Bellarive Coffeehouse Keys BC Welcome Week
When Bluefield College students return to campus for the fall 2012 semester, they’ll do so with a host of Welcome Week activities planned to celebrate the start of a new academic year, including a Coffeehouse concert with contemporary Christian music band Bellarive.

Bellarive Coffeehouse Keys BC Welcome Week

By Chris Shoemaker | August 13, 2012 | RSS




Open to the public, the Bellarive Coffeehouse will take place in BC’s Quick Shott Café in the Student Activities Center of Shott Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 21.


A gifted group of six Christian friends, Bellarive came together in Orlando, Florida, in 2009 to “create and perform artistic worship music to whomever will lend an ear.” Traveling, creating and performing for churches, colleges, mission groups, conferences, camps and concerts, the group says its music is about examining important spiritual questions.


“Our songs are an overflow of stories, thoughts, and conversations proceeding to the overwhelming consideration that there must be more,” said vocalist and guitarist Sean Curran. “In our pursuit of understanding humanity, we were interrupted with an explanation -- Jesus.”


With that explanation was born “The Being Human Project...Start Listening,” Bellarive’s first full-length album, which the band will promote during the BC Coffeehouse. The group’s hope is that the music from “Being Human” will cause others to “pause, perceive and behold the beauty in the world around (us).”


“We believe that God creates His children with specific design to reveal and bring glory to Himself in unique ways,” said Curran. “For the six of us, that gift is creating music.”


Bellarive also believes there is a beautiful connection and relationship between Spirit and sound, and that through their music they can help make that connection.


“We pray that we would be the conduit between the Creator and His creation,” explained vocalist and percussionist Melissa Mage, “and that His glory would always be the focal point.”


The band consists of Curran, Mage, vocalist and guitarist Mike Mage, electric guitarist Zach Glotfelty, bassist and percussionist Josh Luker, and drummer Kenny Werner.


The Bellarive Coffeehouse is just one of several events scheduled by the college to welcome students back for a new academic year. Other Welcome Week 2012 activities include:


  • BC Football Night with the Bluefield Blue Jays, Monday, August 20, 5:00 p.m., Bowen Field
  • Dodgeball Tournament, Monday, August 20, 6 p.m., Dome Gymnasium
  • Beach Volleyball, Wednesday, August 22, 6:30 p.m., sand volleyball pit
  • Welcome Back Bingo, Thursday, August 23, 7 p.m., Dome Gymnasium
  • Movie in the Quad, Friday, August 24, 8 p.m., campus quad
  • Football Tailgate, Saturday, August 25, 2012, 12 p.m., Mitchell Stadium
  • Whitewater Rafting, Sunday, August 26, departing BC campus at 10:30 a.m.


For complete details about all Welcome Week activities, visit the BC web site at, or contact the Student Activities Office

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