Christian Concerts Gearing Up For Fall Season

Written by Terry DeBoer on . Posted in Local

EVENTSIt may seem premature to offer a fall calendar list of Christian concerts in West Michigan. But there's one that represents a "breakthrough." making it especially noteworthy.

For the first time in 13 years, the Allegan County Fair will host a Christian concert on its main stage during its September fair schedule.

In a June letter to area churches, fair executive director Saree Miller officially announced a concert line-up of Casting Crowns, David Crowder and Phil Wickham for Thurs. Sept. 16.

Perhaps it's simply part of the post-pandemic surge in live music events. But nevertheless it is significant addition for the area's largest county fair, which dates back to the 1800s.

The Christian concert event joins Allegan's other entertainment offerings of comedian-ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, mainstream rockers Three Doors Down and country singer Justin Moore.

It was 2008 when this reporter saw the fair's previous Christian music showcase. Jeremy Camp and Hawk Nelson joined 1,600 enthusiastic fans who fought off some light rain showers during an upbeat evening

Tickets for this year's Casting Crowns, Crowder and Phil Wickham concert include fair admission if purchased by Aug. 15 (parking is extra). For more info www.allegancountyfair.com

ADDING TO THE LIST

Speaking of Jeremy Camp, he headlines a Sept. 24 event with special guest Jonathan Traylor at Ridge Point Community Church in Holland. Ticket info

Meanwhile Crowder and his band are busy, returning to West Michigan Nov. 13 for his "Milk and Honey" tour with special guest Sean Curran at Mercy Health Arena, (the former L.C. Walker Arena) in Muskegon. More info

Also stopping at Mercy Health Arena: Zach Williams, We The Kingdom and CAIN on Sept. 26. Tickets online

Here's a guy who's always refreshing – Matt Maher, coming Oct. 15 to Ridge Point Community Church in Holland. Info online.

An impressive three-some of Tauren Wells, Riley Clemmons and Andrew Ripp visits Kentwood Community Church Oct. 21 (note: Wells' fall 2019 tour sold out all but three of its concert dates) Tickets online.

There are a couple of rescheduled shows at Fair Haven Ministries in Hudsonville:

Comedian Chonda Pierce, Sept 16 – Tickets online

And Newsboys, Mandisa, Adam Agee, Oct. 16 – This date is not the originally scheduled
"Newsboys United" line-up, as Peter Furler and Phil Joel are completing their run with the band in August. Tickets online

The Southern gospel blend Collingsworth Family performs Sept. 24 at the Jenison High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets online.  or here

And don't forget the Mercy Me "inhale/exhale" tour date with Micah Tyler Nov. 5 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. Tickets online

ALREADY SOLD OUT

And then there are concerts for which tickets were immediately swept up either by early ticket deals or simply overwhelming fan demand for limited seats (we include ticket links in case more tickets become available. Also, tickets may be available from re-sale sites at above market rates)

Matt Kearney at Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids Aug. 13 Ticket Info

Chris Renzema, Oct. 17 at The Pyramid Scheme, downtown Grand Rapids. Tickets info.

Maverick City Music – Big winners at the recent gospel music Stellar Awards, this ensemble performs Oct 2 at the spacious Grand Rapids First, 2100 44th St SW. For more information https://grfirst.org/maverickcity

YET THIS SUMMER

Don't forget summer concerts still to come – including all the seasonal series at various venues around West Michigan such as Beechwood Church in Holland and Maranatha Bible Conference in Muskegon.

Plus, there's still the Unity Christian Music Festival Aug. 11-14 at Heritage Landing in Muskegon. Headliners include We Are Messengers, TobyMac, Matthew West and For King & Country. Info at www.unitymusicfestival.com

AND EXTRA ADVANCE NOTICE

Point of Grace, with special guest Aaron Shust in a Christmas concert – Dec. 1 at Kentwood Community Church. Tickets are already on sale online.

Author Information
Terry DeBoer
Author: Terry DeBoer
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Terry is a journalist/feature writer for newspapers, magazines and websites, with a background in radio broadcasting. His usual beat is arts and entertainment, specializing in Christian/gospel music. A married father of two, he is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan Contributing Writer: West Michigan Christian News August 2011 – Present Feature writer: -Mlive.com (website and various newspapers) 1988– 2016 -Spotlight New Christian Music Magazine 1997-2008 -Church News Editor, Church Herald Magazine 2004-2009

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