Contemporary Christian Music Festival Moves to New
Location South of Kansas City
KANSAS CITY, Mo. –
After a decade at
Starlight Theatre, the Rock the Light contemporary Christian music
festival is under new management and moving to a new, more spacious
location in 2010. The festival is now under the ownership of Wayne Seboa
and Wes Campbell, who also own and manage the annual Sonshine Festival
in Willmar, Minn.
Celebrating its 11thyear in 2010, Rock
the Light will be held on the 660-acre Youthfront South camp site in
LaCygne, Kan., about 60 minutes from downtown Kansas City on U.S. 69.
The festival has also been expanded to three days.
confirmed for Rock the
Light 2010 on Sept. 3-5 includeSkillet, Newsboys, Leeland,
Thousand Foot Krutch, Francesa Battistelli, Downhere, Superchick,
Needtobreath, Seventh Day Slumber, Hearts of Saints and Worth Dying For.
More artists are expected to be confirmed soon.
the Light was a highlight at Starlight every Labor Day weekend for the
past 10 years,” said Denton Yockey, president and executive producer of
the Starlight Theatre Association of Greater Kansas City, Inc. “Even
though the festival is going in a new direction this year and in the
future, we’re confident that the many fans of contemporary Christian
music in Kansas City and throughout the Midwest will continue to enjoy a
tremendous live entertainment experience at Rock the Light.”
owners Seboa and Campbell are partnering with Youthfront, a Kansas
City-based organization that has engaged in youth ministry since 1943.
In addition, Chuck Tilley of Tilley Associates of Brentwood, Tenn.,
which helped Starlight create Rock the Light and has been involved in
artist booking, marketing and on-site management for the festival’s
first 10 years, is continuing with the new owners.
know that Rock the Light is a favorite summertime tradition for many
families and young adults in Kansas City and throughout the Midwest, and
we are confident the popularity of this music festival will continue to
grow,” Seboa said. He added that Rock the Light’s new location will
provide many exciting new activities for festival-goers including
camping, swimming, canoeing and hiking.
information on Rock the Light 2010, including artists, tickets and
volunteer opportunities, visitwww.rockthelight.com.
For several years, I have been working with a large group of friends in general around the world and a small group of friends (Wild Goose Board members) specifically, to launch something new and
exciting called The Wild Goose Festival. Mostly we have been working behind the
scenes but now we are kicking things into high gear to develop plans for our first Wild Goose Festival in June 2011. Starting with
today’s announcement: We’re delighted to let you know that Gareth Higgins has
been appointed Executive Director of the Festival. Gareth is a northern
Irish writer, speaker, activist, film critic and retreat leader, who
moved to the US in 2008 after growing up in Belfast. In addition to
having been involved in the Greenbelt Festival in England (one of the
primary inspirations for WGF), he brings a wide range of personal
experience to Wild Goose from co-founding and leading a peace-building
initiative in his homeland, to being deeply engaged in art and culture
through his own writing, broadcasting, and speaking work.
Gareth says of his new role, “It’s an honor to be part of Wild Goose –
working with people whom I’ve admired and some of whom I’ve known and
loved as friends for a long time. The opportunity that the festival
represents is, I believe, rare in US culture – to bring together people
who are passionate about justice, spirituality and art, to open the
possibility of conversation and creativity, and to listen to what the
Wild Goose is saying. I’ve wanted to see the spirit of Greenbelt
manifested in the US for some time, but I also want Wild Goose to become
its own thing: an authentic, indigenous festival that represents a
space at the intersection between action and hope, desire and
reflection, seriousness and humor, the things we think we know, and the
things that may always be questions. (Plus we’ll have the best artists,
speakers, ideas, and coffee we can find.)”
Wild Goose Festival Board member Karla Yaconelli says of
Gareth’s appointment: “We are thrilled to have Gareth join the growing
team of people who are bringing shape and form to the Wild Goose
Festival. His experience with Greenbelt, energy for this endeavor, and
imagination as an artist in his own right, along with his knowledge of
culture, keenness for matters of the soul, and passion for justice
throughout the world are in direct alignment with the heart of the WGF …
not to mention, he’s got a sardonic wit and spirit of playfulness about
him that are vital to the essence of any event bearing the term
‘festival.’ Everybody better get ready for a wild ride. This is going
to be good. Really good.”
The first festival is just over a year away, but there will be
opportunities to connect with the Wild Goose before then. We’ll be
launching the festival website with information about how to get to the
festival, and who else will be there in a few weeks. Watch this space. Check out our Facebook page also.
