Winter jam 2013 began with thousands of people gathering at the scotttrade center in st.louis some waiting many hours outside the venue before the doors even opened to enure a seat in the stadium so they could worship together along with the other 18,000 that worshipers that gathered to celebrate and share the word of Jesus through music this years lineup was simply amazing giving a range of ands to ensure that the music was reaching each person in the venue. The artist lineup included Jason Castro ,royal Taylor , capital kings , Jamie grace , new song , sidewalk prophets , red , Matthew west and Tobymac to top off a great lineup.
The nite began with a pre-party jam featuring Jason Castro and new song as well as A few others.The winter jam tour started the real show with Jamie grace who Appeared in the stands and walked down to the stage greeting fans along the way. She but on a great show entertaining the venue with her pop style sound ,while dancing around the stage she ended her set with her hit song "Hold me." Which Tobymac joined her on stage for a duet making the crowd erupt in screams of excitement.
After a brief prayer and stage being setup it was time for sidewalk prophets to take the stage , who has toured with winterjam 3times in four years and you could tell the crowd was pleased to see them again as everyone sang along to each song throughout there set.
Next up was Red and to be honest should have been the headliner or the band before the headliner as they put on a show unlike any other and by far the best of the night , the stage was adorned with large gears giving a steam punk style feel of there setup as well as the steam punk glasses the lead singer wore during the first song , the band took the stage the lights went out and a explosion erupted through the arena with pyro getting the fans on the feet immediately with excitement with the song "feed the machine." From 2011's album until we have faces.
The lead singer Michael Barnes never stood still running and jumping all over the stage while flames shot up from right to left across the stage red is truly nothin but high energy that will leave every fan with adrenaline running through their veins with excitement the ended there set with "Breathe into me." From their upcoming album "Release the panic" before the set ended pyro, sparks , and smoke erupted from the stage all at once making the crowd applaud and scream together.
Next was a brief 20 min intermission along with a inspirational message from "Nick Hall" and then "Matthew west" hitting the stage with a good performance with a lot of spirit in his songs but should have been on before red as the crowd as becoming restless after sucha exciting. Band to one that barely moved around but still put on a great show.
Next up was headliner "Tobymac" who has played winterjam quite a few times and is always a crowd favorite, he began witha high energy set with "Made to love" , "No ordinary love" and "Tonight" plus to add to the excitement he brought out a drumline during one of the songs which the drumline was from a local school in the area the stage was adorned with a huge dj booth the show was very crowd pleasing and ended the nite on a perfect note knowing each fan will remember winter jam 2013 for many years to come if you get a chance make sure to check out winterjam in 2014 when it comes to a city near you and get there early as seats fill up fast since the tour is rated number #1 in America. http://www.jamtour.com/