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Dinner and a Show: The Storytellers Tour Coming to Williamsburg March 3, Singer/Songwriters Jason Gray and Andrew Peterson to Perform, Preceded by a Barbecue Dinner Available to All
March 3, 7 p.m., Worship Room
Dinner & Show Tickets: Barbecue Dinner at 5 p.m., $13 in Advance and $20 at the Door
Concert Tickets Only: $5 in Advance, $10 at the Door
Dinner catered by Chapel Community Cafe ministry
CD's Available at the Resource Center
WILLIAMSBURG, VA - Nationally-acclaimed Christian recording artists Jason Gray and Andrew Peterson will be appearing live at Williamsburg Community Chapel on Sunday night, March 3 at 7 p.m. as part of "The Storytellers Tour." This event is the second in a new series of contemporary Christian music events at the Chapel, following last fall's successful "Downhere" concert event, which drew over 1,000 people.
The March 3 event will be preceded by an optional Barbecue Dinner at 5 p.m. catered by the Chapel's Community Cafe ministry. "Dinner and a Show" tickets (including BOTH dinner AND concert tickets) are $13 in advance and $20 at the door and are available now. General admission (concert-only) tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door and are also available now.
The Storytellers Tour concert marks Jason Gray's second concert appearance in Williamsburg, but first since 2007. It is Andrew Peterson's first ever appearance in Williamsburg, following many visits to the Richmond area as a part of his "Behold The Lamb of God" annual Christmas tour. The format of the concert will be a very intimate and informal evening, with each of the artists performing their songs acoustically while discussing the story behind the songs. It is a format very similar to that seen on MTV's highly successful "Unplugged" television series.
Gray and Peterson are label mates on Centricity Records, frequent collaborators on one another's live and studio projects, and close friends. Their interpersonal dynamic will add greatly to the intimacy of the live performance in Williamsburg, giving the audience a unique glimpse into their songwriters' hearts and lyrical ministries.
"As much as I love Jason's songwriting, and excited as I am about doing these concerts, I'm even more excited about having several weeks of time with one of my dear friends,” explains Peterson. “I don't know anybody who can communicate with an audience like Jason can." “Andrew Peterson has always been one of my heroes,” adds Gray. “He is a truth-teller of the highest order and creates some of the most beautiful music I’ve ever heard."
About Jason Gray
It is Jason Gray's honesty and his willingness to explore both the valleys and mountaintops with equal candor that define his artistry and have made him one of America's most compelling songwriters. A Minneapolis native who has struggled with stuttering, Gray's early years were filled with the pop sounds of Billy Joel and Duran Duran as well as the lyrical poetry of Simon & Garfunkel and the soul searching anthems of U2.
In writing songs for his most recent album, "A Way To See In The Dark", Gray took a less structured approach than in his previous projects. "I used to begin with a theme and write songs around it," Gray relates. "This time around I just wrote whatever came and the themes emerged after the fact. A lot of the songs have to do with fear - that we aren’t enough, or that maybe God isn’t in control...Fear loses its hold of me when I’m confident of God’s love for me and that He is in control."
About Andrew Peterson
Over the last ten years Andrew Peterson has quietly carved out a niche for himself as one of the most thoughtful, poetic, and lyrical songwriters of his generation. More recently he’s also established himself as the grassroots facilitator of an online literary and songwriting community (www.RabbitRoom.com) and an emerging fantasy novelist as well (The Wingfeather Saga). But it's still ultimately that sense of rootedness that listeners, readers and fans seem to respond to most deeply. Andrew's songs (and books) remind us again and again of simple, solid things like love, friendship, hope and redemption.
With the 2012 release of Peterson's ninth studio album "Light for the Lost Boy", Christianity Today reports that the artist has truly come of age. "Peterson's lyrics walk the tightrope of the human condition, at once feeling the crushing weight of mortality and the fierce hope of eternity. After all, the light of redemption shines brightest when set against the darkness of loss." The reviewer concludes that "Peterson draws us deeper into the yearning where life and love are savored against their unavoidable losses - and where glowing hope always remains."
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