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Pulse Spring Campus Tour: Event to feature Christian bands, speaker, videos

The Newsboys will perform Saturday night at Bemidji State University as part of the Pulse Campus Spring Tour. From left are guitarist Jody Davis, new lead vocalist Michael Tait, drummer Duncan Phillips and keyboardist Jeff Frankenstein. Submitted Photo

With a message of hope to share, the national faith-based organization Pulse is bringing five Christian bands - including the international headliner Newsboys - to Bemidji.

The Pulse Spring Campus Tour, which also includes a speaker and videos, will stop Saturday night at Bemidji State University.

Doors at BSU's John Glas Fieldhouse will open at 6 p.m.

A pre-show will begin at 6:20 p.m. with performances by Bread of Stone and Vota.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. and feature performances by DecemberRadio, Needtobreathe and the Newsboys.

Also, Pulse Director Nick Hall will speak, and videos confronting the issues young adults currently face will be shown throughout the night.

"Pulse exists to bring a message of hope to this generation," Hall said.

Open to people of all ages, the event is free for college students with current college identification and $15 per ticket for the general public.

"We don't want there to be any obstacle for students coming out," Hall said.

Pulse started as a paper that Hall wrote as a junior in an English class at North Dakota State University in Fargo.

"It was a dream to see positive events happen to combat the trends that were facing our generation," Hall said. "There's just a lot of pressure facing young adults."

He said college students from the Fargo-Moorhead area rallied behind that dream during the 2005-06 school year, and the movement has spread beyond the region. In the last three years, the Fargo-based organization has drawn 30,000 students to events, primarily in North Dakota, he said.

Pulse has teamed up with church leaders, college ministry leaders and college students in the Bemidji area to bring its spring campus tour to BSU. Other stops on the tour are Minot State University in Minot, N.D., and Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Hall said Pulse organizes events to address issues facing young adults - from drugs and alcohol to sex to parties to possessions - through music and multimedia presentations.

"We just want to build a bridge to where students are at," he said. "We want to talk to students about the love of God in their life and the purpose that can be found in Jesus."