COLLEGE PLACE -- Members of the Boise-based music group Esterlyn are not ashamed of who they are. Their promotional poster, which has been peppered throughout the Walla Walla Valley during the couple of weeks, proudly proclaims at the top of the page that they are a Christian band with "Rejoice in the Lord Tour" as the name of their 20-city North American tour.
The first leg of their journey is currently goes north through California with concerts in San Jose and Redding. However, Esterlyn prefers not to refer to each performance as a concert, but rather as a "night of worship," the fifth of which will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Village Church Youth Center, 36 S.W. Eighth St.
Esterlyn, which in the past has toured with groups like Kutless and Fireflight, will be joined by Brandon Bee, The Ember Days, Jaicallahan and Walla Walla Valley Academy band The Storybook Maneuver.
Tickets for the concert are $10 at the door or $5 for any youth group members who attend with ID. Tickets are available at ABC Books in College Place and Christian Supply in Walla Walla.
According to Esterlyn's Web site, the tour will bring a group of artists together who all have in common a passion for worshipping God and initiating an "intimate worship environment where they can have a genuine connection with the Creator."
For those in attendance who aren't familiar with the music of these groups, there will be several well-known worship songs, and some originals from each of the groups.
The performance will also be the debut of Esterlyn's new material from its soon-to-be-released album, possibly arriving as soon as July.
If Esterlyn's past work is anything to go by, then its upcoming album, which reportedly is being released on a major label, is likely to be quite a success.
The acoustic worship EP -- "Mending the Meaning," which can be heard on the Esterlyn Web site -- gained enough digital downloads on iTunes to move into the online store's top 10 Christian albums, catapulted by worship songs like "How Great is Your Love," "Sweet Love" and "Free the Light," which features poetic and spiritually inclusive lyrics like, "This life has a purpose/ his life could be more/Won't you free the light?"
The group, led by frontman Luke Caldwell, describes itsstyle as bringing "a fresh artistic sound to modern worship."
Esterlyn's music alternates between traditional rhythm guitar tracks that serve as the staple of the Christian music industry to more unusual songs that feature chimes, banjos, catchy piano hooks and haunting harmonization that at times sounds almost like Coldplay.
Esterlyn's independent album, "Lamps," released back in 2008, features the single "We All Need," and contains a few more rock and even punk tracks that may draw an energetic, youthful crowd to the Village Church Youth Center Wednesday.
However, the album still draws on the band's soulful side, with some songs a little more musically and spiritually, pensive.
Esterlyn consistently showcases genre transitions and thoughtful lyrics, but is quick to shun any praise or claim responsibility for its musical gifts.
"Our desire is to worship the King," the Web site notes.
"There is no one like Him and He deserves all our praise and adoration!"