HOLLAND – Want to have fun outdoors with the family this summer?
For seven Wednesday evenings between June and September, Ridge Point Community Church brings renowned rock, country and former Christian bands to town in a summer concert series for the Dutch community in partnership with the radio station Christian Joy 99.3.
Performers will take the stage at The Backyard, an amphitheater built on a hill just behind the Ridge Point Church building, 340 104th Ave., Holland.
On the lineup are two nationally recognized Christian artists, singer-songwriter Brandon Heath and third-day lead singer-turned-solo artist Mac Powell.
The concert series will begin on Wednesday June 2 with the Moses Mares Band and street performers Holland.
Mares, Weekend Gathering Pastor at Ridge Point, said the June 2 show would be similar to a variety show, with covers of popular hits, new and old, performed by his band and several local artists who are regulars at the Street Performer series from Downtown Holland.
On June 16, the West Michigan Musical Ensemble Hark Up! will deliver a traditional big band sound with vocals, performing both Christian and secular music.
Brandon Heath is scheduled for July 7. Heath, a Christian singer and songwriter, has been nominated for five Grammy Awards in the Gospel and Contemporary Christian categories.
On July 21, Nashville-based native Grand Rapids country group the Kari Lynch Band is scheduled to perform.
The Tony Bakker Band will perform a mix of rock, country and oldies at a concert on August 4th, Grand Rapids-based Tom Petty tribute band The Insiders will be in town on August 18th to perform their covers of the Rock and roll and Mac Powell legend concludes the concert series with a performance on September 1.
Powell was a founding member of Christian rock band Third Day, which disbanded in 2018, and released four albums independently, as a solo artist and with his band Mac Powell and the Family Reunion.
Mares said the summer concert series was meant to be a gift to the community and an invitation to have fun and relax as a community after the challenges of the last year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s just about creating an opportunity for people to connect with each other,” said Mares. “And more than ever, we need to have connection opportunities, because the last year and a half has been crazy.”
Ridge Point Community Church developed its campus into a family and community space, a project that included the amphitheater, a natural playground built by the Outdoor Discovery Center, walking trails, and a small outdoor sports complex.
For the first concert dates, entry will be limited to 600 people.
Tickets cost $ 5 per person and $ 20 for a family. Season tickets can be purchased for $ 30. Tickets are available at itickets.com/thebackyard.
Food trucks and a beer and wine tent will be available at the church. Customers cannot bring their own alcohol.
Participants should bring their own lawn chairs or picnic blankets.
Vicki Ekdom, concert coordinator, said the church was able to keep the cost of community tickets low thanks to sponsorships from Connan Inc., Hoekstra Electrical Services, Macatawa Radiant Inc. and EV Construction.
Ridge Point plans to make Music in The Backyard an annual concert series.