Tuesday, March 3, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Winter Jam Tour Spectacular plays to packed house

60739_4548576484645_72138733_n

By
From page B6 | November 21, 2012 |

SACRAMENTO — What a difference a year makes.

I attended last year’s Winter Jam Tour Spectacular at Arco Arena (it will always be Arco to me) and while the crowd was decent, it was nowhere near the crammed-to-the-rafters show that took place last weekend.

Winter Jam was started 17 years ago by Christian band Newsong and features numerous artists performing, as well as a speaker and an opportunity to serve those in need. It was brought to the West Coast for the first time last year.

The seating is first-come, first-served and since it is only $10 at the door, the lines were enormous. I went through a special gate for press and members of a club called Jam Nation as I did last year, but in 2011 the line had maybe 20 people. This year there were hundreds.

The MC of Winter jam is Newsong singer Russ Lee, whose humor and homey nature is infectious. Early entrants were treated to a question-and-answer session with a few of the artists. The questions ran the gamut from the serious – a request for prayer for a woman with Lou Gehrig’s disease – to the silly – “who do you prefer between Superman and Batman?” (The latter was unanimous.)

The concert began with Newsong’s Eddie Carswell asking for and receiving a deafening round of applause “for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

The first group to perform was electronic pop duo Capital Kings, who got the crowd moving. They were followed by Dara Maclean, whose pleasing blue-eyed soul sound soared on hits like “Suitcases.”

Fourth place “American Idol” finalist Jason Castro was up next and he received an enthusiastic, screaming teenage-girl response when introduced, but his set was rather lackluster. He was much better singing a delicate duet with Maclean later in the show during the free will offering.

The Group 1 Crew offered up a tasty, funky set next and was the first group to use the dual convex chess board monitors above the stage. They were followed by Newsong, who performed an exquisite version of “Arise, My Love” while a huge curtain in front of them showed a portrait being painted that symbolized Jesus, whose eye dramatically opened at the climax of the song.

A bubbly, sincere set by 20-year old phenom Jamie Grace’s followed and Toby Mac made a guest appearance on her hit song “Hold Me” to the audience’s delight. Chris August’s tight set included “Starry Night” and he was followed by hard rockers Red and their high-energy, pyrotechnic-filled performance. After a break, Sidewalk Prophets performed their hit “You Love Me Anyway” and others.

Winter Jam is about ministry first and foremost and speaker Nick Hall proclaimed the message of love of Jesus Christ to the crowd and later urged all to sponsor a child through World Vision.

Then it was Toby time.

It was hard to believe I had seen him 16 years prior on that same stage as a member of Christian Supergroup DC Talk on the “Jesus Freak” tour. Toby Mac has put out very strong material following the dissolution of DC Talk and his latest, “Eye On It,” released in August, hit No. 1. Still, he is even better live.

Toby Mac stated from the outset that he and his band Diverse City were going to give everything they had and he was true to his word. Favorites like “Tonight,” “City on Our Knees” and “Made to Love” joined new songs like “Eye On It,” “Me Without You” and “Forgiveness.”

The only thing was he didn’t close with the signature Toby Mac number “Jesus Freak,” which is like the Rolling Stones omitting “Satisfaction.” Still, after being served such an exquisite worship feast, I could not complain.

Reach Fairfield writer Tony Wade at [email protected].

Tony Wade

Tony Wade

Tony Wade is the slightly older yet infinitely more handsome brother of long-time DR columnist Kelvin Wade
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 1 comment

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • ReneeNovember 20, 2012 - 1:58 pm

    I got there during Jaime Grace's performance which was excellent. The whole night was inspiring, uplifting, and phenomenal. Hopefully the crowd will be even larger next year!!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

US / World

 
Netanyahu assails Iran deal, touts US-Israel ties

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
‘Naty’ Revuelta, who had daughter with Fidel Castro, dies

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
UN warns against complacency as Ebola fight enters new phase

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Iraq launches operation to retake Tikrit from Islamic State

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Woman with slain Putin critic says she didn’t see his killer

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Storms bring up nearly 3 feet of snow to Lake Tahoe

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
4 people killed, 4 others injured in California car crash

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Federal study: Foster kids struggle to get health screenings

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Mom convicted of killing son, 5, by poisoning him with salt

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Well-liked photo teacher found dead in California classroom

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Budget standoff leaves California college hopefuls in limbo

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Police chief: Man killed on Skid Row reached for gun

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2, 2 Comments | Gallery

Military judge orders overseer of Gitmo cases replaced

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Snowy Boston starts removing parking-space savers

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
.

Opinion

Israelis worry about inequality, not Iran

By Daniel Gordis | From Page: A11, 2 Comments

 
Editorial cartoon: March 3-4, 2015

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A11

Minority outreach that works

By Jennifer Rubin | From Page: A11, 1 Comment

 
.

Living

.

Entertainment

Sara Gilbert welcomes baby boy with wife Linda Perry

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Judge: CeeLo Green in compliance with probation in drug case

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Clive Owen to make Broadway debut in Pinter’s ‘Old Times’

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Television’s ‘Judge Judy’ staying in session

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

Pop channel bringing Daytime Emmys ceremony back to TV

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Julianne and Derek Hough to hit the road again this summer

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3 | Gallery

Ming-Na Wen: ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ role makes me a cool mom

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
TVGrid March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B11

.

Sports

NASCAR falls flat in follow-up to Daytona 500

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Mayweather and Pacquiao to meet only once before fight week

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Michael Schumacher’s son to drive in Formula 4

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
UConn still No. 1 in women’s basketball poll

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Kurt Busch to follow guidelines toward NASCAR reinstatement

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Harrington wins the Honda Classic in a playoff

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Curt Schilling fires back after offensive Twitter posts

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Wild week leads to changes across AP Top 25 poll

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
New Browns QB McCown barely knows Manziel

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Jordan, other NBA owners join Forbes’ billionaire list

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
NFL salary cap increases $10 million to top $143 million

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

A’s switch-pitcher hopes to find spot with Oakland

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Sharks trade Desjardins to Blackhawks for Smith

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

.

Business

Buffett declines to clarify plan to eventually replace him

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
US consumer spending, adjusted for inflation, rose in Jan.

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

Ikea launches furniture with inbuilt wireless chargers

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
Minimum wage in 1 Oakland jumps

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
PayPal to acquire mobile wallet provider Paydient

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

Costco strikes credit card deal with Citi, Visa

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4, 2 Comments

 
Bill Gates repeats at top of Forbes’ list of billionaires

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4 | Gallery

HP’s big deal: Tech giant buys Aruba Networks for $2.7B

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
Dot-com deja vu: Nasdaq tops 5,000, approaching record high

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
.

Obituaries

.

Comics

Wizard of Id March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Peanuts March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Baby Blues March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Baldo March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Get Fuzzy March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Cryptoquote March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Garfield March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Frank and Ernest March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Word Sleuth March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Bridge March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Dilbert March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Beetle Bailey March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Blondie March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
For Better or Worse March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Pickles March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
B.C. March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Crossword March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Rose is Rose March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Sudoku March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Zits March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Sally Forth March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4