What a great Spring Day in Kansas City for a 53rd birthday. Thank you to the hundreds who wished me well through Facebook, e-mail, mail, texts, twitter, phone, ooVoo, voice mail and in person. I feel very blessed and well loved. This is the time of the year when our Youthfront staff is spread out all over in preparation for our busy summer season of ministry. Only 20% of our staff were in the office so we shut down the office for awhile and headed to the Plaza to celebrate Administrative Assistant's Day and I got a lot of Birthday love also. It was a cool coincidence that the Regional Manager of Buca Di Beppo restaurants was in town. His name is David Suddath and he is a Youthfront alumni. He took really good care of us.
This last 18 months has been an extraordinary period of growth and development at Youthfront. We have been blessed financially at a time when many non-profits have faced very difficult challenges because of the economy (believe me we've lived in that painful reality). New programs like Feed the Hunger, Parent's Network, and Youthfront School of Formation have taken off. Camp registrations are up and we are building for the future. Cabin 16 is being trimmed out and is ready for our Summer Camp. The new Pavilion at Youthfront South will also be ready and will be a sweet addition... here is a look at the construction progress of the Pavilion.
We are trying something new at Youthfront Camp South this summer and we are calling it Intent. Intent will be geared toward high school and college students,
it is an experiment in creating an intentional community of people who
come together to be formed by working, playing, learning, conversation,
Community members will commit to participate in a
few days of orientation followed by extended period of time in which we will live, work, and
play together while serving campers who will attend Youthfront Camp
South this summer.
This is a wonderful opportunity for Youthfront Alumni to come back to the place they love for an intentional time of living in community.
Every year during
this time I carry my baseball glove and a baseball with me in my car for
several reasons. The biggest
reason I carry it is to remember the significant role baseball has played in my life. I grew up playing baseball. Every summer day was a day full of
neighborhood baseball games. We even kept
our statistics – hits and homeruns mostly.
I waited for my dad to get home to play catch, he hated it when I would
show boat my throwing style and launch it over his head. He was also my coach in little
league. Nothing was worse than the
threat of rain. Rainouts were
dreaded. I had my rituals,
stuffing up to two full sticks of bazooka bubble gum in my mouth. When I say "two sticks" I’m talking about
the giant tootsie roll shaped size that bazooka used to come in. My glove was a prized possession, I
even slept with it at times. I
carry my glove during this time of the year to pick it up and remember all it represents. There are very few smells as appealing
to me than a leather baseball glove.
I remember watching the movie For Love of the Game starring Kevin
Costner with my wife the day it opened in 1999. There’s a scene where Costner picks up a glove, with his eyes glued
on it, he pounds his fist in the glove two times and paused. I whispered spontaneously to my wife,
“he’s going to smell his glove.”
On cue Costner buried his face in his glove and inhaled deeply. Vicki just stared at me with a “what is that about” look. I carry my glove around because there
might be an opportunity to play catch with someone I love which I did on Easter
Sunday with my daughter Jessica (who throws like a girl), my son Daniel, and my
granddaughter Lexi. Ahhhh,
baseball, I love this time of year.
I watched my Royals yesterday play a great opening day game until American League Cy Young winner Zack Grienke came out of the game only to have his win ruined by the bullpen pitching. I watched my other team, the Giants on ESPN, dominate the Astro's, hoping my friend Jeremy Affeldt would come it to pitch but at the same time encouraged that he might not need to because of how dominate National League Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum was. Baseball is back. We have really good seats for Friday night's game when the Red Sox come to town. It's going to be a great week.
All of this was meant
to be a little intro to the article by Eric Miller featured in Books and
Culture called The Republic of Baseball:
Just a Business? The article
begins with some remincising about the romance of baseball and it got me all
distracted with a time of remembering my story of baseball. Anyway, here are a couple of excerpts;
are those, writes Charles Fountain, 'who see baseball as succor to the
soul, a spirit that binds eras and generations.' To say the least.
In early 20th-century
Puerto Rico, 'baseball was what fisherman thought about when they cast
their lines and farmers when they harvested sugar cane,' writes Larry Tye
in his biography of Satchel Paige. Richard Peterson remembers true love in
rough and dirty midcentury Pittsburgh:
My buddies and I played baseball every day, beginning
in the cold, soggy spring, through the dog days of summer, until the chilly fall
rains turned our fields of dreams into mud. With neighborhood rivalries and
individual pride at stake, we played a punishing, reckless brand of baseball
that often went beyond a love of the game itself… I lived for those games and couldn't imagine what I would do
with my life if I didn't play some day for the Pirates."
The article concludes with
this great paragraph,
“All fans know that three
words, whether spoken by villains or saints, kill the spirit of whatever sport
of which they're said: It's a business.
Baseball is not a business, any more than is marriage, or teaching first grade,
or playing four-square. If we want to raise boys and girls who will come, like
the aging Satchel Paige, to preach "the sanctity of the double steal and
the blessedness of the bunt," we will find ways to preserve and protect
this treasure. And chances are, if our children learn to feel the sanctity of
the double steal, they'll come to know other realms of sanctity, too—and
perhaps gain the courage to construct ways of guarding them.”