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Jars of Clay, FFH, Mark Schultz Open Biggest Night of Joy Weekend

First 3 of 24 Acts Performing Sept. 9-11 at 22nd Annual Disney Event

By

Ben Kolarcik and Justin Unger

Ben Kolarcik and Justin Unger on the Astro Orbiter

Copyright 2003 The Walt Disney Company
Jars of Clay, FFH and Mark Shultz will open the biggest, most talent-laden Night of Joy ever with 7:30 p.m. shows on September 9 in the Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom. When the last notes are played three evenings later, 24 artists will have presented 50 concerts during Disney’s 22nd annual contemporary Christian music event. The September 9-11 schedule also marks the first time Night of Joy has included concerts on Thursday evening.

The complete concert lineup is a veritable “who’s who” of Christian music with names such as Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, Kirk Franklin, Third Day and Jaci Velasquez. Among them, the 24 acts have amassed 174 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards and 21 Grammy Awards, giving new meaning to the term "star studded." The only downside is that with so many amazing artists, you'll have a hard time picking which shows to see!

The Complete Schedule of Shows

THURSDAY, SEPT. 9, 2004

  • Jars of Clay - Cinderella Castle Stage (7:30 p.m. & 8:45 p.m.)
  • FFH - Splash Stage (7:30 p.m. & 8:45 p.m.)
  • Mark Schultz - Galaxy Palace Theater (7:30 p.m. & 9 p.m.)
  • Avalon - Tomorrowland Stage (8:15 p.m. & 9:45 p.m.)
  • Across the Sky - Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café (9:15 p.m. & 11 p.m.)
  • 4HIM - Splash Stage (10:15 p.m. & 11:30 p.m.)
  • Michael W. Smith - Cinderella Castle Stage (10:30 p.m. & 11:45 p.m.)
  • Point of Grace - Tomorrowland Stage (10:30 p.m. & 11:45 p.m.)
  • Jump5 - Galaxy Palace Theater (11:15 p.m.)

FRIDAY, SEPT. 10, 2004

  • Steven Curtis Chapman - Cinderella Castle Stage (7:30 p.m. & 8:45 p.m.)
  • downhere - Splash Stage (7:30 p.m. & 8:45 p.m.)
  • SONICFLOOd - Galaxy Palace Theater (7:30 p.m. & 9 p.m.)
  • Rebecca St. James - Tomorrowland Stage (8:15 p.m. & 9:45 p.m.)
  • Warren Barfield - Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café (9:15 p.m. & 11 p.m.)
  • Skillet - Splash Stage (10:15 p.m. & 11:30 p.m.)
  • Third Day - Cinderella Castle Stage (10:30 p.m. & 11:45 p.m.)
  • Stryper - Galaxy Palace Theater (10:30 p.m. & 11:45 p.m.)
  • Jump5 - Tomorrowland Stage (11:15 p.m.)

SATURDAY, SEPT. 11, 2004

  • Jaci Velasquez - Cinderella Castle Stage (7:30 p.m. & 8:45 p.m.)
  • Jump5 - Splash Stage (7:30 p.m. & 8:45 p.m.)
  • Salvador - Galaxy Palace Theater (7:30 p.m. & 9 p.m.)
  • CeCe Winans - Tomorrowland Stage (8:15 p.m. & 9:45 p.m.)
  • Joy Williams - Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café (9:15 p.m. & 11 p.m.)
  • 12 Stones - Splash Stage (10:15 p.m. & 11:30 p.m.)
  • Kirk Franklin - Cinderella Castle Stage (10:30 p.m. & 11:45 p.m.)
  • Jeremy Camp - Tomorrowland Stage (10:30 p.m. & 11:45 p.m.)

In addition to concerts, Night of Joy features an opportunity to enjoy favorite Magic Kingdom attractions during event hours, 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. each evening (following regular Magic Kingdom closing). There also will be character greetings in Town Square each evening beginning at 7:30 p.m.

One-, two-, and three-night tickets are available. Guests can get tickets or more information by calling 407/W DISNEY or by visiting www.disneyworld.com/nightofjoy on the Internet. Advance tickets are $36.95 (plus tax) for one night, $59.95 (plus tax) for two nights and $79.95 (plus tax) for three nights. Tickets also are available at Florida locations of Family Christian Stores. One-day tickets on event days - if available - are $41.95. The event has been sold out in advance in recent years.

Fully a third of this year’s Night of Joy lineup is new to the event - headed by Jeremy Camp, Christian music’s “New Artist” and “Male Vocalist” of the year. Others playing the Magic Kingdom for the first time are Across the Sky, Mark Schultz, FFH, Skillet, SONICFLOOd, Warren Barfield and 12 Stones. On the other side, Michael W. Smith is making his ninth appearance (equaling Petra for most Night of Joy appearances).

A total of 96 different acts have been showcased at Night of Joy since the event’s inception in 1983. A hallmark of the event has been musical diversity, and 2004 is no exception with Rock, Pop, Alternative, Gospel, Urban and Latin styles showcased. A combined audience of nearly 800,000 people has enjoyed the musical variety over the years.

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