David Crowder, on banjo, performing at Roanoke Island Festival Park.

Filled with a few thousands fans, Roanoke Island Festival Park welcomed David Crowder to the Outer Banks. Crowder, whose lyrics are unapologetically focused on religion and Christianity, brings a level of energy to the stage that very few performers of any genre can match.

He is one of the most popular performers around, and a lot of that is certainly due to the range of styles he uses when he’s performing. There’s a definite bluegrass element to his music, but don’t go to a Crowder concert expecting fiddles, mandolins and a stand-up bass. 

One of the drummers—there’s two of them—is laying down pure rock and blues beats. There’s a synthesizer to give some substance to the arrangements, and a bass guitar. The other drummer plays everything from a kerosene can (presumably empty) to a huge bass drum reading “Crowder Feed & Supply.”

The result is a remarkable blending of musical styles and a unique sound.

The opening group was Finding Favor. they were good . . . very, very good, but they weren’t able to match the range and diversity of Crowder. 

It was a great evening of music. Because of the message and type of music being played, generations of families were on hand. On a beautiful evening like we had tonight, it would be hard to imagine a better place to have an outdoor concert.