Christian Concert/Arts Events on the Way

Written by Terry DeBoer on . Posted in Local

Battistelli F  red largerFrancesca Battistelli performs March 24 in Holland West Michigan entered February after a cold and snowy end of January. What more motivation do we need to look ahead to a Christian concert/arts schedule that is definitely warming up?

February has a couple of already sold-out shows – Drew & Ellie Holcomb Feb 11 and NeedToBreathe's acoustic show Feb. 23. But there's more to fill up the calendar.

First let's hit the big stage at Van Andel Arena:

*TobyMac – March 10 – The Grammy-winning Toby comes with a new album ("The Elements") and a great line-up, including Jeremy Camp, Jordan Feliz, Ryan Stevenson and We Are Messengers. Tickets start at $16 online.

*Casting Crowns – April 25 - The inspirational-pop band brings its "Only Jesus" tour along with Zach Williams and Austin French. Tickets start at $30 online.

*Hillsong United – June 25 – The famed worship ensemble – with Amanda Cook and Mack Brock - return for an evening of worship during their U.S. tour. Besides conventional seating, this tour features a standing room only area directly in front of the stage. Tickets start at $24.50 online. (all Van Andel tickets at Ticketmaster outlets or by phone 800-745-3000).


*Michael Jr. – 7pm March 3 – Grand Rapids First in Wyoming. The comedian performs "comedy that inspires." Tickets start at $16, available online.

*Matthew Smith – 7pm March 23 – Calvary Church, Beeline Rd. in Holland. The songwriter from Idelible Grace performs his repertoire of new melodies incorporating old hymn texts. Tickets start at $12, additional costs for seminar and meal. Available online.


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*Russ Taff – 6pm March 23 – First Christian Reformed Church in Fremont, MI. Includes mini-concert and film depicting the noted singer's life story. Tickets include meet & greet $25, available online.

*Francesca Battistelli – 7pm March 24 – Ridge Point Community Church, Holland. The singer-songwriter and her "Own It" tour comes to West Michigan ; with special guest Stars Go Dim and Elle Limebear. Tickets start at $26, a 4-pack for $22 each. Available online.

*Big Daddy Weave – 7pm Fri. March 29, FairHaven Church in Hudsonville. Advance tickets start at $15, higher at the door. Available online.

*Lecrae – 7pm April 6, Grand Rapids First in Wyoming. The hip-hop artist headlines one of the nation's largest faith-based hip-hop/rap tours. Also featuring Andy Mineo, KB, Tedashii, Trip Lee, 1K Phew and more. General admission tickets $25, group rates available. Visit online.


*Sandra McCracken – 7pm March 7 at the Jack Miller Center, Hope College, Holland. The singer-songwriter, who is leading a weeklong worship/renewal series at Western Seminary, presents an open-to-the-public concert. There is no admission charge, an offering will be received. For more information visit online.

*The Grey Havens – 7pm March 29 – Matthews Performing Arts Center, Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids. Special guest on this tour is Jess Ray. Tickets are $12 advance, $15 day of show. Available online.


*Switchfoot – 6:30pm March 2 - 20 Monroe Live, downtown Grand Rapids. The band and its new
"Native Tongue" album leads the tour, with opening act Colony House. General admission standing room tickets are $35, with mezzanine tickets higher. Available online.

*HIS Christian Dance Academy – March 8 and 9 at DeVos Center for Arts and Worship at GR Christian High School. The ensemble presents "Ark," a contemporary ballet telling the story of Noah's ark. Three performances. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 seniors, $10 students. Available online.

*"When Calls The Heart" – The musical stage play, based on the book by Janet Oke, is presented Feb. 14 - March 2 at Master Arts Theater, 75 77th St. SW in Byron Township. The story is from Oke's first book of the Canadian West Series. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with 2 p.m. Saturday matinees. Tickets are $19 adults, $17 seniors and students. Available online  or call the theatre office 616-455-1001.

*Tamika Catchings – 8am Sat. March 16 at Calvary Church, E.Beltline NE Grand Rapids. The WNBA basketball star is the guest at a breakfast sponsored by the Grand Rapids chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Tickets are $40, include breakfast. Available online.
*"Rise Up O Men" - 7:30pm Tues. March 26 - The next installment in the musical-comedy "Church Basement Ladies" series in a one-night –only performance at Van Singel Fine Arts Center, in Byron Center. The ladies of the fictional East Cornucopia Lutheran Church finally share the spotlight with the men. Tickets $35 adult, $22 students., 616-878-6800.
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Terry DeBoer
Terry is journalist who writes for newspapers, magazines, newsletters and websites. His most frequented “beat” is arts and entertainment. He is married with two children and lives in Grand Rapids.

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