
The band, comprised of Harris, Bill Clinger, Bob and Mary Fry and Toby Colbert, consider itself a Christian band, despite its secular set list.
“We find we can share God’s love through secular music,” Harris said. “Much of rock and roll is either about love or your need for love. It’s not preachy, but it’s sharing that message of love and our need to share it with others.”
That message has taken the band to several locations across northwest Ohio over the years.
“We’ve been together about 15 or 16 years,” Harris said. “We play in churches, on university campuses, coffee houses and outdoor fundraisers.”
While there is no cost to attend the show, donations will be accepted, benefiting the Ronald W. Richards Young Musicians’ Scholarship.
“Richards had deep ties to the church, and being musicians ourselves, this cause means a lot to us,” Harris said.