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For last week’s Summer Music Guide, I chronicled the creation of Spring Jam Fest, a Christian rock concert conceived by a Jonathan Slye, 17-year-old from Northern Virginia. It took place last weekend, and P.O.D. and Head (of Korn fame) headlined.
In the piece, Jonathan and his family discussed the massive cost of putting together such an enormous event.
High stakes aren’t just the salvation of sinners. “We have to sell at least 3,000 tickets, or we’ll go into debt,” says Jonathan’s mother, Krista. With only a few days left before the big show, they’ve sold around 1,000, but they’re expecting many people will buy tickets at the door. “There is no turning back now,” she says.
I haven’t heard back from Jonathan since the festival—-perhaps he’s busy catching up on schoolwork—-but according to a note on the event’s Facebook page, the Slyes didn’t quite sell enough tickets to break even. P.O.D. and Head are encouraging fans to donate through PayPal to recoup the family’s expenses.
In other news, P.O.D. just canceled the rest of their May and June tour dates “due a contractual breach by the organizing tour promoter,” according to their Facebook page.
CNN recently posted video footage of Spring Jam Fest online along with interviewsSpr, and there are more videos from the show below.
Photo by Darrow Montgomery