For the fifth year in a row, 104.7/The Fish brings Atlanta the largest free outdoor concert of the year on Sept. 1 featuring a variety of A-list Christian acts such as Switchfoot, Jars of Clay, Jeremy Camp and Amy Grant.
Teaming with the Atlanta-based Winshape Foundation as a primary sponsor, this massive undertaking is held each year at Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta. Doors open at 7 a.m. and music begins at 8 a.m. The concert ends with fireworks just before 11 p.m.
“It’s a good location as far as where our listener base is,” said Fish program director Mike Blakemore. “There’s a covered roof over the stage if it rains, yet it’s open air all around so you get that outdoor feel. It’s a nice combination.”
Grant – one of the most successful cross-over Christian artists with top 40 pop hits such as “Baby Baby” and “Every Heartbeat” – “has mainstream appeal that may bring in a new audience,” Blakemore said.
The concert draws 40,000 to 50,000 people a year. “We’re hoping for more than 50,000 this year,” said Chad Davis, promotions director for the Fish.
The final four acts will be, in order, Jars of Clay (at around 7 p.m.), Amy Grant (at around 8 p.m.), Jeremy Camp (at about 9 p.m.) and Switchfoot (at around 10 p.m.). Each will get about 45 minutes.
The acts earlier in the day are Sanctus Real, Hawk Nelson, The Afters, Kutless, Leeland, Dara Maclean, Jamie Grace, Jason Castro, for King & Country, Sidewalk Prophets, Jonny Diaz and Montell Jordan with Victory World Music. The final schedule order will be released next week.
Switchfoot was a headliner the past two years as well.
Concertgoers won’t be able to bring in ice chests, food or drinks, but there will be plenty of fair-like food options all day. Chairs, towels and blankets are acceptable.
Tickets are free and available at select BP, Ingles and Kid to Kid locations. You can also print out tickets at www.celebratefreedomatlanta.com.
Winshape Foundation, a non-profit organization that operates foster care homes, holds marriage counseling retreats and hands out college scholarships, is run by Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy and his wife Jeannette.
Celebrate Freedom with Jars of Clay, Jeremy Camp, Amy Grant, Switchfoot and more
Doors open at 7 a.m. Music plays from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday Sept. 1
Free with $5 parking. Jim R. Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road SW, Marietta, 770-528-8875, www.celebratefreedomatlanta.com.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk