On Sunday May 3, 2015, Arise New York returns to Central Park for the eighth time with a Christian concert featuring performances by the soulful rhythm and blues group White Ribbon Day, singer and songwriter Jeannie Ortega, hip hop rapper Gauge, fraternity-style step group the Nubian Gents, and presentations by international evangelist and inspirational speaker Chris White.
The event takes place at the Naumburg Bandshell from 11am to 3pm and is free and open to the public. Besides electrifying worship and stirring messages from the stage, other activities on the plaza will include pool table trick shot demonstrations, face and nail painting, and arts & crafts for children. A book table will offer a wide selection of Christian publications and Bibles. The Naumburg Bandshell is located near the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park. Enter the park at 72nd Street and 5th Avenue on the East Side or at 72nd Street and Central Park West on the West Side.
Contemporary Christian radio station K-LOVE 96.7 FM (www.klove.com) is a media partner and will be on-site at the event. NY CityServe and NY CityFest of the Luis Palau Association are co-sponsors of the event.
White Ribbon Day has a strong, vocal-driven, R&B influenced pop sound, and front man Zach Blickens is an experienced evangelist. With On the Go Ministries of Nashville, TN, the band ministers in worship services, outreaches, schools, orphanages, and large scale festivals across the world, and has seen more than 16,000 people make decisions for Jesus.
Jeannie Ortega - After attaining her childhood dream of becoming a successful secular pop artist that included opening for Rihanna, Jeannie realized that a life of fame and fortune without God was not real life. In 2010, Jeannie shared about her transformation in God on the Christian cable network, TBN, and performed her original song "Savior."
Gauge - Brooklyn born artist Gauge is a revolutionary MC, whose passionate faith based lyrics are being praised throughout the country and around the world for the message of hope they inspire. In 2014, Gauge bared his soul on his "Going Back" track to declare his calling to reach the lost and not be a bench warmer within the church.
Nubian Gents - In 1994, Queens-based educator Lamont O'Neil became acutely aware of the crisis confronting teenage men, and decided to introduce these young men to a fraternity-style step group to give them positive and productive affiliation. Today, the group travels worldwide, performing in schools, churches, community organizations and prisons.
Chris White is a NYC-based evangelist, active in the US and Latin America, as well as on colleges. Chris is a graduate of Yale and Columbia Teachers College, is part of the Next Generation Alliance of the Luis Palau Association, and is NYC DirectorforCampusRenewal. He has written Come Follow Me: Becoming Disciples and Members of the Body of Christ.
For more information visit: http://arisenewyork.org/.