Jars of Clay is bringing its award-winning Christian rock music back to the Western Montana Fair with a 6 p.m. performance Tuesday.
Missoula County Fairgrounds’ marketing and events coordinator Jeri Delys said Leon Young and Matt Maher will open for the band.
Jars of Clay got its start in the early 1990s, when band members Dan Haseltine, Steve Mason, Charlie Lowell and Matt Bronleewe met at Greenville College in Illinois.
The band has been nominated for and won several awards, including Grammy Awards and GMA Dove Awards, a Christian music award. The band has 17 No. 1 radio hits, numerous film credits, and has headlined numerous sold-out concerts and festivals.
Their song “Waiting For The World To Fall” was released as a single on the album, “Music Inspired by The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” a collection of songs by Christian artists that fit the theme of the movie.
Their new album, “Inland,” is set for release Aug. 27.
Young is a native Montanan, singer/songwriter and worship leader at Sovereign Hope Church. He has been making music for 10 years, having released four independent albums since 2003.
Maher is a Christian songwriter and worship leader hailing from Newfoundland, Canada, who now lives in Tempe, Ariz. He has written and produced six solo albums, three of which have appeared in Billboard’s Top 25 Christian Albums. Four of his singles have reached the Top 25 Christian Songs list.
Tickets to the show cost $16 for adults (ages 16 and older), $12 for students (ages 5 to 15) and free for children of 4 and younger.
Aside from the concert, Delys also said fair-goers ages 18 and older will have opportunities to see free musical performances in the beer garden from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The performing bands will include Shane Clouse on Wednesday, Russ Nasset and the Revelators on Thursday, the Mark Duboise Band on Friday and Northern Lights on Saturday, artists whom Delys called “local favorites.”
Clancy D. Crismore is a University of Montana journalism student and an intern at the Missoulian.