Columbus’ Beacon Promotions is bringing popular, three-time Grammy-winning contemporary Christian band Casting Crowns on April 20 to Columbus.
The concert will be in the Columbus North High School gym and be limited to 5,000 tickets for the event, Beacon’s David and Amanda Gregory said.
“We want everybody to have premium views (of the stage),” Amanda Gregory said of the venue that holds about 6,500 for basketball games.
The small Beacon Promotions is contracting with the Greenfield-based Mid-America Sound, one of the nation’s largest event production companies, to build a stage and make other temporary changes to the venue to accommodate the concert.
In the past three years, Beacon, consisting of the Gregorys and Karl and Jamie Evans, has organized concerts with Christian music’s Matthew West, TobyMac and Sanctus Real as headliners. Each of the events has drawn more than 1,000 people from a cross section of churches and denominations.
Event proceeds have supported outreaches such as Love Chapel, the food pantry supported by the Ecumenical Assembly of Bartholomew County Churches.
“This really is a God thing,” David Gregory said.
He pointed out that, in initial discussions, there was no venue here large enough to satisfy Casting Crowns’ management, which normally books small and large arenas.
“They are the biggest thing out there in Christian music,” said Steve Fisher, manager of The Bridge 90.1 FM radio station.
Matt Bond, operations manager for Good Shepherd Radio that operates The Bridge, said the band “has a huge following.” He said he has little doubt the act could fill the gym.
The seven-member group earned its first Grammy in 2006 for the song, “Lifesong.”
It has won two others since then. Its latest songs in rotation on national Christian radio are, “Jesus, Friend of Sinners,” and “Glorious Day.”
The group also performed the title song for the movie, “Courageous.”
The Recording Industry Association of America certified Casting Crowns’ self-titled 2006 debut disc double platinum earlier this year. The band also earned two Billboard Music Awards — one for top Christian artist and one for top Christian album, “Come to the Well” — in August. The awards are based on sales, downloads, chart rankings and radio play.
It also has won two American Music Awards and 14 Dove Awards, Christian music’s top honor.