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Warehouse Concert: Strong Water + TJ Lawson

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Joy & Lynch Christian Warehouse Theatre
March 9 @ 7:30 pm




Strong Water

Like a good shot of its namesake, Strong Water is smooth with a bite. The Americana/folk band first formed in 2013 as a duo on a Virginia university campus before settling into its current four-piece, “complete with howling banjos, two-part vocal harmonies and driving drums” (The Burg).


In 2014, Strong Water released their first EP Aftermath. Buoyed by their community’s response and their newfound synergy as a four-piece, Strong Water independently funded, recorded and released a 14-track, self-titled album in 2016. The debut album brought about touring opportunities across the Mid-Atlantic region, where Strong Water opened for bands, like The SteelDrivers, Judah & the Lion and The Black Lillies. In 2018, their sophomore album Bearfoot was released with single “If I Was” receiving regional radio play.


Their third album The Hills, written during the pandemic and recorded by Three Arrows Sound, explores the changes the band has experienced over the past eight years. Lyrics are inspired by life’s opposites — anticipation and nostalgia, love and loss, courage and fear — and by the beauty of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.




TJ Lawson


Originally from small-town Berea, KY, TJ Lawson is a Christian/R&B artist/producer based in Lynchburg, VA. During his time as a student at Liberty University, he has had the privilege of sharing the stage with artists such as Phil Wickham, Meredith Andrews, Shane & Shane, Michael W. Smith, and more. With influence from these artists as well as R&B/Pop musicians such as Mac Ayres, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson, his aim is to create music that inspires and elevates the human soul with captivating musicality, and hope-filled lyricism. This unique sound is showcased in his two original releases, “Watercolor Skies”, and “Salutations”, available on all streaming platforms. The end goal of his music is to reach the non-believer and minister to the already believing. Whether you know Jesus intimately, or you are meeting Him for the first time, the hope is you listen to his music or attend a show and walk away better than you walked in.






Note that the event producer and Artist may change dates, times, and/or venues depending on the current COVID-19 environment. Ticket buyers will be updated by the Academy Center of the Arts staff, should any change to schedule or venue occurs. 



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The Academy Center of the Arts is not responsible for tickets purchased from other sources. They may be stolen, counterfeit, or invalid and may not be honored. Tickets purchased from secondary sellers are not eligible for replacement if tickets are lost or stolen, or if the event is canceled or rescheduled.




General Admission: $15.00 plus taxes and fees


Doors open at 6:30 PM; Event begins at 7:30 PM


For more information or to purchase tickets to this performance, contact our Bank of the James Ticketing Office at (434) 846-8499.




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Age Requirement

All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket for this performance unless otherwise stated. All ages are welcome.

Camera Policy

Videography and audio recording during the performances are prohibited. Photography of the set on stage is allowed pre-show, post-show, and during intermission. But we do ask that you show our designers and visiting performers some love by crediting them (and by tagging us) in your social media posts.

Content Advisory

The Academy Center of the Arts offers a diverse selection of entertainment. Not all productions may appeal to or be appropriate for every guest or for all ages. Ticket buyers should take responsibility for making informed decisions regarding their purchases. We recommend visiting the official show website of each show you are coming to see at the Academy. If you ever have questions about the content or appropriateness of a show, please contact us at [email protected].

Doors Open

Our lobby doors open 60 minutes prior to show time. House doors open 30 minutes prior to show time for seating.

Inclement Weather

All indoor performances scheduled at the Academy Center of the Arts normally take place as planned unless otherwise stated.


Parking is available on-site and throughout downtown Lynchburg. The parking map above shows all of the free public and paid parking available. In addition, street parking is also available on most streets.


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Please note: If attending an event or performance after 5pm or on weekends, Lot 2 (Pacific Life Lot) and Lot 12 (Regional Business Alliance) are free and open to for public use. We suggest utilizing these lots, which are closest to the Academy Center of the Arts and within walking distance.

Ticket Policies

Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. Our delivery methods are as follows:

Print at Home: This option allows you to print your tickets at home or access them on a mobile device via email.

Box Office Pick Up: You may stop by our Box Office, Monday through Friday, 12:00pm – 5:00pm, and have us print your tickets for you.

Will Call Pick Up: If your tickets are being held at Will Call, you can collect them inside the lobby at the Box Office counter.

All tickets for this show will be sold through academycenter.org and our ticketing system. Please do not use third-party resellers, as we do not contract with them. Should you use a reseller, the Academy Center of the Arts will not be liable for any issues with your purchase.

All ticket sales are subject to a Historic Theatre Restoration Fee and credit/debit card processing fees.


Want to volunteer and see this show for free? Contact Mele Thompson, [email protected], for more information.



Joy & Lynch Christian Warehouse Theatre
March 9 @ 7:30 pm