About 75 people brought lawn chairs and snacks to see the Josh Pepper Band play at the Holly Springs Cultural Center on July 13.
The Garner, N.C., quartet played a mixture of original Christian songs and covers of songs like “Copperhead Road” and “Free Fallin’.”
The show was part of Holly Springs’ Summer of the Springs Concert Series, which is sponsored in part by Rex Health Care.
The band’s playlist featured songs like “I Raise My Hands” and “Turning Over.” It also played a song called “Is Anybody Listening?” which Pepper wrote in response to his reluctance to help an unidentified person “who needed a little help.” He asked the audience whether it could relate.
“I know that’s happened to me a thousand times,” Pepper said.
During the show, representatives of the Town of Holly Springs passed out fans to audience members to beat the evening mugginess.
“All those fans make it look like everyone’s cheering,” Pepper joked onstage.
Many children enjoyed dancing around the lawn during the show, and the band played a cover of “This Little Light of Mine” specifically for them.
“I think the target audience is sitting right up front for this next one,” Pepper said.
Another original song the band played was “Man We’ll Never Be,” which Pepper said was inspired by two important sources.
“My late grandfather and Jesus Christ taught me a lot about life,” he said.
Pepper also opened up about his son, who was diagnosed with a rare bone marrow disease at age 2. He said that he and his family moved from Garner to Minneapolis, Minn., for six months for a bone marrow transplant for his son, who is 4 now.
During that time, Pepper said, he was filled with emotions and wrote the song “Walk With Me” to vent. He played it for the audience.
“It’s been a long, long year/full of crazy dreams. Filled with bad news/Lost sight it seems,” a song lyric read.
The band will play its next show at the Garner Performing Arts Center on July 28.