Sat., March 09, The Rock and Worship Roadshow
Sleep Train Arena, 6 p.m., $10
Christian music has come a long way the past few decades. Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant are no longer the cream of the Christian crop, and groups such as Skillet, P.O.D., Switchfoot, Flyleaf and Mute Math have gone mainstream. Consider this: All it took was someone calling a popular radio station in Texas to request MercyMe's “I Can Only Imagine” some years back for that song—and the band—to blow up. MercyMe (pictured) is one of seven bands making up The Rock and Worship Roadshow, and it's perfect for this tour because the group has successfully been combining rock and worship for more than a decade. 1 Sports Parkway, http://therockandworshiproadshow.com.