Puyallup, WA - May 16, 2003 - Multi-platinum selling, multi-Grammy

and Dove Award-winning band, Jars of Clay continues to dazzle fans - almost a decade after their start. Mega hits like "Flood," "Disappear" and "Revolution" capture the attention of longtime contemporary Christian music fans and new crossover converts, drawing them to concerts coast-to-coast.

Jars of Clay and a Special Guest will take center stage to perform

at the Puyallup Fair's 2003 Columbia Bank Concert Series on Thursday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets on Saturday, May 24 at 10:00 a.m. Ticket prices are $10 for infield, reserved seats, and grandstand seating is free on a first-come, first seated basis. The Special Guest will be announced at a later time. All concert attendees must also purchase a Fair gate admission ticket.

Their latest album, Furthermore is a double-disc project. With the

subtitle, From The Studio: From The Stage, the album offers a unique look at the talents of this veteran band from two perspectives. While one disc contains brand-new, acoustic-driven reworkings of classic Jars of Clay tunes, the other disc endeavors to capture the energy found only in the band's high-octane live shows. Songs like "Overjoyed," "Something Beautiful," and "The Eleventh Hour"--from the band's previous albums--are reworked, offering a successful exercise in creative immediacy.

Band members Charlie Lowell, Dan Haseltine and Matt Bronleewe met at

Greenville College in Illinois in 1992 while working on their degrees in Contemporary Christian Music. They played together in several bands before connecting with Stephen Mason the following September. What started as writing a song together "for the fun of it" turned into a career beyond their wildest dreams.

When deciding the name of their group in January 1994, Charlie

recalled a Bible verse discussing the frailty of man, and related the

struggles of man and the testing of our wills and bodies, which ultimately provides us the strength to endure the hardships of life, which included the phrase "Jars of Clay." The year the group officially formed, they won the Gospel Music Association talent contest. Their self-titled debut album was released by early 1996. It spawned the crossover single "Flood," scored a Grammy nomination, and went platinum. Jars of Clay's success paved the way for spiritually-based bands to enter the mainstream music scene.

The group's second album in 1997, Much Afraid, not only debuted on

Billboard's top ten, but also gave Jars of Clay their first Grammy for Best Contemporary Pop/Gospel album. The following album, If I Left the Zoo hit Billboard's Internet Album Sales chart in 2002 and gave the group their second Grammy Award. The Eleventh Hour followed later the same year, with the latest album, Furthermore recently released.

Tickets will be going on sale for the remainder of the Puyallup Fair 2003 Columbia Bank Concert Series line-up in the next few months. Visit the Fair website, www.thefair.com for updates. Other concerts currently selling tickets include:


Date Entertainer Time Seating

Sept. 5 (Fri) PRCA Rodeo 1:00 p.m. $15.50

Chris LeDoux & PRCA Rodeo 6:00 p.m. $24.50

Sept. 6 (Sat) PRCA Rodeo 1 & 6 p.m. $15.50

Sept. 7 (Sun) PRCA Rodeo 2:00 p.m. $15.50

Sept. 10 (Wed) Chicago 7:00 p.m. $37.50 /$32.50

Sept. 11 (Thur) Jars of Clay & Special Guest 7:00 p.m. *$10 / Free

Sept. 14 (Sun) Neil Sedaka 4:00 p.m. *$10 / Free

Sept. 17 (Wed) Alabama 7:00 p.m. $500 - $45

Sept. 21 (Sun) The Allman Brothers Band 4:00 p.m. $36.50 /$31.50

* Shows that are $10/Free DO NOT INCLUDE Fair gate admission. Concerts with free grandstand seating are first come, first-seated, as there are no tickets issued for free seating.

Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Fred Meyer, Tower Records, Wherehouse Music and other independent locations. Tickets may also be purchased via phone with American Express, Visa, MasterCard, or Discover credit cards by calling Ticketmaster at (253) 627-TIXS in Tacoma, or (206) 628-0888 in Seattle, or via the Internet by logging onto Ticketmaster's website at www.ticketmaster.com. To save the convenience charge, purchase tickets in person at the Ticketmaster outlet at the Fairgrounds.

The Puyallup Fair first started in 1900. This Pacific Northwest tradition features top name entertainment, the PRCA Rodeo, rides, exhibits, food, flowers, and animals. For further information about the Sept. 5-21, 2003 Puyallup Fair, visit our website at www.thefair.com or call the 24-hour hotline at (253) 841-5045.