Concert Scene Shaping Up For New Year

Written by Terry DeBoer on . Posted in Local

Heath Brandon Brandon Heath performs Mar. 16 in HudsonvilleLet's not let the 2018 get too far along before we scope out the West Michigan Christian concert scene through this winter into the spring. And maybe we can get a hint of some summer concert action as well.

There are a couple of arena-sized events – literally.

TobyMac brings his "Hits Deep" tour to VanAndel Arena on Sun. March 4. The award-winning veteran is bringing along fellow artists Mandisa, Danny Gokey, Ryan Stevenson and Finding Favour.

Toby has released a new song, "I Just Need U," adding to his long list of hit songs and albums.

Tickets range from $15 to $75 and are available via Ticketmaster outlets, or

Meanwhile, MercyMe comes to VanAndel on Sun. April 8 for a performance along with Tenth Avenue North. The reigning Dove Award-winner as Artist of the Year, MercyMe comes to West Michigan while the film "I Can Only Imagine," based on the life of lead singer Bart Millard, will be in theaters. The film (opening March 16) tells the story behind his composition of the title song following the loss of his father to cancer.

Concert tickets range from $19 to $75 via Ticketmaster (lower bowl and floor seats only).


There are numerous other places to invest your concert dollars.

Big Daddy Weave and Brandon Heath are teaming up for at tour which comes to Fairhaven Church, 2900 Baldwin St. in Hudsonville at 7pm Fri. March 16.

Tickets for the veteran Christian radio "hit-makers" start at $15 and go all the way up to $75 for a ministry partner pass good for early entry, preferred seating, post-concert photo opportunity and an additional ticket which will be donated to an area ministry organization.
Tickets on line

David Phelps, Grammy-winning singer and former member of the Gaither Vocal Band, performs at 7pm Sat. Feb. 3 at Jenison Center for the Arts, 8375 20th Ave. Jenison. Also on the bill is Cana's Voice, featuring former Avalon member Jody McBrayer. Tickets are $22 general admission, with artist circle and VIP tickets also available. Order on line  or by phone at 616-667-3602.

Award-winning singer-songwriter Zach Williams, with his signature song "Chain Breaker," comes to the area at 6pm Sun. April 22 at Community Reformed Church, 10376 Felch St. in Zeeland. Williams won a Dove Award as the 2017 New Artist of the Year. Tickets are $18 general admission, and are available at

The worship-based Rend Collective performs at 7pm Fri. April 13 at Central Wesleyan Church, 446 W. 40th St. Holland. Tickets range from $22 general admission to $50 deluxe which includes talk session and photo with the band. Available on line 


Two upcoming concerts ran out of tickets not long after they went on sale.

Michigan native Nate Feuerstein – better known as NF – brings his rap/hip-hop show to 20 Monroe Live in downtown Grand Rapids at 8pm Monday Feb. 5. His song "Let You Down" is near the top of Christian rhythmic charts. For more information visit online.

You'll get more than a chuckle from comedian Michael Jr. at 6pm Sun. March 11 at Kentwood Community Church, 1200 60th Ave. SE. As in NF, tickets are sold out. For more info visit online.


The "Moxie Matters Tour" features author and frequent TV contributor Jen Hatmaker and singer-songwriter Nichole Nordeman at 7pm Thurs. Feb. 1 at Mars Hill Church, 3501 Fairlanes Ave. SW Grandville. General admission is $29 with discounted group rates. Higher priced packages also available. Visit online.

"Seeing You" is the title of a presentation by women's health writer and body image expert Leslie Goldman at 7pm Thurs. Feb. 22 at The Pinnacle Center, 3330 Highland Dr. Hudsonville. Tickets range from $18 to $35 (with group rate discounts) and are available online.

"From Shame to Image Bearers" is the theme for the Get Real Women's Conference featuring Judy Buffum-Hemmila and Dawn Scott Damon at 9am Sat. March 3 at Midtown Center, 96 W. 15th St. in Holland. Tickets include lunch. General admission in advance is $25. Available online  or by phone 800-965-9324.


Yes, the area's summertime music festivals return In 2018.

Big Ticket Festival is set for June 20-23 at Otsego County Fairgrounds in Gaylord, Mich. Headliners include TobyMac. Full event as well as single day tickets available online

Unity Christian Music Festival is back at Heritage Landing in Muskegon Aug. 8-11.

David Crowder headlines the free opening Day Zero. Casting Crowns returns after a rain-out last year. Reserved seating and family memberships as well as regular tickets are available. For more information and to purchase online
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Terry DeBoer
Author: Terry DeBoer
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: (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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