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Tuscaloosa crewTuscaloosa crewKim BoyceKim BoyceDragonslayer was back but many of us had graduated from college and moved.  I was now in Birmingham and others were in Tuscaloosa and Montgomery.  We started recruiting in all three cities and our numbers grew, giving us full production teams in each town.  There were hundreds of us.

Then the concerts came, and they came in a torrent.  Atlanta Fest put multiple shows in Birmingham each year, Mylon played all three cities, local churches and Christian night clubs asked us to manage their concerts, and Dragonslayer brought in shows when some of the bands started calling us directly.  We were doing almost a concert per month and the numbers kept climbing. 

Dana KeyDana KeyThere were so many concerts that we started booking artists for two cities at a time, placing the gigs on alternate nights in different cities with different crews.  Montgomery and Tuscaloosa hosted concerts of their own and we even managed several concerts in Huntsville and Cullman.  By 1988 Dragonslayer was hosting some concerts in the same city on the same night. 

RuschaRuschaThe largest of these dual concerts was the 5,500-audience Michael W. Smith/DC Talk concert at Birmingham's Oak Mountain Amphitheater and the 1,400-audience Bill Gaither/Cathedrals concert at nearby Briarwood Presbyterian Church.  After the concerts I had the priviledge of eating a 2am breakfast at Waffle House with Bill Gaither, DC Talk, and the Cathedrals.  Bill Gaither commented that while all of us were getting along at breakfast, the band's collective fans hated each other.  Funny guy.

Twila ParisTwila ParisAll these concerts moved Dragonslayer into many new venues.  Our concerts were indoors and outdoors, at churches, night clubs, school auditoriums, ampitheaters, parking lots, city auditoriums, and concert halls.  We were the first to put a concert in the then-new UAB Arena, and the second.  We knew our way around almost all the auditoriums in central Alabama and could find a room for any size audience. 

Dragonslayer did not forget our original purpose and made sure that nearly all of these events were ministry concerts.  People were still walking the aisle to talk to our counselors at invitation time and Dragonalsyer counselor teams worked to connect those people to local churches.  We talked to thousands of people during these years and many made professions of faith.  This was always the most important part of the job for us and we took it seriously.