In recent weeks we have heard plenty of good news regarding western Colorado concerts and events, but not all the news is good.

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic shut down virtually every public event known to man, including Country Jam, the downtown Grand Junction Music Festival, Pork n Hops, NightVision, and countless others. Many events are making a comeback in 2021, but NightVision is not one of them.

Night Vision Gets Canceled

The NightVision Music Festival in Olathe has grown into one of the largest music festivals in western Colorado, attracting nearly 16,000 people the last time it was held.The annual festival draws a large regional crowd to hear some of the top artists in Christian contemporary music. In 2019 such notables as For King & Country, Newsboys, Colton Dixon, and Jeremy Camp appeared on the Olathe stage. Last year, Christian music superstars Michael W. Smith, Chris Tomlin, Danny Gokey were scheduled to appear before the festival was canceled.

Praise Him Ministries, which puts on on the annual festival in Olathe, recently issued a statement confirming the cancellation of this year's event.

It is with great sadness that we announce that NightVision 2021 has been canceled in Olathe. With all of the COVID restrictions still in place in Montrose County, we are unable to move forward.

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Refunds or Donations

A message on the Praise Him Ministries website says ticket holders would receive an email from Event Brite about donating to the ministry or getting a refund. Praise Him Ministries was founded in 2001 and is a joint effort of Ridgway Christian Center and Praise Productions Christian Store in Ridgway.

Hopefully, the festival returns to Olathe in 2022. In the meantime, Christian music fans should be anticipating an appearance by For King & Country this summer at The Amphitheater at Las Colonias Park in Grand Junction. The concert has been scheduled for July 29.

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