Tickets go on sale today for the GMA Music in the Rockies Concert Series which will be held Sunday, July 30 through Friday, August 4 at the Estes Park Center YMCA in Estes Park, Colo., announced the Gospel Music Association (GMA).
More than 30 performers will be featured over the six nights of music under the Rocky Mountain summer skies. Joining 2006 Dove Award Artist of the Year Chris Tomlin for the week’s stellar line up will be Steven Curtis Chapman, David Crowder Band, Bebo Norman, The Afters, The Isaacs, Kutless, Mary Mary, Kirk Whalum, Nichole Nordeman, Avalon, Smokie Norful, Michael English, Rachael Lampa and more. A complete schedule follows and is available at HYPERLINK “http://www.musicintherockies.com” www.musicintherockies.com.
Tickets can be purchased for each individual night’s concerts or as a series package. Individual general admission tickets will be $20, with a $16 advance purchase (until July 20) discount. Special Artist Circle seating tickets are $30 and $26 in advance. The exclusive Gold Circle tickets are $45 and discounted in advance for $41. A series tickets for admission to all six concerts will cost $100 for general admission, $150 for Artist Circle and $225 for Gold Circle. Discounted group ticket sales are also available.
The GMA has added a new promotion for this year’s Friday night concert, which will be hosted by Lampa and Shawn Groves and will include performances by the winners of GMA’s official talent competition for unsigned artists and songwriters. Called “Freebie Friday,” the promotion offers two tickets for the price of one for the Friday concert.
All GMA Music in the Rockies tickets may be purchased toll free at 877-840-0457; at the Sword & Scroll Bookstore in Estes Park, at the LifeWay Christian Store in Denver or through the GMA customer service office 615-242-0303.
The GMA Music in the Rockies 2006 Nightly Concert Series will begin each night at 7:00 p.m. at Estes Park Center/YMCA – Longhouse. The day by day lineup is:
SUNDAY, July 30 – PASSION WORSHIP NIGHT
David Crowder Band
MONDAY, July 31 Presented by: Compassion International
TUESDAY, August 1
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
John Morgan (George Bush Impersonator)
WEDNESDAY, August 2 Presented by: Shaohannah’s Hope
Steven Curtis Chapman
Mike Bowling Group
Scott Wesley Brown
THURSDAY, August 3
Anita Renfroe (comedian)
FRIDAY, August 4
ARTIST 2006 – National Finals Competition Contestants
In addition to the concert-goers, the Rocky Mountain resort town of Estes Park will be the gathering place that week for aspiring songwriters, artists and musicians, who will come from all over the world to be guided and nurtured by seasoned gospel music artists, industry professionals and spiritual leaders. GMA’s 32nd Annual Music in the Rockies event featuring classes, competition, and concerts, distinguishes itself with its emphasis on the spiritual soul in addition to the musical soul of the artist. Event and registration information are online at www.gospelmusic.org.
Many Music in the Rockies seminar registrants will compete in the GMA Academy Artist & Song of 2006 competition, the Christian music industry’s official talent competition for unsigned artists and songwriters. At the National Competition held at Estes Park, artist and songwriter competitors perform live for judging panels made up of top industry A&R, record label and publishing executives. Grand prizes are awarded during the Friday concert to Vocal Solo 2006, Vocal Group 2006, Band 2006, Instrumental 2006, and Song of 2006. The legacy of artists that have been discovered or birthed from the Music in the Rockies and GMA Academy experience include Colorado born Lampa and another of this year’s performers Nordeman, also native of Colorado Springs. Additionally, Michael W. Smith first came to Estes Park as a graduation present from his parents; Stacie Orrico, another native Coloradoan, landed a record deal after performing there in 1998 as did BarlowGirl in 2002. Matthew West, Babbie Mason, Point of Grace and Mark Lowry are also among the many artists who trace their musical heritage to Estes Park.
In addition to the talent competition, GMA’s 32nd Annual Music in the Rockies will feature educational/professional development seminars and music events. Music in the Rockies’ seminars are taught by artists and other industry professionals and cover everything from getting signed by a label to performance techniques to basic tools for songwriting. Aspiring songwriters and artists can also have their song or demo tapes professionally critiqued. Providing spiritual context for Music in the Rockies will be several keynote speakers including Dr. Gary Smalley, Angela Thomas and Louie Giglio. Compassion International www.compassion.com), one of the world’s largest Christian child development organizations working in Africa, Asia, Central and South America and the Caribbean, is the official ministry partner for GMA’s Music in the Rockies.
New for this year, the Artists in Christian Testimony International (A.C.T. Intl) program, “The Artist Unleashed: Arts in Ministry Conference,” which will be extended beyond just music artists to anyone involved in the arts. This program will present strategies of the arts in ministry, ministry skills, and spiritual formation that empower the artistic Christian for ministry.
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