Kim and I (and a few other adults) went to the Winter Jam 2011concert in Greensboro as chaperones with about 25 youth from our youth group. Clearly this event has continued to grow in popularity since Kim and I last went in 2008. Construction on 3 sides of the coliseum did not help to lessen the confusion and congestion getting to the event or inside the event. Greensboro was a record breaking attendance at 23,000 attending and many more were turned away with no room and no seat.
This years performance included Chris Sligh (former American Idol contestant), Chris August (famous for the Candy Song), Sidewalk Prophets, KJ-52, Red, Francesca Battistelli, Kutless, David Crowder Band and Newsboys (with new lead singer Michael Tate). Of course NewSong hosted the event with speaker Tony Nolan.
The last time we went to this event it was in 2008 with front row seats as the Winter Jam Supper Fan winners with radio station WBFJ. So this was event was quite different for us. We probably didn’t get there as early as we could have and it was more then a challenge to manage that many youth through the crowd, get good seat and not loose any. Because of the construction, I believe they were using 2 or 3 different entrances and it was clear to us by the time we were able to look into the arena, that other doors were opened earlier… it looked to be 50% full already.
Well the youth seemed to really enjoy the concert and the different bands. Below are a few pictures from the event. Pick an image below and click on it. Then you can advance next and previous through the rest of them.
Jeremy and I went to the Youth Pastor / Youth Leader meeting and got to meet a few of the band members.
Jon Micah (Kutless lead singer)
Peter Furler (NewsBoys drummer)
Yes… the platform for NewsBoys drummer is raised, tilted and spinning…
Pictures from WinterJam 2008: