NORTHUMBERLAND — Six years ago Alex Koble sat along a dusty road strumming his guitar and singing inside the grounds for the Christian-music festival, Creation, in Mount Union. He wasn’t on the main stage or one of the performers; he was a patron and concert-goer enjoying another year of outdoor heat, camping and Christian music.
As he sang that June afternoon, someone commented, “one day Alex will be on the main stage.” He laughed and then said he felt as if he should remember the moment.
On June 29, he remembered that moment from 2007. Koble, of Northumberland, now 23, stood on the main stage and performed his music before thousands.
Koble is the one man band/group behind the name Allistair. As an employee with a Christian venue, Life Love Music, which sells T-shirts, his boss Scott “Bubba” Brown knows everyone there is to know in the Christian music business. And when a Creation performer cancelled last minute, Brown knew the musician to put on the stage.
It’s not easy, though, to get on that particular stage.
“I would say yeah, it is pretty rare to have that opportunity. Usually you have to win a major contest or something. Or God can just bless you out of the blue like that. ..”
Koble has been making his music — which he describes as “pop, dance, rock” — since his teen years and recently released his first EP. His job with Brown has helped him get in front of crowds to promote his career.
“In exchange for my services, Bubba is mentoring me and assisting me in meeting the right people to further my music career. He even schedules me for small gigs at some festivals along the way.”
This experience at the Agape Farm in Huntingdon County was no “small gig.” Thousands from across the east coast flock to the site for an experience often noted as similar to Woodstock for Christians.