Rain or Shine, the Show Must Go On

Fans overcome foul weather to hear Mandisa sing at Tysons.

— Stormy weather could not dampen the spirits of hundreds of Mandisa fans gathered at Tysons Corner Center Friday evening to watch a music star sing in the rain.

The three-time Grammy Award nominee and 2014 winner did not disappoint as fans danced beneath umbrellas while watching her perform through their smartphones.

The program started with Mandisa’s 2011 song “Stronger” and ended with her title hit from the 2013 recording “Overcomer,” which earned the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album.

Mandisa made her music breakthrough in 2006 as a contestant on the television talent competition “American Idol,” according to her online bios.

Before the concert started, WGTS radio listeners helped fill nearly five cargo vans with in-kind donations of diapers, baby wipes and Metro cards for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and family homelessness through Arlington charity Doorways For Women and Families — according to the non-profit organization’s fundraiser Christy Cole. Learn more about their program at doorwaysva.com.

The event kicked off the summer concert series for the WGTS “91 Days of Summer” promotion and is fourth in the mall’s outdoor performance schedule. Also, it was part of the radio station’s free ice cream tour at a new stop every week throughout the District, Maryland and Virginia.

2018 Summer Concert Series at Tysons Corner Center

The 2018 summer concert series is held Friday evenings from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the plaza at Tysons Corner Center June 1 through July 27. The outdoor performance lineup:

July 6 — Kicking Sunrise warms up the crowd for boy band O-Town

July 13 — Keelan Donovan opens for Matt Nathanson

July 20 — Ocean Park Standoff is opened by the mall’s National Anthem contest finalists

July 27 — Contemporary Christian band Sidewalk Prophets also caps the WGTS 91.9 summer concert series.

Admission is free of charge.

Concert goers can take the Metrorail Silver Line to Tysons Corner and simply walk above Chain Bridge Road to the plaza by the VITA high-rise apartment building and the Lord & Taylor department store. Several bus lines also stop at the mall. Free parking is available in several lots at 1961 Chain Bridge Rd. in Tysons Corner. Call the mall concierge at 703-997-0950.

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