Rick Cua said that at Kingdom Bound, "God is the main event." Well, the rest of the lineup isn't too shabby, either. This year's festival features about 80 bands and speakers appearing Sunday through Wednesday at Darien Lake, including some of the most popular acts in contemporary Christian music.
The Performing Arts Center stage, which will feature each night's headliner, has music from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday. The new Edge stage -- named so because for its "edgier" styles of music -- has bands from noon to 6:45 p.m. every day except Monday, when events start with a talent competition at 2:30 p.m. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, there will be worship music at the Worship Tent from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and hip-hop music at the gazebo stage from 1 to 4 p.m. The festival also features several tents with afternoon seminars Monday through Wednesday.
All single-day tickets for Kingdom Bound are $54. Event passes for all four days are $130 per person. Limited camping space is available. For tickets, a full schedule and more information about this year's festival, visit www.kingdombound.com.
Here's our guide to a few of the festival's highlights.
Casting Crowns. This Grammy Award-winning band is one of the biggest-selling acts in Christian rock music. Its latest album, last year's "Come to the Well," debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. The band performs at 9:30 p.m. Monday on the Performing Arts Center stage.
Switchfoot. No other band at Kingdom Bound this year has found as much secular success as Switchfoot. The band last appeared at the festival in 2002, the year before its breakthrough album, "The Beautiful Letdown," came out. The album sold almost three million copies. Switchfoot performs at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday on the Performing Arts Center stage.
Project 86. How heavy can Christian music sound? Project 86 is one example. The band's music is a good representation of the "edgier" sound at the Edge tent, where it will perform at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday.
Nick Vujicic. Each night features a keynote speaker before the headlining band, and Vujicic is one of the them. Born without arms or legs, he shares the story of how he learned to live with his condition. "He's a great motivational speaker," Cua said. "His story is just incredible." Vujicic speaks at 8:30 p.m. Monday on the Performing Arts Center stage.
"Courageous" and "October Baby." Stars from two of the most successful Christian movies from last year will appear to present their films. On Monday, Ben Davies presents a screening of "Courageous"; on Tuesday, Jason Burkey presents "October Baby." Both screenings will start around midnight, and are open only to overnight campers.
-- Jason Silverstein