...If you are in or around the Huntington, Indiana area in a couple of weeks, check out the Fandana Music & Arts Festival on the campus of Huntington University. Fandana features Needtobreathe, Matt Maher, Citizen Way, Seabird and 31 other groups. I’s Friday and Saturday August 2-3. Find out more here.
...Disney’s Night of Joy in Orlando is coming up September 5-6. This year’s performers include Matthew West, Britt Nicole, MercyMe, Casting Crowns and several others that will be taking over the Magic Kingdom! The park will shut down for everyone else but with your Night Of Joy Ticket, you can enjoy the shows and still ride the rides too! Families, church groups, reunions and individuals make the Night of Joy weekend their meeting place, and you can too. Get all of the details at www.nightofjoy.com.
...Rock The Desert is a big music festival in Midland Texas. The mission of Rock the Desert is “to reach today's generation through contemporary Christian music and recreation, so that they may hear the life changing message of Jesus Christ." Rock The Desert features Sonrise artists Skillet, Crowder, Family Force 5, Unspoken, Jason Castro, Citizen Way, For King & Country, Shawn McDonald, OBB, and Rhett Walker Band. They are also still looking for more volunteers, so if you’ll be in the Midland, TX area August 7-9, sign up here.
...Universal Studio’s Rock The Universe is September 5-6. Friday the 5th is Praise & Worship Night with Third Day, Newsboys, Jeremy Camp, Kari Jobe, and Rend Collective. Saturday the 6th is Rock & Hip-Hop night with TobyMac, Switchfoot, Lecrae, Red, Family Force 5, and Love & the Outcome. In the Fan Zone you can catch Manafest, 7eventh Time Down and All Things New on both days. Even more information is available at www.RocktheUniverse.com.
...Tomorrow is Brandon Heath’s birthday! We’d like to wish him a happy birthday, along with Korey Cooper from Skillet, who will be celebrating tomorrow. Tuesday is the birthday of Salavdor member Art Gonzales; Scotty Wilbanks from Newsong has his birthday on Friday, and the week wraps up with Rebecca St. James. She’ll be blowing out 37 candles Saturday. And a happy belated birthday to Chris Greenwood, better known as Manafest. He turned 35 yesterday. And if it's your birthday, happy birthday for all of us at Sonrise!!
...If you’re an aspiring musician, how’d you like to be mentored by some of the biggest names in the industry? It’s called Camp Electric, and this year’s instructors include singers, guitar players, drummers, and keyboard players from some of the biggest groups in Christian music. Learn more about Camp Electric here.
...You may have also heard The Afters song “Moments Like This” on NBC earlier this year, as part of their “We Create Moments” campaign. See the video for yourself on our Features page.