NORMAL - At the same hour former born-again Christian rocker Bob Dylan is serenading the secular crowd at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum, still-active Christian rocker TobyMac will be entertaining his flock in Illinois State University's Braden Auditorium.
The veteran alumnus of the Christian rock-rap group dc Talk is bringing his "Portable Sounds Tour" to the venue at 7 p.m. Oct. 20, the same time and date for the Dylan-Elvis Costello show across town.
Tickets are $20 advance, $22 the day of the show and $25 for Artist Circle seating. They are now on sale via area Ticketmaster outlets and the Braden box office.
Also on the "Portable Sounds" bill are special guests BarlowGirl and Thousand Foot Krutch, each making waves on the Christian rock and hip hop scene.
TobyMac holds the distinction of being one of the few artists to perform a concert in ISU's Redbird Arena in recent years, back in January 2005 (along with the Newsboys).
The only other show held in the venue since then was Kanye West's April 2006 appearance.
TobyMac's "Portable Sounds" CD has produced two hit singles to date, "I'm For You" and "Made to Love," while riffs from his "Slam" have become a favorite for use in movie trailers ("Underdog," "Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift," "Transporter 2").
Earlier this year, the singer was named "one of the 50 most influential evangelical leaders in America" by Christianity Today magazine.
With its first two records, the trio BarlowGirl has produced four No. 1 hits, including their biggest to date, "I Need You to Love Me," and garnered nine Dove Award nominations.
Thousand Foot Krutch, meanwhile, is touring in support of its latest album, "The Flame In All of Us," due for release Sept. 18.