There’s still time for a warm weather dash to Panama City Beach and this weekend is the perfect time to be there. As part of the Convention & Visitors Bureau’s REAL.FUN.MUSIC. promotion, a three-day contemporary Christian music festival will kick off this Friday, August 20 and run through Sunday, August 22. Each evening’s performance will be held from 6-8pm on the beach across from Pier Park. Here’s the full lineup:
POINT OF GRACE
Friday, August 20 Point of Grace will be onstage. This all-ladies trio has nearly twenty years of experience performing together and has become one of the most recognized groups in all of Christian music. These two-time Grammy nominees have sold more than 6.5 million albums and earned 24 consecutive #1 singles, including “Steady On”, “The Great Divide” and “Circle of Friends.” Their concert will also include some of the songs from their newest project, “No Changin’ Us.” See more at: www.pointofgrace.net.
Chris Tomlin takes the stage on Saturday, August 21. Probably his most well-known songs are “How Great is Our God,” “Jesus Messiah,” and “Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone).” Tomlin has won the Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Award for Male Vocalist three times and was also named Artist of the Year in 2007 and 2008. Tomlin’s time on stage will include songs from his latest album, “Passion Awaking,” which features the hit song “Our God.” Find out more at: www.christomlin.com.
MICHAEL W. SMITH & AMY GRANT
Sunday, August 22 promises to double your pleasure with top contemporary Christian artists Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant sharing the stage. Smith has stacked up innumerable awards, including a Grammy for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album; 28 #1 songs; and 40 GMA Dove Awards. He has sold more than 13 million albums and recorded 14 gold albums plus five platinum albums. His performance will include a mix of familiar songs and his latest single release, “Save Me from Myself,” featured on his new project, “Wonder,” which is due out in September. Learn more about Smith and his ministry at: www.michaelwsmith.com.
Grant’s musical career stretches across more than 25 years that include to her credit the sale of over 30 million albums and receipt of six Grammys. Add to that six #1 hits like “Baby, Baby” and “Every Heartbeat,” and you realize why she is one of only two Christian artists ever awarded a star on the legendary Walk of Fame in Hollywood. Fans have been waiting seven long years for Grant to present a new project and she hasn’t disappointed them – songs from her latest release “Somewhere Down the Road” will be a part of Grant’s stage performance Sunday evening. See more at: www.amygrant.com.
Panama City Beach’s CVB is continuing through August 31 with their REAL.FUN.REWARDS. program which offers at participating properties a $50 American Express gift card to visitors staying three nights; $100 cards to those staying four nights; and $200 cards to those staying five nights.
Find additional info and deals on Panama City Beach’s Convention and VIsitors Bureau website: www.VisitPanamaBeach.com.