We are a Christian Rock band based in Allentown, PA and we would like to partner with you for a live concert event! We are four worship leaders/musicians from four unique churches. We play original songs though we are open to leading familiar worship songs as a part of our set. Our desire is to work alongside your organization to create an event where lives will be changed by the power of the gospel. We have had many opportunities to perform including Kingdom Bound in upstate NY where we shared the stage with some of the biggest names in Christian music. The bottom line is that God has entrusted you with a particular vision and we want to minister with you in making that vision a reality.
Incredibly talented band with original songs that touch the heart as well as the soul.
Walt transitioned into two songs about woman, the first being “Grey Sky Alibi,” a song about an angry woman and then “Love for the Last Time, a song written about his wife and a song that celebrates the joy that comes from a love that stands the test of time. Walt concluded the evening with a song about the church titled “We Are One,” a song of worship and unity amongst believers and encouraged all who were in attendance to sing along with him the chorus.
When Walt was finished, he was greeted with a thunderous applause from the audience. Though at first he was bummed to have to play solo, I loved hearing the songs stripped down to their simplicity with just a guitar and his voice. I was blown away by the beauty of his voice and the way he carried himself onstage. He worshiped and praised God with all his heart, soul and mind and all who were in attendance were blessed by the message he shared. If you have a chance to see Against the Slate live, I would highly recommend you doing so. I promise you that you will not only be entertained, but spiritually fed as well.
On Friday September 19, 2014, I was blessed to have Walt Kondratowski, lead singer and founder of Against the Slate, join us for our monthly outreach concert called the Resistance at the Walter Hill School in Swedesboro, NJ. If you are unfamiliar with Walt or Against the Slate, one of the first things you notice is that Walt is down to earth and very real in his faith. Walt has a heart for worship and encourages others to join with him in worship and praise to God. Whether you’ve known him for five minutes or for a life time, you quickly see the genuineness of his faith and his passion for sharing the love of God with others in all that He does. With a strong stage presence, an incredible voice and an amazing musical background, Walt instantly captured the attention of the audience and clearly shared the gospel through his music and testimony he shared.
Walt opened the show with one of my favorite songs from their new EP We Are One with a song called “How You Love,” a rocking hand clapping song about the incredible love of God through his son Jesus and his death on the cross for our sins.
Next, Walt shared how sometimes in life, you just have days where it seems that nothing goes right. Despite, all the craziness of the day, and his partner and bandmate not being able to make the show due to traffic, God is still in control and that we need to press on and keep going and keeping our head up. As he introduced the next song “Bring Me Home,” he then shared that sometimes in life, we stray from our faith, we make mistakes and we distance ourselves from God. Soon, those small steps we take lead us far from home. The good thing that we need to remember and can find hope in, is that it doesn’t matter how many steps we walk away, all it takes is one step back. God is waiting for us with open arms ready to take us back home.
After a quick tuning of his guitar, Walt went right into “Fractured,” a song the band previously released as a single for radio and download. I love the words from the chorus where he sings, “Lord give me the will to wait for what will come. This life’s not worth dying for. Lord give me the strength to fight to my last breath of life you’ve breathed in me for. From the dust of the ground, slowly returning, turning with the hands of time. You’re spirit remains, born to displace the curse that ties me to the grave.” I love this because it eerily mirrors the words of Paul in Philippians 3 where Paul shares a similar struggle ultimately saying that he will press on toward the goal for the prize. There’s ultimately hope in the midst of brokenness.
In the middle of the concert he shared two special songs to him because they were songs for his father and grandfather. Before singing the song about his dad, he shared that his dad suffered a stroke that left him paralyzed on his left side. While visiting with him in the hospital, Walt shared that God put the phrase hold onto love into his head and heart and ultimately inspired the song of encouragement for his dad. The song about his grandfather, titled “Watch Care,” shares a thankful heart for the constant love and watching over them in both the good and the bad times of life. What makes these songs even more special was that this was the first time Walt ever played them before a live audience.
Price Range: Negotiable.
Gig Length: 30 - 60 minutes
What to Expect
Against the Slate concerts contain the following:
High Energy Performances - ATS is made up of talented musicians and vocalists. Showmanship is a natural byproduct of playing well for God's glory. We love what we do and it shows.
