Winter Jam, A Concert Like No Other

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Jason Kruse

In Amalie Arena, hundreds of people scurry along to find their seats in anticipation for Winter Jam 2016.

Jason Kruse, Staff Writer

  Winter Jam is an annual tour across the United States that features the biggest names of Christian music. The Tampa Bay area has become one of their biggest stops.

  With ticket prices starting off as low as $10, thousands of Christians gather for Winter Jam at the Amalie Arena.

  In previous years, bands like Skillet and Family Force 5 have performed for this event. What makes this concert unique from others concerts is not just the affordable ticket prices, but the message it conveys.

  Francesca Battselli, a Christian song writer says, “Winter Jam is not about the artists that people come to hear sing, but about the man in our songs.”

  This year, Winter Jam was sponsored by Holt International. The lineup included Lauren Daigle, Tedashii, KB, For King and Country, RED, Crowder and Matthew West.

  Lexie, an HCC student who attended Winter Jam for the first time, expressed that Winter Jam is not just unique in terms of music, but the guest speaker they had for that night was absolutely inspiring.

  Another attendee was Adam, a renlisted US Navy sailor, who said his experience attending Winter Jam is unique, and provides a chance to worship with thousands of brothers and sisters.

  Both Lexie and Adam attended the event together, and waited for five hours out of pure determination. They expressed that the one thing that people should be aware of when attending Winter Jam are the protests.

  They shared that the protesters, although within their rights, were not only annoying, but did not relay the message Winter Jam is about.

  Overall, both felt Winter Jam is an event worth attending. For the low price of $10 a ticket, students and thousands of others can come together for one night and be part of something bigger.

  Lexie added, “Winter Jam is defiantly more than just an event. It is a night where one can be passionately on fire, because it’s not about the artists or the popular songs, but about Jesus, the man in those songs, and if anyone loves music, this is definitely an event to come to.”