NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–From the high decibel sounds of Superchic to the boy band stylings of True Vibe, hundreds of contemporary Christian music fans who couldn’t get tickets to the Dove Awards turned out for the next best thing — a rocking, energetic street party inside a mall adjacent to the Grand Ole Opry.
The Dove Award warm-up party was hosted by the Gospel Music Association and Christian Hit Radio Way FM and featured Essential’s True Vibe, Dove nominees Superchic, and Justifide.
Hundreds of fans, some who traveled as far as Puerto Rico, raised their hands in celebration as they turned the mall into a Christian concert hall and sang along with their favorite artists.
“This party is really cool,” said Mike Bruneau, of Cassopolis, Mich. “Especially for people like me who can’t afford to go to the Dove Awards.”
Eileen Febus, of Puerto Rico, said the party was “really good. I’m just here to party all night with these guys.”
Another Christian music fan, Shaun McDowell, of Franklin, Tenn., told Baptist Press that he “loved Superchic.”
“The energy they associate with their concerts forces you to jump, raise your hands in the air and be energetic,” he added.
The concert attracted a diverse audience of music fans, from teenagers to a few grandparents. One little girl got a bird’s eye view of the show perched on her father’s shoulders.
This marked the first year that the Dove Awards hosted a party for fans outside the Grand Ole Opry venue.