A concert Sunday is the fastest-selling, sold-out event for a Hays Christian music station.
Worship in the Round, featuring Building 429, Josh Wilson and Christ August, will be at 6 p.m. Sunday at Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center on the Fort Hays State University campus. Doors will open at 5 p.m.
The concert was sold out as of a week ago. KPRD Station Manager Dave Kumer said several of the station’s previous concerts including Third Day, Newsboys and comedian Ken Davis have sold out, but not this quickly.
“We thought there was a chance of it, but as tickets started going in March, we expected to sell out. It was just a matter of when,” Kumer said. “We’ve never had anything sold out two weeks out.”
Building 429 received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album in 2013 for “We Won’t Be Shaken.” Their single, “Where I Belong,” was BMI’s Song of the Year in 2013 after spending 15 weeks at the top of Billboard’s Christian charts.
“It will be nice to see a band of that caliber,” Kumer said.
The band, based out of Fayetteville, N.C., took its name from Ephesians 4:29, which speaks to using one’s voice to build others up.
Texas-raised Wilson was awarded Christian Songwriter/Artist of the Year in 2012 from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and is known for his singles “Savior, Please,” “I Refuse” and “Before the Morning.”
August started as a secular musician, but found success as a Christian artist in 2011, when he was named New Artist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year at the Dove Awards. He also won Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year for “No Far Away” and was nominated for the Song of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year for “Starry Night.”
Unlike most concerts, none of the acts get top billing in Sunday’s concert.
“As the bands describe it, there’s no actual headliner. Normally you see at a concert an opener, followed by another opener, followed by the headliner,” Kumer said. “They’re going to be on stage together for a good portion of it, and they’re going to be singing each other’s songs and inviting the crowd to join with them as they sing.”
“They’re also going to be sharing a lot of stories with the songs, giving some details and some good ministry moments and opportunities.”