As you may or may not know, I am part of something known as Habañero Collective. Habañero Collective is dedicated to beautifying the everyday of suburbia. In Jeremiah 29, God tells His people living in exile in Babylon to seek the betterment of their captors. He tells them to plant gardens, to marry and to seek the welfare of the city in which they find themselves.
As I wrote for Gospel Centered Discipleship a while back:
“God tells His people to seek the welfare of the city of their captivity. For me, that is suburbia. Not cool suburbia where gentrification has transformed the past-its-prime strip mall into vintage clothing stores and hip coffee shops. We have Chili’s and Target and if it’s crowded, don’t worry because there’s another one just a couple of miles down the road. Our color palette is various shades of beige and the term “cookie cutter” adequately describes our home architecture. One day, when we moved back to Phoenix in 2008 to plant our church, we visited some friends in a neighboring subdivision. Turning into their neighborhood, one of my boys said: “We’re home!”
I live in Suburbia and I love music, especially live music. Suburban exile means that live music has been stripped from the fabric of our culture with the exception of the occasional lip-sync act at the mall food court. It’s as if the Taliban came in silencing the music, but the special forces are outside the camp trying to drive us out by pumping in “lowest-common-denominator, auto-tuned, mid-era power pop” until we snap. I have to drive close to an hour for quality live music venues.”
So, some time back, we started hosting concerts in our homes. This has been a great experience and I’m privileged to be able to say that we have actually hosted some of my favorite live musical moments ever.
We are humbled to welcome, from Dallas, TX Air Review, for a house show this Friday night, June 21, 7:00pm at the Thomas Listening Room (see here for for details and to RSVP). Paste calls the bands recent album “Low Wishes,” “A beautiful and well-crafted collection of songs.”
Check out the band’s video for their track “America’s Son:”