West Michigan’s Christian concert schedule for the remainder of 2014 is dotted with music artists of all stripes.
There’s diverse, uplifting entertainment, with many of the events carrying a worship theme.
And you don’t have to wait for autumn: Hillsong Worship (formerly Hillsong Live) comes to Resurrection Life Church in Grandville on Sun. Aug. 31.
Hillsong – the giant Hillsong Church in Australia – has developed a group of worship leaders responsible for such modern worship standards as “Shout To the Lord” and “Mighty to Save.” Their new album is “No Other Name.”
Tickets are $26 general admission, discount rate for groups of 10 or more; available at the church’s Word Shop bookstore or at www.premierproductions.com.
Also with music in the worship vein is Rend Collective, coming Sept. 25 to Sunshine Community Church on E. Beltline NE.
The Irish band’s music has been described as a combination of “Worship/Folk/Rock/Pop/Electronic” and includes a variety of modern and traditional instruments. Singer Gareth Gilkeson calls it “organic worship.” Their signature song is the upbeat but prayerful “Build Your Kingdom Here.”
Rend Collective heads the bill which includes Urban Rescue and Moriah Peters.
Tickets are $15 general admission, and $30 for a “deluxe” pass which includes a meeting with band members, available at http://ticketf.ly/1jb9qhR
The thoughtful pop-rockers Switchfoot invade Calvin College’s Hoogenboom Center on Sat. Sept. 20, with special guest Gungor (featuring former Resurrection Life Church worship/music leader Michael Gungor).
The multiple Grammy and Dove Award-winning Switchfoot has played Calvin College several times - most recently last year traveling with their film and CD “Fading West.”
Tickets are $30 general admission, available at the Calvin box office or at http://www.calvin.edu/boxoffice/tickets/
Everfound, a vocal group of Russian brothers, comes Sept. 27 to Community Reformed Church on Felch St. in Zeeland. Their self-titled debut CD released this summer.
Another new group – About A Mile – is the opening act. The gathering is in connection with the annual See You At The Pole. There will be a minimal cost, if any, payable at the door.
AND OCTOBER BRINGS….
There’s more worship music to highlight on Thurs. Oct. 16 with the Passion Worship Band, featuring Kristian Stanfill, at Ridge Point Community Church on 104th Ave. east of Holland.
Stanfill is the writer of the popular worship anthem “One Thing Remains.”
Tickets are $20 general admission, available at www.itickets.com or 800-965-9324.
Do you like Southern gospel music? You can see The Triumphant Quartet along with the local Skylight Quartet Oct. 24 at Fellowship Reformed Church on 36th Ave. in Hudsonville. Tickets are $18 and are available at www.itickets.com or 800-965-9324
For fans of faith-inspired hip-hop and rap there’s Lecrae and several special guests Andy Mineo and DJ Promote Oct. 30 in the DeltaPlex on Turner Ave. NW in Walker.
Lecrae’s “Anomoly” CD is set for release in September. He last appeared in Grand Rapids in January as part of the Winter Jam tour at Van Andel Arena.
Tickets are $29.50 general admission, with $24.50 for groups of 10 or more.Visit https://www.premierproductions.com/tour/anomaly-tour-featuring-lecrae-special-guests/grand-rapids-mi
Singer-songwriter-worship leader Kari Jobe kicks off November with her “Majestic” tour Sat. Nov. 1 at Sunshine Community Church. Warren Barfield is also on the program. Tickets are $25 general admission, $20 for 10 or more. More info at
There are two top flight concerts on the same night: Nov. 8 is the date for Michael W. Smith at Community Reformed Church in Zeeland and Newsboys at the L.C. Walker Arena in Muskegon.
Earlier this year the inspirational pop veteran Smith released “Sovereign,” his first worship album in five years and which includes the song “You Won’t Let Go.” His 30-year recording history is packed with inspirational pop hits and worship favorites. (Ticket info. at http://www.itickets.com/events/325001/Zeeland_MI/Michael_W._Smith.html or at the church).
The pop-rockers Newsboys is also a veteran band and a perennial West Michigan favorite. They were featured in the surprising hit film “God’s Not Dead,” in which they performed the title song on-screen.
On the bill with Newsboys are Family Force 5 and 7eventh Time Down. Tickets are $30 and $25 floor and lower level, and $20 and $15 upper level. VIP tickets may also be available. Visit http://startickets.com/events/item/newsboys-we-believe-tour.
Grammy-winner TobyMac comes to DeVos Performance Hall Nov. 23 for a “Worship, Stories and Songs” tour with fellow artists Matt Maher and Ryan Stevenson. Tickets range from $20.50 to $45.50. Visit http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/08004CE79F0D1B61?REFERRAL_ID=tmfeedbuyat97249&wt.mc_id=aff_BUYAT_97249&camefrom=CFC_BUYAT_97249
GLIMPSE OF SOME HOLIDAY MUSIC GEMS
Dec. 11 - Collingsworth Family, Covenant Fine Arts Center, Calvin College. Tickets $20. http://www.calvin.edu/boxoffice/tickets/ 616-526-6282
Dec. 12 - “Christmas With Selah” - Van Singel Fine Arts Auditorium in Byron Center www.vsfac.org
Dec. 18 - Point of Grace – Sunshine Community Church
Dec. 23 - Sandi Patty in a Christmas “Yultide Joy” pops concert with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, DeVos Performance Hall. Tickets from $32 to $90. www.grsymphony.org