Point of Grace Church (305 Northeast Dartmoor Drive) in Waukee will hold its 2nd Annual Collide Christian Music Festival on Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13. The festival's debut last year earned rave reviews, and this year promises to be no different. Collide 2014 will feature 21 acts over two days, and tickets for the event are only $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased online through the Collide/Point of Grace website or at Point of Grace Church. The festival is open to the public and all ages are welcome.
Here is a look at the schedule for the 2014 Collide Christian Music Festival:
Saturday, July 12
12:00 p.m.: EchO (metal band from Italy)
12:30 p.m.: Foreverlin (indie rock band from Wyoming)
1:00 p.m.: As We Are (indie pop/rock band from Illinois)
1:30 p.m.: Playdough (hip hop act from Texas)
2:00 p.m.: This City Awaits (rock duo from Texas)
2:30 p.m.: AngeLight (alternative rock/metal band from Pennsylvania)
3:00 p.m.: Fight the Fade (rock and roll band from Oklahoma)
3:30 p.m.: Jason Dunn (pop punk act from Canada)
4:00 p.m.: Naturalist (rock quartet from Oklahoma)
4:45 p.m.: Satellites & Sirens (rock/electronica act from Tennessee)
5:30 p.m.: Tru Serva (hip hop act from Minnesota)
6:15 p.m.: Shine Bright Baby (pop/rock band from Ohio)
7:00 p.m.: Embers in Ashes (progressive rock quintet from Alabama)
7:45 p.m.: Jonathan Thulin (CCM/Gospel/rock act based out of Minnesota)
Sunday, July 13
12:00 p.m.: The Protest (hard rock/heavy metal band from Indiana)
12:45 p.m.: Lastwatch (rock band from Florida)
1:30 p.m.: Nine Lashes (rock band from Alabama)
2:15 p.m.: Children 18:3 (rock trio from Minnesota)
3:00 p.m.: Spoken (rock trio from Arkansas)
3:45 p.m.: Break the Fall (rock band from Missouri)
4:30 p.m.: Project 86 (rock band from California)
Saturday's headliner, Jonathan Thulin, does things a little different from other performers. While he has booked quite a few festival and church performances on his recent tours, he has also booked a large number of living room dates. That's right, I said living room. The Swedish-born artist (now based in Minneapolis) simply posts on his Facebook page the dates that he has open on his tour and what area he will be in and asks who wants to have him perform in their living room. (He still has dates in the next two weeks open, if you are interested.) Thulin's latest album, The White Room, was released in 2012 with an upgraded Deluxe Edition becoming available on iTunes last November. The album produced the singer's first #1 Christian single as a solo artist, "Dead Come to Life". Thulin is also a member of the chart-topping Christian band Press Play.
Sunday's headliner, Project 86, has placed five albums in the Top 20 of the Christian chart. The Orange County rockers are currently working on their ninth album, which they hope to release this fall. Like Jonathan Thulin, P86 also does things a little differently. The band has been bringing supporters into their Van Nuys recording studio for the day while they record their new album. The album was fan funded through an Indiegogo campaign and will contain 18 new songs, four of which will be acoustic tracks.
To learn more about the 2014 Collide Christian Music Festival, go to the festival's website. Check out music from Saturday performer Shine Bright Baby in the above video.