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1000 Generations are, from left to right, Steven Potaczek (piano and vocals), Alain Picard (bass), Amanda Potaczek (guitars and vocals), Lorin Lemme (drums).

Piano-pop band generating critical interest

1000 Generations to play fund-raiser at Knox March 24

Thursday, March 16, 2006

GALESBURG - Galesburg native Steven Potaczek is coming home to give a performance with his piano-pop band 1000 Generations during a benefit next week for a Knoxville man who has cancer.

The event will feature the official release of the band's second CD, "To Those Who Cry," along with free giveaways. The concert will be at 7 p.m. March 24 in Harbach Theatre on the Knox College campus. Admission is free.

A portion of CD sales will go to benefit local cancer survivor Jason Gray, the coach of Knoxville High School's junior varsity basketball team. Donations also will be accepted to help Gray's family cover expenses.

Potaczek, a 1998 graduate of Knoxville High School, is a worship leader in a church in Indianapolis. He founded 1000 Generations with his wife, Amanda, two years ago.

"We put together a group of people we really clicked with and we've been touring with the same group since then," Potaczek said in a phone interview Wednesday. In recent months, 1000 Generations has been touring nationally with acclaimed Christian musicians Jars of Clay and newcomer Sarah Kelly. 1000 Generations has performed five to six times a month all over the country in recent months, he said.

"It's a lot of fun, opening for larger bands," Potaczek said. "It gives you a little more exposure than headlining. We've done everything from five people in a coffeehouse to 5,000 in an auditorium."

Potaczek, who co-wrote the latest album's songs with Amanda, said 1000 Generations recently was nominated as one of the top 10 independent bands in America by publication "Christianity Today," and its debut CD "Prayers" has been acclaimed as "the best new worship album of the year" by "Worship Leader" magazine.

"To Those Who Cry" is being released this week by Simplistic, an independent label. Potaczek said the CD eventually will be sold at Brighter Life Bookshoppe Ltd., 1055 N. Henderson St., Galesburg. It is available now at www.generations and www.itunes.com for $12.

"Our music is considered piano pop with a lot of African rhythms," Potaczek said. "I'm a huge fan of world percussion and African singing, and our music reflects that."

Potaczek said Indianapolis painter Rebeckah Roudebush accompanies 1000 Generations and creates paintings onstage while the band performs.

1000 Generations performed last year at Knox College to an enthusiastic crowd, Potaczek said, and he's looking forward to returning.

"I'm very excited to be playing there and a little nervous, too," he said. "I think it will be really cool."


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