It won’t be a traditional concert.
The goal isn’t entertainment, but celebration. Worship.
“It’s a different approach,” said Chris Tomlin, the Grammy and Dove award-winning Christian artist and worship leader who’s bringing his Love Ran Red tour to Kennewick on April 9. “It’s a calling of people together to experience and worship God.”
The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets still are available.
Tomlin is joined on the tour by Rend Collective and Tenth Avenue North — two groups who share his approach.
“We’re always after that celebration,” said Chris Llewellyn of Rend Collective. “Whatever is going on, we can always choose celebration in our struggles. We can always find joy in the middle of our difficulties in life. We’re looking forward to celebrating together.”
Mike Donehey of Tenth Avenue North added that, “Hopefully, anybody who comes will be blessed.”
Tomlin grew up in a small town in Texas and learned guitar from his dad.
Even back then, he loved playing in church, loved hearing other people sing along. “Before I knew what worship music was about — before there was this explosion of worship music in the church — I (loved it),” Tomlin told the Herald.
He now has a Grammy, three Billboard Music Awards, 21 Dove Awards, four gold albums and a platinum album to his name.
He said it was an easy decision to ask Rend Collective and Tenth Avenue North to come on tour.
“If I could have two bands (with me), those are my two choices,” he said. “It wasn’t a management thing, record labels putting it together. It was me personally calling. I’m so thankful they’ve been on the tour — it’s an incredible night of music.”
The Irish band Rend Collective grew out of a Bible study group. Members describe it as a celebration band.
“We’ve been after this idea that seriousness isn’t a fruit of the spirit, but joy is. We’re trying to cultivate that. That doesn’t mean it’s easy or always comes natural. But the joy of the Lord is our strength. Especially in the middle of struggle, we need that strength. Choosing joy has been the heart of the worship for us several years,” Llewellyn told the Herald.
Tenth Avenue North started at a college in Florida — the founding members lived together on 10th Avenue.
Where Rend Collective brings frenetic energy, “we come out and we’re a bit sassier,” Donehey said.
And when Tomlin comes out, “everybody in the place just sings at the top of their lungs.”
“The three things I would say about the show — sonic euphoria, unbridled joy and as the Irish in Rend Collective would say, ‘A whole night of shindiggery,’” Donehey said.
Tomlin said he still gets nervous playing before big crowds, even after years of touring and leading worship.
But it’s a thrill to see people open up, lift their voices to God.
“Being a showman, performer — that’s not what it’s about for me,” Tomlin said. “It’s a massive sound, people singing to God and worshiping God,” he said. “I’m really grateful for that, to be part of that every night.”
Tickets start at $27, not including services fees. Prices go up $5 the day of the show and at the door. Group rates are available. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, at 800-745-3000 and at the Toyota Center box office.
Those purchased through the box office avoid service fees.