Photo by Diane Cox
Bryan and Staci Grieve, co-owners of Ironworks Coffee Lounge in Wood River, welcomed Nashville recording artist Bryan White on June 4 for a fundraising concert. More than 200 fans gathered for an outdoor acoustic show.
WOOD RIVER | Nashville recording artist Bryan White gave more than 200 fans an intimate, acoustic performance at Ironworks Christian Ministries’ coffee lounge on June 4.
White indulged fans for two hours with chart-topping hits such as “Rebecca Lynn,” “Wishing on Someone Else’s Star” and “I’m Not Supposed to Love You Anymore.” To much surprise, he welcomed his friend and 2001 Edwardsville High School graduate Stephanie Rabus on stage to perform his biggest hit, “From This Moment On.”
White’s new single, “Finally Home,” was released May 13.
“I’ve really enjoyed doing more acoustic shows lately,” he said. “A show like this gives me a chance to get more intimate and personal with people. You can take your time and share more of yourself. I want people to see all of me — the real me. The fans at Ironworks were very engaged and willing to communicate. That makes it more fun and relaxing.”
“This was our first opportunity to do a major fundraiser,” Ironworks co-owner Bryan Grieve said. “We are excited about the things that we will be able to do as a result from this event. We know tonight’s proceeds will allow us to put more back into the community. Some of our guests tonight didn’t belong to a church body; we were able to introduce them around and minister to them.”
The concert was the lounge’s first fundraiser.
“I really love the purpose behind Ironworks,” White said. “The coffee is really good and the people are amazing. They really went above and beyond to make a connection with the community and myself as a guest. Performing at a place such as Ironworks makes it more rewarding for me. I’m performing at a place that has a purpose and focuses on getting out there and doing something to make a community better.”
Carmen Concerts, through promoter Dave Thomas, organized the connection between Ironworks and White.
“I hadn’t met Bryan (White) before, but he was amazing,” Grieve said. “I couldn’t believe it at first, but people actually drove from Minnesota and Kansas to Ironworks just for this show. That’s an amazing fan base. He took time for every fan who stood in line to meet him. He signed autographs and posed for several photographs. He is a gentleman and a pleasure to host. Our community loved having him.”
For more information, visit bryanwhite.com or follow him on Twitter @bryan_white.