– credit The Topeka Capital-Journal
by Phil Anderson
Not that long ago, Jordan Feliz was working as a valet, parking other people’s cars at a swanky Nashville hotel.
These days, he’s relaxing on a tour bus as a featured act on the Winter Jam 2018 tour, letting someone else do the driving.
Feliz, who made a giant splash on the Christian music scene with his 2015 song “The River,” will be a featured artist when Winter Jam 2018 comes at 7 p.m. Friday, March 16, to Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd. in the Power and Lights District of downtown Kansas City, Mo.
Speaking by phone on a recent Friday morning from the bus’s lounge, the 28-year-old Feliz was in an upbeat mood, as the tour bus was rolling toward Pittsburgh for a concert that night.
“It’s been crazy, but it’s good,” said Feliz, a native of Clovis, CA, who is married and has a young daughter.
In addition to Feliz, the 2016 Dove Award-winner for New Artist of the Year, other featured acts for this year’s Winter Jam include Skillet, Kari Jobe, Building 429, KB, Nick Hall, Hollyn, NewSong and comedian John Crist. A pre-jam party will feature Dan Bremnes, Mallary Hope and Westover.
This is the first Winter Jam for Feliz, who said the tour is “honestly even better” than he thought it would be.
The crowds, Feliz said, “are huge. It’s crazy to see how many people show up. It’s really amazing. They mark it on their calendar a year in advance and they’re ready to crush it with us every night.”
Winter Jam is unique on several fronts, not the least of which is the relatively low admission cost of $15. It’s cash only at the door.
It is considered the biggest Christian music tour in the world and one of the biggest musical tours of any musical style. Sellout crowds are the norm, and the tour visits some of the largest arenas in the nation. Artists appear in rapid-fire fashion, each performing three or four songs before making way for the next act.
Shows are held on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from January through March, primarily in the Midwest, southeast and eastern portions of the United States. A similar tour, “Winter Jam West Coast,” takes place during the fall in western states.
“It’s a really eclectic show,” Feliz noted. “There’s a lot of different styles of energy.”
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Winter Jam Tour Spectacular continues this weekend through the end of March. For all the dates and details go to www.jamtour.com
Mar 16 – 7:00PM Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO
Mar 17 – 6:00PM Chesapeake Energy Arena – Oklahoma City, OK
Mar 18 – 6:00PM Fort Worth Convention Center – Fort Worth, TX
Mar 22 – 7:00PM James Brown Arena – Augusta, GA
Mar 23 – 7:00PM Colonial Life Arena – Columbia, SC
Mar 24 – 6:00PM PNC Arena – Raleigh, NC
Mar 25 – 6:00PM Bon Secours Wellness Arena – Greenville, SC
Mar 29 – 7:00PM Peoria Civic Center – Peoria, IL
Mar 30 – 7:00PM Allstate Arena – Rosemont, IL
Mar 31 – 6:00PM Rupp Arena – Lexington, KY