The Christian rock scene will be in full swing Thursday night at Lady Antebellum Pavilion.
Newsboys, a four-member Christian pop-rock band, is headlining a concert in Columbia County’s Evans Towne Center Park. Preceding the band on stage is a praise team from Journey Community Church in Evans, and the Christian alternative-Southern rock group The Rhett Walker Band.
A Grammy-nominated and Dove Award-winning band, Newsboys has sold nearly 8 million records. Their 2010 record, Born Again, hit No. 4 on the Billboard charts and generated three No. 1 hits, according to the group’s official Web site.
The Nashville group’s newest rock-driven worship album, God’s Not Dead, was released in November.
Vocalist Michael Tait is joined in the group by keyboardist Jeff Frankenstein, drummer Duncan Phillips and guitarist Jody Davis. The latter three bandmates have been playing together for two decades.
“They’re one of the more popular of the Christian bands,” said Columbia County Community Events Specialist Keela Colombraro.
Gates to the park open at 5 p.m. with music starting at about 6 p.m.
Colombraro said the show is a way to revive a Christian concert series that failed to catch on last year because of bad weather each night.
“We really thought it would go over well, but it never got a fair chance to get off the ground because of the weather,” she said. “Hopefully, this year we’ll have much better weather and we’ll give it another try.”
While attendance is difficult to estimate, Colombraro said she expects about 2,000 people.
Many county residents have asked the county in the past to offer more Christian music concerts, she added.
“We’re going to see how this goes,” Colombraro said. “If we get a lot of support, we’d love to keep it going.”
Tickets cost $18 in advance and $20 on the concert day.