Winona Avenue free concert in Merrill
The indie Christian/alt/pop/rock band Winona Avenue will bring their inspiring music to the Smith Center at the Merrill Area Recreational Complex on Monday, July 31, 2023, at 7 p.m. with a free concert sponsored by St. Stephens United Church of Christ and Merrill Rotary Club
Winona Avenue introduced themselves in early 2019 as a mix of alternative rock and synth-pop. From Indianapolis, Ind., Winona Avenue is a two-piece band featuring brothers Daniel Deputy and David Deputy. Inspired by 2000’s pop punk and 2010’s pop rock, front man Daniel Deputy writes catchy melodies along with uplifting lyrics.
In 2021, Winona Avenue released their self-titled debut album on digital platforms. The album’s sound is characterized by electric guitars and synthesizers along with lyrics that revolve around themes of positivity, encouragement, and hope.
“I choose to write music that can encourage the listener,” Daniel said. “If I didn’t write lyrics that could make a positive difference in the listener’s life, then I’d feel as if I was doing a disservice to the listener. I believe in building others up instead of tearing others down, and music is a tool that can serve this purpose.”
Winona Avenue brings a Christian perspective on reconnection and healing for people of all generations. “They are more than simple praise music,” said Rev. Mike Southcombe, Pastor at St. Stephens. “They speak directly to the rejected, lonely, despairing person and offer inspiration and hope. Their video ‘December Night’ speaks to the loneliness in everyone and guides us to a celebration of belonging and family.”
Concerned with the rising prevalence of mental health issues among teens and young adults, Merrill Rotary Club sees bringing Winona Avenue to Merrill as a step toward furthering the conversation about the issue and a way to help.
“These two brothers from Indiana have come along at the perfect time and bring music our young people need and that my generation needs to listen to and identify with as well,” said Rob Moore, Rotary Club president.
The band will be available for questions and answers and to autograph merchandise after the concert for about 30 minutes. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The concert is free but baskets for a free-will offering will be at the door.
Preview the group’s music at www.winonaavenue.com.
No alcohol will be allowed on the premises.