Sep 9, 2012

TobyMac, Jamie Grace and more to perform Sept. 16




BY RYAN BERRY
GREENVILLE - On Sept. 16, one of the most recognizable names in Contemporary Christian music will take the stage at the Darke County Fairgrounds for the sixth annual Illumination Festival. TobyMac and a top-notch line-up of national and regional talent will be on-hand to entertain and inspire. Joining TobyMac on stage will be Jamie Grace, The City Harmonic, Shonlock, Tommy Renfro, Reese Lincoln Band and The Quest. Also appearing will be Mike Guzzardo, nationally known speaker.

TobyMac first found success in 1987 with DC Talk. In 2000, he embarked on a solo career and has had a string of successful albums.

Jamie Grace can thank YouTube and TobyMac for propelling her career. It was on her YouTube channel that she was discovered by the legendary Christian artist. She has since gone on to score a #1 hit with her first single “Hold Me,” with background vocals by TobyMac. She also earned the 2012 Dove Award for New Artist of the Year.

Shonlock, an urban rock/hip hop artist from Atlanta, GA, made his debut in 2001 as a member TobyMac’s Diverse City Band. In 2010 he signed with Arrow-Records/Universal and released Where Never Begins.

The City Harmonic is a Dove Award nominated and three time Covenant Award (GMA Canada) winning band, including New Artist of the Year, Recorded Song of the Year and Modern Worship Song of the Year. This Canadian Christian rock band was formed in 2009.

Mike Guzzardo has dedicated the entirety of his energies to traveling the United States and the world inspiring people to a deeper commitment to Christ. Mike is a frequent speaker at conventions and conferences such as “Acquire the Fire” with over 150,000 in annual attendance. He has also proven to be a sought after speaker for retreats, camps and churches both domestically and internationally.

While the concert is always a big draw for Illumination, the festival has much more going on throughout the day. Plus, the Illumination Committee has added a second day to this year’s event - Day One.

Searching for a way to get more youth groups involved in the Illumination Festival, committee members formed Illumination Day One. Youth groups are encouraged to kick off their fall youth program during Illumination. Youth that don’t have a youth group are more than welcome to attend. The festival will host a special program on Sept. 15, 8 p.m., at the Darke County Fair Youth Building. Mike Guzzardo will be speaking and regional band, I Am Victorious, will provide the worship music. There will also be a youth drama presented. The cost for Illumination Day One is $5 per person or five cans of food per person. For more information on this event, visit dayone.illuminationfestival.org. Youth groups can come just for the evening or camping is available.

Illumination Festival continues on Sunday, Sept. 16, 9:30 a.m., with a special worship service in the Youth Building. Guzzardo has agreed to minister in this service also. Providing the music will be New Creation.

Following the worship service, activities will include the traditional Coffeehouse with great regional bands, air soft, inflatables, volleyball and a corn hole tournament.

The corn hold tournament begins at noon with registration beginning at 11 a.m. The cost is $5 per team and McDonald’s Gift Certificates will be awarded to first through third places. Register the day of the event or call (937) 670-9255 or email runnerfan13@yahoo.com for more information.

This year’s Illumination Coffeehouse begins at approximately 11 a.m. and will include Chris Cantrell, Levi Monk, I Am Victorious, Radiant and Live 4:1.

The Coffeehouse entertainment will lead up to the opening of the Grandstand at 3 p.m. with the first band performing on the main stage at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are required for the Illumination Concert featuring TobyMac. Ticket prices are $25 for grandstand, $30 for track and reserved and $50 for VIP tickets (in front of the stage and available from iTickets only). Tickets are $5 more on the day of the show. As a reminder, grandstand tickets do not allow for admittance to the track. Only reserved, track and VIP tickets will get concert goers on the track. Tickets are available at Bread of Life Christian Bookstore, and the Darke County Fairgrounds, in Greenville; Union City Christian Book Store, Union City; Trinity Gifts and Books, Richmond, IN, and iTickets.com. (Reserved tickets are only available through Bread of Life and iTickets.)




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