Sweetland Amphitheatre gears up for two major concerts

Published 6:58 pm Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Sweetland Amphitheatre will be amped-up for a major weekend with major performances on Friday and Saturday night.

Friday will be crowded with the music of three time Grammy nominee and Christian artist David Crowder. Crowder has sold over three million records and his first solo album, Neon Steeple, debuted at number eight on the Billboard 200, was named iTunes 2014 Christian Album of the Year, garnered two Grammy nominations, a Grand Ole Opry debut, a Dove Award and numerous K-LOVE Fan Award Nominations. His other albums — “American Prodigal” and “I Know a Ghost” — have likewise garnered praise, with “American Prodigal” receiving a Grammy nomination and rocking the Christian music charts.

But the excitement won’t stop there. Saturday’s show will feature a duet performance by Rock and Roll and Blues Hall of Fame artist Mavis Staples and R&B musician Anderson East.

Staples is an Illinois-born musician who has sung with both with her family’s band, The Staple Singers, and as a solo artist. Now entering her eighth decade of performances and having received multiple Grammy nominations, Staples has received much recognition for her work and her album “You Are Not Alone” won Best Americana Album in the 53rd annual Grammy Awards in 2011.

Singing alongside Staples will be Anderson East. East is originally from Athens, Alabama, but is currently residing in Nashville, Tennessee. His most recent album, Encore, debuted at number one on Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart.

Gates for both events will open at 7 p.m., and tickets can be purchased from the  Sweetland Amphitheatre website.