Crowd Participation - We feel that by inviting our audiences to participate (i.e. teaching them a chorus to a song so that they can sing with us) they are able to take part ownership in our ministry. This produces unity between: band and audience, audience and audience, as well as audience and venue/organization.
Personal Testimonies - We are always grateful for opportunities to share the meanings behind our songs as well as what God is teaching us in the moment. Our stories range from humorous to heart-warming; from joyful to sorrowful. Above all, we seek to encourage our listeners.
Gospel Presentation - We hope that audiences can hear God's love for them pouring out of our music and our stories. We also understand that sometimes it takes more than songs and stories to get the point across. We are not afraid to share the gospel of Jesus in a clear and concise manner, bringing people to a point of decision.
Against the Slate began with a vision. While at work one day, Ryan (Bass/Vocals) was stopped in his tracks when he saw his band standing on stage, playing music before a sea of people. But there was a problem...Ryan wasn't in a band. So he recruited Walter (Guitar/Vocals) who was a long-time friend and fellow musician. As a duo they began working on songs and crafting their sound, but the picture was not yet complete. Trevor (Lead Guitar/Mandolin) joined the band after answering an ad ATS placed on Craigslist for a lead guitar player. Trevor would later bring Jake (Drums) into the band through their churches' joint music ministry events. The addition of Trevor and Jake has not only enhanced and broadened the band's sound, but has also put ATS in a place where they are fulfilling Ryan's vision of one day standing on stage, before a sea of people, playing their music.
Indeed, we have been awestruck by the ways that God continues to fulfill Ryan's vision. From adding amazingly talented musicians to our ranks, to blessing us with free recording studio time, God’s hand has been clearly seen at work in our ministry. Not only has God been at work in our ministry, but also through our ministry. At our last show Walter (Guitar/Vocals) was able to meet a woman whose husband had been ravaged by illness and whose son had been her only support. She was encouraged by a song called Hold On To Love that Walter wrote about his own mother who is now caring for his father who suffered a massive stroke last year. Encounters like these are what have kept us continually forging ahead to new opportunities, sharing our music with as many people as possible.
We recently released an EP entitled We Are One. This 5 song sampling of our music will give potential partners a glimpse of our musical style and the subject matter of our songs. We write songs with two goals in mind — to encourage the already convinced and embrace the undecided. Our songs weave together: brokenness over sin, sadness over lost relationships, discerning God’s will, trust in God’s plan, love for each other, sacredness of marriage, and unity in the body of Christ. We Are One is available on both our ReverbNation and Nimbit websites.
Additional Booking Notes
What can we expect from you?
Technical information about your venue:
⁃ Type of microphones provided?
⁃ Type of soundboard?
⁃ Type of loudspeakers or PA system?
⁃ Stage map or diagram
⁃ Any lighting available?
Logistical information about your venue:
- Indoors or outdoors?
- Separate area for band to warm up and prepare - "backstage"?
- Load-in/load-out times and details, i.e. where? is there temporary load-in/out parking nearby? etc.
- What time is soundcheck?
- What is the time frame of our set?
- When does the show start? When do doors open?
- Parking situation?
- What are the food and beverage provisions?
Past Booked Events
|August 05, 2016 • 6:30pm - 7:15pm||Religious Celebration|
|August 08, 2015||Religious Celebration|
How You Love
Bring Me Home
Grey Sky Alibi
Love For The Last Time
We Are One
Influences & Inspiration
We are fans of all types of music, and there are many great bands that have helped inspire our sound. Naming any one band over another would not be fair to you, us, or our heroes. Listen to our music via Facebook, Reverb Nation, or Nimbit and see if you are able to hear for yourself which bands have had the biggest impact on us.
2x 120v outlets towards the rear of the stage
1x 120v outlet towards the front of the stage
3x vocal microphones, with stands and XLR cables
2x instrument microphones with stands and XLR cables
1x snare drum microphone with stand and XLR cable
1x kick drum microphone with stand and XLR cable
2x direct boxes with XLR cables
4x personal monitor speakers
Powered PA system or loudspeakers: minimum of 2 full-range speakers
Secure (or at the very least, highly visible) storage area for cases, personal items, and unused gear
Minimum 12’ wide x 8’ deep stage
Soundboard with minimum of 10 separate channels