Something significant happens in between the flashy lights, pyrotechnics and nearly nonstop parade of bands at the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular.
There’s a moment in the middle of each concert when speaker Nick Hall shares the Gospel.
“Winter Jam fills up these arenas. A lot of people come out. They’re people who are hurting and have ups and downs and are just going through life,” said Hall, who returns for a second year as Winter Jam’s speaker. Hall is the founder of PULSE, an organization that holds concert events on college campuses around the nation.
“It’s about giving people a chance to have a fresh start and a new beginning and a life like they were called to have,” he said. “We all need a fresh start.”
Tens of thousands of people have responded to invitations to know God at Winter Jam. The tour, now in its 18th year, stops in Augusta for a Valentine’s Day concert Feb. 14.
“It’s sort of like a huge party,” said TobyMac, who returns to headline this year’s show.
WinterJam, the largest Christian tour in the country, attracted more than 500,000 fans to its concerts last year.
You can’t beat the value, TobyMac said. The $10 cost buys entrance to 10 acts, no tickets required.
“It’s a really diverse night musically,” he said.
Winter Jam includes several acts he has signed to the label he helped start, Gotee Records, including Jamie Grace and Capital Kings.
Rounding out this year’s lineup up are RED, Matthew West, Sidewalk Prophets, Royal Tailor, Jason Castro, Oswald Brothers Band and NewSong, the group that organized the first Winter Jam in 1995.
“There’s something there for everybody,” TobyMac said.
That’s true not only of the music, but of the Gospel message, Hall said.
Between acts, he’ll speak for 10 or 15 minutes on the theme “reset.”
“It’ll be a blast,” he said. “You don’t want to miss it. It’s an incredible night.”
“My goal is for people to leave sweating from dancing, hoarse from singing along and refreshed in their spirit.”