A show that creates a time of worship, ministry and unity is coming to Johnstown.
Big Church Night Out will perform at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at the 1st Summit Arena @ Cambria County War Memorial, 326 Napoleon St., downtown Johnstown, and the concert will feature some of the top Christian recording artists.
The show will include Grammy-nominated Newsboys along with Sidewalk Prophets, 7eventh Time Down, Derek Minor, Blanca, Adam Agee of Audio Adrenaline, worship leader Jamison Strain and hosted by Jeremy Willet.
“When families, friends and neighbors take time out of their busy lives to come together and join as one in worship, that is the church,” said Michael Tait, lead singer with the Newsboys.
“That is the makings of one big night, and we could not be more thrilled to be a part of it.”
Christian rock band Newsboys was founded in 1985 in Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia.
The band has released 17 studio albums, six of which have been certified gold.
In addition to performing music, the band has appeared in the films “God’s Not Dead” and “God’s Not Dead 2.”
“The Newsboys have been on the road since the ’90s, so it’s very neat that we have the opportunity to bring them in,” said Steve St. John, general manager of 1st Summit Arena.
“They are extremely popular.”
Sidewalk Prophets is a contemporary Christian music band from Nashville, Tennessee.
The group won the 2010 GMA Dove Award for New Artist of the Year.
Christian rock band 7eventh Time Down released its debut album, “Alive in You,” on Sept. 13, 2011.
Hard-hitting rap and hip-hop artist Derek Minor has released six albums, including “Reflection” in 2016.
Puerto Rican-born American contemporary Christian artist Blanca released her debut extended play album “Who I Am” in January 2015.
Audio Adrenaline frontman Adam Agee joined the Christian rock band in 2015 when the band released its 10th studio album “Sound of the Saints.”
St. John said since he’s been working at the arena, Christian rock music has been one of the most-requested genres.
“Everybody’s been asking when we would get Christian music back,” he said.
“I’ve always had decent relationships with Christian rock promoters, so this opportunity came up and I thought it would do very well here.”
He said the response from youth groups buying group tickets has been phenomenal.
“We’ve exceeded our allotment of group sales and gone back to the promoter over and over to increase the availability of tickets to be sold,”
St. John said.
“We’ve been very pleased with that part, but we still have quite a few tickets left. We look for it to finish up strong in the last couple weeks.”
Tickets range from $25 to $100.
To order tickets, call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
Tickets also are available at the 1st Summit Arena @ Cambria County War Memorial box office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
Kelly Urban is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter @KellyUrban25.