Performing in front of over 90,000 screaming fans last spring, two of the industry’s biggest performers Skillet and TobyMac team up together once again for the second leg of the Awake Tonight Tour presented by TobyMac’s Winter Wonder Slam. To kick off the night will be Diverse City’s Shonlock, who will be opening for the two headlining acts, bringing audiences to their feet, and prepping them for the jam packed entertaining night ahead. The highly anticipated 16-city tour will launch November 11 in Springfield, IL and carry through until December 12.
Earlier this year, the Awake Tonight Tour was listed as one of the most popular tours landing in the Top 30 concerts, according to Pollstar’s Concert Pulse. This year, the show is visiting major markets such as Chicago, Minneapolis, and Pittsburg exposing the show to an even greater number of concertgoers.
Keeping the focus on the true meaning of the holiday season, in its sixth year, Winter Wonder Slam will continue the gift of giving as the tour joins forces with the U.S. Marine Corps to help with their Toys for Tots campaign. Toys for Tots aims to provide tangible signs of hope to economically disadvantaged children at Christmas. Attendees are invited to bring an unwrapped gift to the event as Marines will be on site to collect toys at every venue. Each year, Winter Wonder Slam produces multiple sell-outs and sets records for the amount of gifts collected for Toys For Tots.
Winter Wonder Slam Presents Awake Tonight Tour (dates subject to change)
11/11 Springfield, IL – Prairie Capital Convention Center
11/12 Chicago, IL – Sears Centre
11/13 Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
11/14 Sioux Falls, SD – Sioux Falls Arena
11/18 College Station, TX – Reed Arena
11/19 Cypress, TX – Berry Center
11/20 Cypress, TX – Berry Center
11/21 Biloxi, MS – Mississippi Coast Coliseum
12/3 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
12/4 Louisville, KY – Broadbent Arena
12/5 Greenville, SC – Bi-Lo Center
12/9 Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum
12/10 Pittsburgh, PA – Peterson Events Center
12/11 E Rutherford, NJ – IZOD Center
12/12 Salem, VA – TBA
Skillet’s latest, AWAKE, continues to propel the incredible momentum the rock outfit has going for them with a blockbuster debut at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top 200, selling over 67,000 units and peaking at No. 1 on iTune’s “Top Albums” chart and “Top Rock” chart. Already over 530k in scans in just 50 weeks (more than double that of the GOLD selling COMATOSE), AWAKE was Amazon.com’s best selling Christian CD of 2009, and boasts the No. 4 mainstream Active Rock single in the country with “Monster,” which was also AOL Music’s No. 4 mainstream rock song of last year, and the No. 1 Christian CHR & Rock single, “Hero,” which has been used all season long by the NFL in their, Sunday Night Football and NFL Weekend Kickoff promos.
Skillet has toured with the likes of mainstream megastars Creed, Shinedown, Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Seether and Flyleaf, and headlined a slew of major Christian festivals, all followed by solo tours that ranked within Pollstar’s Concert Pulse Top 50 Tours. Along the way, the two-time Grammy®-nominated alternative rockers also scored seven consecutive number one Christian radio singles, a 2008 GMA Dove Award for “Rock Song of the Year,” and a 2009 nomination for Artist of the Year. Along with a trio of singles on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock charts, a pair of BMI Songwriting Awards, and being chosen as Reader’s Poll favorites on several top ccm websites, they also released their first ever concert CD/DVD combo pack “Comatose Comes Alive.” For more information on Skillet, go to: www.skillet.com
With over 10 million in career sales, his first three solo projects receiving RIAA Gold status and GRAMMY® nominations, and TobyMac’s live CD/DVD taking home a GRAMMY® award, the much-celebrated and acclaimed artist recently celebrated his fifth consecutive GRAMMY® nomination with his single “City On Our Knees” receiving a nod for Best Gospel song. The track topped the sales and radio charts faster than any of his previous singles, spending 8 weeks at #1 on the Christian Audience Chart. The single was the first release from TobyMac’s latest, “TONIGHT,” which also garnered him the highest sales debut of his solo career with over 78,000 units and a No. 6 Billboard Top 200 debut. TobyMac’s latest radio single, “Get Back Up,” topped the charts at No. 1 on CHR, AC Monitored and NCA Monitored, and No. 2 AC Indicator.
Along with sold out tour dates, back-to-back radio hits and being named the GMA Dove Award’s 2008 Artist of the Year, The title-track of TobyMac’s latest album was also chosen as the theme song for MLB’s 30 Clubs in 30 Days Spring Training Series and featured on the Golf Channel. In addition, his music has been heard in major motion pictures such as “Hancock,” “TRANSPORTER 2,” while also being featured on Fox sports, The NFL network, being selected as the theme song for Fox College Football, WWE’s Fatal 4-Way Pay-Per-View and “Showstopper” was featured in ESPN’s ESPY Award Show and most recently chosen to launch the new season of CBS hit television show CSI: NY. For more information on TobyMac, go to: http://www.tobymac.com
Deshon “SHONLOCK” Bullock creatively blends influences from Soul, Rock and Urban Rock. His unique sound is sure to resonate with multi-cultural audiences who have long awaited a solid offering from a spiritually-conscious Urban artist. Watch for his new release; “Where Never Begins….” on Arrow Records this fall! For more information on Shonlock please go to: http://www.myspace.com/shonlock
For further details on Winter Wonder Slam’s Awake Tonight Tour, please visit www.winterwonderslam.com.
Although Winter Wonder Slam is not scheduled to come to Colorado, you can still see TobyMac in concert! When: Oct 21
Event: Make A Difference Tour
Where: World Arena Colorado Springs, CO
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