Be prepared to be moved as Christian Rock Band Third Day heads to the Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown at 7 p.m. March 26.
The multi-platinum album selling band, which released its first project in 1996, was influenced by Lynyrd Skynyrd, U2 and Rich Mullins. The original band members vocalist Mac Powell and acoustic guitarist Mark Lee started the group their senior year in high school. Bassist Tai Anderson, drummer David Carr and lead guitarist Brad Avery later joined the band.
Since then, the band has produced 16 albums, 25 hit singles and received Grammy and Dove awards.
(Courtesy photo) Mark Lee is a member of the band Third Day.
A large turnout is expected for the concert at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena.
"Their music is awesome. They're one of my favorites. They have a lot of great older hits," said Susan Lucas, marketing manager for the Cambria County War Memorial Arena.
They have a new album that was recently released. Titled "Move," Third Day's newest album encourages fans to take action and follow God.
According to the band's website, "Move" is a follow-up to the 2008 album "Revelation," which focused on asking God for direction.
The Make Your Move Tour will focus on Third Day's message to go in that direction.
"Their concerts are always awesome. They're always praising the Lord. You get a warm feeling inside," said Janelourie Werner, sales and marketing coordinator for Generation Exodus, the company that promotes Third Day.
Kevin Braun, foundation president of Generation Exodus said the crowd will be diverse at the concert.
"Third Day has released rock albums and Christian worship albums. So fans range from church youth groups, to college-aged young adults, to moms and dads. You will see a great mix of all of these fans at a Third Day show," Braun said.
Opening the show is Tenth Avenue North, which released its Billboard charting album "The Light Meets the Dark" in May.
"Tenth Avenue North has their own headlining tour and toured with Casting Crowns last year," Braun said.
The concert will be the fourth Christian music concert in 15 months at the War Memorial Arena.
"We have gotten a good, strong, consistent response with the Christian shows. When we have that type of community support, we can continue to bring that type of show," Lucas said.
"We have a following and the community is supporting that genre of music."
Ticket prices start at $25 or $15 for groups and are available at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena box office, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. Group ticket sales are only available at the box office or at 536-5156.