Tonight is a night I had been looking forward to for a long time. I heard about winter jam from a promo email from JPJ arena in Charlottesville, and started asking if people wanted to go. As usual, it was hard to get people that wanted to commit. But last week, I had a group of 15 that wanted to go. Today, four went.
That’s okay, though. The four of us, all girls from LG, had a great time. The lineup of bands was spectacular. The tour was sponsored by Newsong, who I remember as a bunch of old guys that sounded like elevator music when I first heard them back in high school. They’re a bit better, thankfully, and they sang the one song I remember (and liked) from when I was a kid, “Arise”. It must be an anthem of sorts for them. Plus I still loved every word. Also performing: Fireflight (a bit loud, but okayish), Sidewalk Prophets, Robert Pierre, Tenth Avenue North, Newsboys, and Third Day.
The whole reason I wanted to go was to see the Newsboys with new frontman Michael Tait. I remember when he first put out DC Talk, and thought it would be interesting to see how the Newsboys worked with him in the front as their former lead singer had such a distinctive sound and was really the one that took them out of the electronica genre into something you could actually sing with. IT. WAS. AMAZING. And just to pull out something that this (now officially) older crowd member could relate to, they ended the set with “Jesus Freak”. I absolutely loved it.
Intermission, guest speaker, (it’s not a Christian concert if you don’t have a pitch for charity as well), then Tenth Avenue North. I didn’t realize lead singer was from Fredericksburg! Then Third Day.
What a great night. Best $10 I’ve spent in a LONG time!!!