While dozens of Christian bands converge on Wilmore from all over the nation for Ichthus each year, one band this June has a very short drive.
The Abe Parker Band is fronted by its namesake, a recent Asbury University grad who sings and plays guitar. Completing a core trio are bassist and fellow Asbury grad Tyler Young and drummer Robbie Goins or Nicholasville. Seventeen-year-old guitarist Sam Jones of Lexington also plays with the band, and Asbury student Amaris Blevins will sing with the guys for the first time at Ichthus.
The Abe Parker Band is scheduled to play on the Galleria Stage on Wednesday at 6 p.m. and on the same stage Saturday at noon.
Parker has played at Ichthus in Wilmore twice before with the band Rookie. His current band has come together within the past year as his musical taste evolved.
“I was playing with some other guys for a while, and I decided that instead of playing punk rock and classic rock, I wanted to play ‘girl songs,’” Parker, 22, said. “I knew Tyler from the Vineyard (Vineyard Community Church in Lexington), and we’d met some other places too. Tyler recommended Robbie, and we jammed together, and the first time, they were like, ‘Yeah, let’s do this; this sounds great.’ I was pumped; they sounded really good.”