Big Daddy Weave featured at Lassen County Fair’s Celebration of Spirit Night Wed
Concerts by gospel and Christian recording artists are one of the fastest growing segments of fairs and almost every fair features such a concert, according to Lassen County Fair Manager Jim Wolcott.
Last year Wolcott tried to get Lincoln Brewster to perform, but couldn’t work it out in time for the fair, he said.
This year the Fair Advisory Board agreed and Wolcott signed Big Daddy Weave up through Outreach America.
“I think it will be good for the community,” Wolcott said. “Hopefully it will break even. That’s a goal we can achieve.”
Fairs in Siskiyou and Anderson have had Christian concerts for five or six years and it works well, he said. Four churches are selling presale tickets and the fair office has already sold a few.
“It’s different demographic we haven’t tried before,” Wolcott said, adding Big Daddy Weave will appeal to adults and younger people.
A five-man band, Big Daddy Weave’s well-known songs include: “Every Time I Breathe,” “Let it Rise,” “In Christ” and “Without You.” They are signed to Fervent Records.
The band is named for singer/guitarist and primary songwriter Mike Weaver’s last name, and the fact that his weight is above average, according to wikipedia.org. Other members are: guitarist Jeremy Redmon, who doubles as the band's producer, Joe Shirk, on sax and keyboards, Jay Weaver, on bass and drummer Jeff Jones.
Christianitytoday.com calls Big Daddy Weave one of the most popular bands in Christian music.
The Web site claims "One and Only," the group's 2002 debut release quickly cracked SoundScan's Christian Top 5 and Big Daddy Weave earned the band the Dove Award nomination for New Artist of the Year.
The band followed up with "Fields of Grace," in 2003,“a stunning display of pure power pop,” according to Christianitytoday.com and their third CD, "What I Was Made For," “Word of God Speak,” in 2004 “You're Worthy Of My Praise” in 2005, and “Let it Rise,” in 2006. Weave toured in 2006 and this year with Mark Schultz on his Broken and Beautiful Tour.
Its members met in college at the University of Mobile, according to Wikipedia.
“Mike Weaver had been serving as worship leader of a Pensacola, Florida church and attending community college in the area. He came to the university at the urging of his pastor, and studied voice,” the Web site said.
“The worship-centered ‘Every Time I Breathe’ CD is a continuation of what Big Daddy Weave has been all about since the band’s beginning — songs about God and their relationship with Him,” according to the Web site of the band’s recording label Fervent Records.
The band also made numerous appearances over the summer at Promise Keepers events and other festivals, and co-headlined the “In The Name Of Jesus” Tour with Todd Agnew earlier this spring, according to the ferventrecords.com Web site.
“Every Time I Breathe features anticipated originals, the Big Daddy Weave version of “Let It Rise,” and a special presentation of Rich Mullin’s classic, “Hold Me Jesus.” The album is further enhanced with an “Audience of One” instructional guitar video, chord charts, MediaShout lyric files and additional video footage.”
Tickets available at the fair office are $15 festival seats, $12 for box seats, $10 for reserve seats, and $8 for general admission.
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