Big Daddy Weave at area concert

Posted: October 26, 2013

The Winchester Star

Big Daddy Weave

Winchester — The Dove Award-winning group Big Daddy Weave will headline a concert in Winchester next week that is garnering a good deal of attention.

The contemporary Christian band is the headliner of the Only Name Tour, which also features Chris August and the group Unspoken.

The concert will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Body Renew Fitness and Family Sports Center (formerly known as the Sportsplex), said Jamison Ford, event and marketing director for the venue.

Ford has been surprised and thrilled to see the large response to the concert not only in the local area but as far away as Leesburg and Harrisonburg. “We have gotten more calls, more questions, and more excitement about the event than any other concert we have had since I came here in 2009.”

Advance tickets are $20 for the Gold Circle and $15 for general admission and $25 and $20 at the door.

Proceeds from the concert will be split three ways between Another Chance Church in Winchester, 2-year-old Raygan Skye Batton, who is fighting neuroblastoma, and CLEAN Inc., a local nonprofit agency that battles drug and alcohol use by teens, Ford said.

The idea for the concert came out of What’s New Worship in Winchester, led by the Rev. Andy Combs. Organizers were talking about a way the church could make an impact on the community but not force religion in people’s faces, he said.

He contacted Big Daddy Weave through the band’s Facebook page and lead singer Mike Weaver worked with Combs to add the Winchester show to its tour.

The song “Redeemed” that he has released features being broken and hurt and making changes but finding God, said Combs of Stephens City. “I think that is a theme that hit what we were talking about and what we wanted to talk about with the community.”

The Only Name Tour started in September and will hit more than 30 cities before it ends Nov. 3, Weaver said.

Big Daddy Weave and August toured together in the spring and were so happy with the results that they decided to do it again, he said. They added Unspoken, which is an up and coming band that brings a “very soulful element.”

Big Daddy Weave has been playing together for 15 years and has released nine albums, according to the band’s website. The group received the Dove Award for Christmas Album of the Year in 2010 and was honored two years in a row at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’s 2003 and 2004 Christian Music Awards.

The band will play a mix of music, including songs from its most recent album, “Love Comes to Life,” which was released in 2012, Weaver said. The album is a “smorgasbord of sounds,” including pop, rock, and acoustic songs.

“What I love about Christian music is it is classified not by the sound but by the lyrics,” he said. “If you think of rock, it is a certain sound. Christian music has every kind of sound. It is a really unique genre because of that.”

August will perform an acoustic guitar set that has been connecting really well with audiences, Weaver said. “He rules it. You never miss that there is not a band out there.”

At the end of the night, more than applause or merchandise sales, Weaver said he hopes that “God would do something in people that will last long after we have been there.”

Information

The Only Name Tour featuring Big Daddy Weave, Chris August, and Unspoken will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Body Renew Fitness and Family Sports Center, 221 Commonwealth Court. Advance tickets are $20 for the Gold Circle and $15 for general admission and $25 and $20 at the door.

For more information, contact 540-533-8705 or go to facebook.com/pages/Big-Daddy-Weave-in-Concert-Winchester-Va-Oct-29th/707264495969801.

— Contact Laura McFarland at lmcfarland@winchesterstar.com