tobyMac and Skillet team up for the 'Awake Tonight Tour'

January 15, 2010 Abby Eddy


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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Contemporary Christian musicians tobyMac and Skillet will join forces for the "Awake Tonight Tour" at 7:30 p.m. March 5 in Purdue University's Elliott Hall of Music. The show is presented by Purdue Convocations.

tobyMac (Toby McKeehan) has won numerous Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, including Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year in 2002 ("Momentum") and 2005 ("Welcome to Diverse City"); and Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year in 2008 ("Portable Sounds"). His fourth album, "Tonight," will be released Feb. 9.

Before becoming a solo artist, tobyMac was part of the Christian pop group dc Talk.

Skillet has released six albums since the group was formed in 1996. The group's latest album, "Awake," was released in August and climbed to No. 1 on Billboard's Alternative chart and to No. 2 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart. "Comatose," from the album of the same name, earned Skillet a Dove Award for Rock Recorded Song of the Year in 2008.

Skillet band members are, from left, Jen Ledger, John Cooper, Korey Cooper and Ben Kasica.

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Gold zone tickets are $75,  Zone A tickets are $40 and $25 for Zone B; prices include a facilities fee. Tickets go on sale to Purdue and Ivy Tech Lafayette students and Purdue faculty, staff and retirees with a current identification card at 10 a.m. Jan. 28 at the Elliott Hall of Music and Stewart Center box offices or by calling 765-494-3933. Tickets for the general public go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 29 through campus box offices and Ticketmaster (800-745-3000 or Friends of Convocations may order advance tickets Friday (Jan. 15) through Jan. 22 by calling 765-494-9712. Group discounts start at $10 per person for groups of 10 or more. Call 765-496-1977 for more details.

Initiated in 1902, Purdue Convocations is among the oldest collegiate professional performing arts presenters in the United States. Each year, Convocations offers the region 30-40 performances of widely varying genres: Broadway-style shows, theater, dance, children's theater, world music, jazz and chamber music, along with rock, pop, country and comedy attractions. With a vision for connecting artists and audiences in artistic dialogue and for drawing in academic discourse, Purdue Convocations aims to promote frequent exposure to, and familiarity with, human cultural expression in a multitude of forms and media.

Media contact:  Abby Eddy, 765-494-5045,