Christian Concerts on the Way to West Michigan

Written by Terry DeBoer on . Posted in Local

sidewalk 235Sidewalk ProphetsConcerts by major faith-based artists such as Third Day, Matt Maher and David Crowder have already rolled through West Michigan this spring. And more are on their way.

The popular Annie Moses Band returns to the area at 7 p.m. Fri. May 8 at Grace Community Church, 3500 New Holland St. in Hudsonville.

The ensemble brings its "American Rhapsody" program with music from composers such as Gershwin, Copland and other American originals. Their acoustic-based music (with fiddle!) is a pleasure for fans of multiple genres. General admission tickets are $15 and available via www.itickets.com

The acoustic-pop band Sidewalk Prophets and its "Great Big Family Room" tour comes to Community Reformed Church, 10376 Felch St. in Zeeland on Sun. May 10. Among the band's popular songs: "Live Like That" and "The Words I Would Say." General admission tickets are $12, with VIP tickets (which include a pizza party and Q&A with the band) $50.
Tickets are also available via www.itickets.com or by phone at 800-965-9324.

An evening with singer-songwriter Laura Story ("Blessings") is set for 7 p.m. May 16 at Sunshine Community Church, 3300 E. Beltline NE. The event is a benefit for Hope Through the Storm Ministries, a faith-based group that works with persons with serious illness and disabilities. Tickets range from $15 to $25, with VIP tickets at $30. Available online or by phone at 800-965-9234.

Singer-songwriter Jason Gray performs at 7 p.m. June 20 at Rush Creek Bible Church, 2334 76th St. SW in Byron Center. Advance general admission tickets are $15, VIP tickets are $25; available online  (Gray returns to the area Aug. 16 for a concert in Grand Haven).

SEEKING OUT SERIES

There are several weekly inspirational concerts at select venues in West Michigan. We will detail them in a future article, but for a brief mention now:

The Sunday evening vespers concerts at Sandy Pines Lakeside Chapel in Dorr kick-off at 6 p.m. May 24 with the Southern gospel group Soul'd Out Quartet. A free-will offering is received (www.sandypineschapel.com).

The annual Praise in the Park series in downtown Rockford debuts at 6 p.m. Sunday June 7 featuring an ensemble from Rockford Baptist Church. There is no admission charge at the setting in Garden Club Park along the Rogue River. For the complete summer schedule visit online.

The concert season at Maranatha Bible Conference in Muskegon begins at 7 p.m. Sat. June 20 with a concert from pianist/pastor Richard Allen Farmer. Free-will offering. 888-892-LAKE.

The Sunday evening "Worship On The Waterfront" series begins at 7:30 p.m. June 28 with singer-songwriter Mark Schultz performing in Waterfront Stadium, Grand Haven. Free-will offering.

MUSIC FESTIVAL FORECAST

This is the 10th anniversary of The Big Ticket Festival, the annual Christian music gathering which began in Gaylord, Mich. and stopped in Ionia and Allegan before returning to its original home several years ago.

The June 25-27 event features numerous Christian bands, youth and kids' games and other attractions.

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Headliners are TobyMac (June 25), Chris Tomlin (June 26) and Newsboys (June 27). Other artists on the bill include Sanctus Real, Aaron Shust, Bluetree, and Kerri Roberts.
Three, two and one-day tickets are available, as are family passes. There's a junior rate for age 12 and under (advance prices go up June 1 and June 18).

The Unity Christian Music Festival at Heritage Landing in downtown Muskegon observes its 15th anniversary this Aug. 5-8. Officials expect their 1 millionth Unity patron to go through the gates during the 2015 festival.

Unity kicks off with the free "Day Zero" on Aug. 5 featuring For King & Country and Kutless, with Kutless lead singer Jon Micah Sumrall also speaking.

Among the headliners on the other three days: Third Day, David Crowder and Matthew West with a special appearance by Passion Band with Kristian Stanfill on Sat. Aug. 8. Other Unity artists include Mark Schultz, Matt Maher, Francesca Battistelli, Brandon Heath and numerous others.

Tickets are on sale online. Kids under 5 are free, as are kids' activities. Premier reserved seating is available for an additional charge. For general information call 231-773-3361.

And for those of you who like to plan in advance: Michael W. Smith is scheduled for a Christmas concert Dec. 8 at Resurrection Life Church in Grandville. No other details yet available.
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Terry DeBoer
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Writer: West Michigan Christian News August 2011 – Present (1 year 6 months) Monthly publication and web site with news, features, and information of interest to the West Michigan Christian community Feature writer: Muskegon Chronicle April 1996 – Present (16 years 10 months) Writer: Kalamazoo Gazette July 1991 – Present (21 years 7 months) beat includes convering contemporary Christian and Gospel music feature writer Grand Rapids Press May 1988 – Present (24 years 9 months)

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