St. Luke's United Methodist Church will present a free outdoor concert Sunday featuring nationally known children's singer/songwriter Justin Roberts.

St. Luke's United Methodist Church will present a free outdoor concert Sunday featuring nationally known children's singer/songwriter Justin Roberts.

The concert will take place at 4 p.m. in the outdoor program area at the church, 1150 W. Fifth Ave.

"We are doing this as sort of a gift to the Grandview neighborhood," St. Luke's pastor Laurie Clark said. "It's a way also to help introduce our church to people who may not have visited us before."

Roberts is a Chicago-based performer and a graduate of Kenyon College in Gambier.

"He's really well known within the children's music genre," Clark said.

His songs appeal to the youngest of children up to late elementary age and can be described as "indie rock," she said.

"The great thing about his songs is that his lyrics are witty, smart, honest, funny and poetic," Clark said. "He doesn't dumb it down, which is what a lot of music for children does. He also does some 'shout outs' to parents, references and jokes that they can appreciate that the children don't get.

"It's music that doesn't make parents want to drill a hole in their head the third time they hear it," she said. "I know as a parent how rare that is."

Seating for the concert will be picnic style and an area will be set aside for parents with strollers, Clark said.

"People can start gathering at 3 p.m., bring a blanket and find a good spot," she said.

The concert will be moved indoors in case of rain.

The outdoor program space was created as part of St. Luke's renovation project several years ago, Clark said. The area is used for concerts, vacation bible school, children's after-school programs and the church's annual Blessing of the Animals service.

Roberts performed at the church two years ago, she said.

"It's a really fun show," Clark said. "We're just so thankful for our business sponsors who have made this concert possible."

Presenting sponsors are National Church Residences and the King Avenue Five Restaurant.

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