Hillsboro Stadium to host Christian concert
Thousands are expected to pack Hillsboro Stadium for a first-of-its-kind Christian rock and hip hop concert Sunday evening.
Good News Today, a Christian rock concert sponsored by local churches and Christian businesses, brings Two-time Grammy Award winning hip hop artist Lecrae to Hillsboro, alongside musicians Phil Wickham and Hollyn for the free concert, which kicks off at 6 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 12 at Hillsboro Stadium, 4450 N.E. Century Blvd.
The concert will also feature a message from Jose Zayas, the pastor at 26 West Church in Hillsboro.
The concert features an eclectic mix of Christian artists, including LeCrae, an Atlanta-based rapper who won the Grammy for Best Gospel Album in 2013 and Best Contemporary Christian Performance for his song "Messengers" in 2015.
Wickham, a contemporary Christian singer and songwriter from San Diego, has performed all over the world, including Soul Survivor in the United Kingdom. Hollyn — born Holly Marie Miller — is a Christian singer and songwriter who competed on the FOX reality competition "American Idol" in 2013. She released her first studio album last year.
"The concert's mix of hip hop, contemporary, and pop music by these Christian artists is sure to delight not only the artists' significant fan base, but newcomers to the music as well," said Karen Eubanks, a spokeswoman for the show's organizers.
The concert is free, but attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food or cash donations for the Oregon Food Bank, to help families in Washington County.
"We wanted to help our local community in a tangible way," Eubanks said. "Last spring, we met with the Mayor of Hillsboro to discuss community needs and choose the Oregon Food Bank as a beneficiary."
The concert is a collaboration between local churches and businesses, Eubanks said, and is expected to draw large crowd to Hillsboro. The Tanasbourne Chick-fil-A restaurant, one of the concerts' sponsors, has been promoting the event at its restaurant, passing out more than 40,000 flyers about the concert to customers over the past month, Eubanks said.
Gates open at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 12, with food vendors and merchandise booths available. Eubanks encourages people interested in attending Sunday's concert to arrive early. Wristbands will be distributed at the gate so as not to exceed capacity, organizers said.