Final preparations are being made for the 6th annual Livin' Out Loud event that will be held this weekend on August 18th and 19th. There will  thousands of music fans that will gather in a grassy field in Gothenburg for an outdoor concert unlike any other in Nebraska. 
Some of the biggest names in contemporary Christian music have taken the stage for the concert, and event organizers say that this year's line-up may be the best one yet!
Artists scheduled to appear at the 2018 concert include I Am They, Zach Williams, Colton Dixon, Britt Nicole and Matthew West. A community worship service at the site, featuring the music of I Am They, will round out the weekend on Sunday morning.
This outdoor concert is completely funded through private donations – there is no admission charge for attending. Fundraising for this year's event, as well as future events, is underway. These donations allow the event to remain free to the public, giving an opportunity to thousands of people to hear the truth of God's Word through music. Donations can be made on the event website: livinoutloud.org. Opportunities will also be presented the day of the concert.
A number of vendors will be on the concert site offering a variety of foods and beverages. No alcohol is allowed on the grounds; Livin' Out Loud is a family-friendly event. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, and plan to spend the weekend being encouraged.
Zach Williams is arguably one of the hottest acts currently in contemporary Christian music. His debut album “Chain Breaker” earned him his first Grammy Award, and this year Williams was named Billboard's Top Christian Male Vocalist and Artist of the Year. His hits include the title track from his album, “Chain Breaker”, “Old Church Choir”, and his most recent single, “Fear Is A Liar”.
Fans of the television show American Idol may recognize Colton Dixon from season 11 of the show. In January 2013 Dixon released his album “A Messenger”, which sold 22,000 copies in its first week. It debuted at number 15 on the Billboard 200, number one on the U.S. Christian Chart and number one on the U.S. Gospel Chart. 
Britt Nicole was nominated for a Dove Award for Female Vocalist of the Year in 2011, and her album “Gold” was nominated for a Grammy in 2013 for Best Contemporary Christian Album. Her hits include “Set the World on Fire”, “You”, “Through Your Eyes”, and “Be the Change”.
Headlining the 2018 concert will be Mathew West. West is a four-time GRAMMY nominee, a multiple-ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter/Artist of the Year winner and Dove Award recipient, and was awarded an American Music Award (2013), a Billboard Music Award (Top Christian Artist, 2014), a K-LOVE Fan Award (2016), and named Billboard’s Hot Christian Songwriter of the Year (2016). His latest studio album, “Live Forever”, debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Christian Sales Chart. He has obtained numerous number 1 singles, most recently with “Grace Wins,” while achieving a record-setting number 1 for 17 straight weeks at radio with “Hello, My Name Is” and “The Motions” for 15 weeks. 
For more information on the 2018 concert in Gothenburg, or to donate to keep the event going, visit the website at livinoutloud.org, or like the Facebook page.