MUSIC

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

CHRISTINA CONCERT TO OFFER MORE THAN MUSIC

Christian concert to offer more than music

KATHRYN KENNEDY HERALD STAFF WRITERROANOKE RAPIDS

Event managers at Carolina Crossroads are planning to transform an Aug. 19 Christian rock concert into an all-day activity for residents and visitors.
The 14th annual Ducky Derby will be hosted by the Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at River Falls Park in Weldon that day. But once their gates close, the music begins.Veteran Christian artist Steven Curtis Chapman, along with opener Third Day, a platinum-selling Christian rock band from Georgia, will perform that evening at Carolina Crossroads.According to Events Coordinator Elizabeth Branham, organizers have contacted approximately 3,500 local churches, inviting their congregations and youth groups to attend the concert. She said the response so far had been positive.Similar to the Big and Rich concert in June, there will be vendors and interactive activities from PartyTown USA on site, as well as remote-controlled race cars and electric bull-riding.Branham said Carolina Crossroads has also been receptive to comments left after the previous concert, will add an additional opening band by next week and will host the Musical Disciples, a local gospel group, on a secondary stage. This is in response to requests to have “music from the time people walk in the gates.”For this particular event, they'll host a T-shirt and banner design contest for the youth, as well as advertising special ticket pricing for groups of 50 or more.The Christian concert is the first of several efforts to present a well-rounded schedule of performers, said Branham, despite Carolina Crossroads being billed as a country music venue.“We're trying to be really open-minded about entertainment opportunities,” she said.Regular ticket prices are $20 for lawn seats, $25 for gold seating and $35 for platinum seating. The group ticket sales will receive a $5 per ticket discount and can only be bought at the Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce.