SALT LAKE CITY — A clean, affordable concert in a large venue can be hard to come by these days, but Winter Jam West Coast 2017 promises to bring all three to the stage on Nov. 15 in Salt Lake City. Featuring a variety of Christian singers in genres from rock to country to hip-hop, the concert has a sampling of songs for music lovers of all kinds.
“It’s really just meant to be a spread a cornucopia of music,” said hip-hop artist Andy Mineo, who will be performing at the event, and whose album “Uncomfortable” reached No. 1 on Billboard for Top Christian Albums in 2015. “There’s a little bit of something for everybody.”
According to Shannon Habas, media relations director for Premier Productions, the family friendly atmosphere and $15 price of the show is unbeatable. And since tickets are available at the door, Winter Jam can also avoid additional fees.
“We’re trying to offer an alternative to mainstream entertainment and an alternative to the high price in entertainment,” Habas said. “We still want to keep it accessible for someone who can’t ordinarily afford a higher-priced concert.”
Additionally, Mineo said Winter Jam comes at a meaningful time, when many are suffering from depression, fear and anxiety. Referencing the recent shooting in Texas on Sunday, he added that an inspirational concert has never been more needed.
“The performers are often using their voices to encourage people towards hope and I think we’re living in a time where it’s really easy to be discouraged,” he said. “So, if there’s any time for people to intersect with music and art, faith and hope, I think now’s the time.”
Winter Jam will also feature evangelist preacher and motivational speaker Nick Hall, who will add an element of Christian doctrine to the faith-filled theme of the event.
“It is evangelistic in nature in that we’re going to have a speaker who will offer an opportunity to people to recommit their lives to the Lord, or an opportunity for them to become Christians for the first time,” Habas said.
While Winter Jam is unique in that it puts Christian music in the spotlight, Mineo said authentic musicians often work their beliefs into their lyrics.
“I think people are really more interested in what’s meaningful,” he said. “And I think the artists that are brave enough to go into those spaces will in some way talk about their thoughts and beliefs on faith, and God and death. I don’t think it’s as much of a taboo anymore as it used to be, and I’m glad that it isn’t, because that’s a real part of human existence.”
Other artists performing at Winter Jam include Christian hip-hop recording artist Lecrae, who has won two Grammy Awards since 2013. Christian rock band Building 429 and country singer Mac Powell will also be performing on the tour.
If you go
When: Wednesday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m., doors open 6 p.m.
Where: Maverik Center, 3200 S. Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City
How much: $15 at the door