Beginning Sunday, Nov. 2, five-time GRAMMY winner Steven Curtis Chapman will host a monthly concert series at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. “Sam’s Place – Music for the Spirit” will provide an evening of multi-genre collaborations from some of the biggest names in not only Christian music, but also country, bluegrass, Americana and more. All of Chapman’s guests will celebrate their faith and the gift of music, regardless of the genre they call home.
Longtime Christian music fans know that “Sam’s Place” is not a new concept. In fact, it became a beloved regular tradition during its five-year run hosted by Gary Chapman between 1994 and 1999. The original “Sam’s Place” welcomed interviews and performances from a variety of popular artists at the time, including Amy Grant, Billy Ray Cyrus, Michael W. Smith, Little Big Town and Faith Hill, among others. Steven Curtis Chapman also performed as part of the original series, and this fall he’ll re-introduce a whole new generation of fans to the time-honored tradition of paying homage to the Ryman Auditorium’s spiritual roots.
After being converted to Christianity at a tent revival led by evangelist Samuel Porter Jones, riverboat captain Thomas Ryman built the Union Gospel Tabernacle in 1892 in an effort to provide a place where more people could experience the Gospel. When Ryman passed away in 1904, Jones himself suggested the Tabernacle be named for the captain. “Sam’s Place” is a nod to the evangelist who helped birth the first revivals held at what we now know today as the Ryman Auditorium.
“Sam’s Place” is set for an initial six-week run with MercyMe, Danny Gokey, Tenth Avenue North, Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott and songwriter Tom Douglas slated as Chapman’s first guests for the debut concert. Artists scheduled to appear at upcoming “Sam’s Place” dates include Ricky Skaggs, Amy Grant, Brandon Heath, Ray Stevens and Third Day, among others.
Tickets range from $27.50-$39.50 with season passes also available for $178 and $198. In addition, a portion of each ticket sale will be donated to Show Hope. Look for K-LOVE to broadcast portions of each “Sam’s Place” on the radio beginning in 2015.
For tickets and additional info, visit www.ryman.com.
Here’s a clip from the original “Sam’s Place,” where Gary Chapman, Susan Ashton and Billy Dean perform:
Steven Curtis Chapman invites you to “Sam’s Place”: