A regular sight at the P.F. Chang's Rock ‘n' Roll Marathon, Spirit Surge, an Ahwatukee Foothills faith-based band, will play its seventh consecutive event this weekend.
Like its previous performances, the band will be donating proceeds from the event to a charity dedicated to helping needy children.
Spirit Surge was the first Christian band to play the marathon when they were accepted into it seven years ago. They have been together since 2000 and are based out of Mountain View Lutheran Church.
Their mile-marker location has changed - this year they can be seen on mile 26 - and this year they will be playing for Open Arms Homes for Children, an organization based out of South Africa.
"When we do get paid for our performances, we always donate to a children's charity," lead singer Kim DeVoss said. "My friend Bob Solis started Open Arms for Children in South Africa whose families have been affected by AIDS. He started a orphanage, educates the children, raises them as Christians, sends them to school, and provides food."
Spirit Surge will share the stage, set up in front of St. Daniel the Prophet Roman Catholic Church, 1030 N. Hayden Road in Scottsdale, with Sonic Praiz. From the time the first runners go by, around 8:30 a.m., to the end of the marathon, after 5 p.m., the two bands will trade off playing 50-minute sets.
"So no runner comes by and misses the great music, we take this event very seriously," DeVoss said. "I think it's because we are a Christian band and we want to make sure we are there and cheering the runners on."
Spirit Surge is made up of five members, including her husband, Steven DeVoss on lead guitar, with Ric Laneri on drums, Eric Geiger on rhythm guitar, and Gary Riso on bass.
When she was first invited to play, DeVoss had no idea how far-reaching the effects of joining Spirit Surge would be.
"When I joined the band, I was a widow," she said. "(The band) was where I met Steven when we started to play together. We were married seven years later."
The band's popularity around Phoenix has increased over the years and now they currently play about one show each week, DeVoss said.
For anyone interested in attending the event, the P. F. Chang's Rock ‘n' Roll Marathon takes place Sunday, Jan. 15.
To find out more about Open Arms Homes for Children, visit their website at www.openarmshome.com.
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