May 17, 2007
Crossover Festival to Spotlight
Acclaimed Christian Music Performers
at Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks
Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. – Share the celebration of spirit and song at the ninth annual Crossover Christian Music Festival, June 7-9 at Central Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks.
One of mid-America’s largest Christian music events, the Crossover festival will bring internationally renowned contemporary Christian and Christian rock performers to the Stoneridge Amphitheatre in Camdenton. At least 10,000 music fans from throughout the region are expected to attend the three-day event, which also will offer food concessions, merchandise vendors and opportunities to meet the performers.
On Thursday evening, everyone will be admitted free to Crossover Appreciation Praise Night, 6:00-10:00 p.m. “We are offering free admission on this night to show our thanks to the community and to our dedicated concert attendees,“ says Alan Sullivan, festival chairman. Thursday night’s lineup will feature the Osage Hills Praise Band, Potter’s House Praise Band, Caleb Rowden, Open Bible Praise Center Band, New Harmony Worship Band and the remarkable Adam Willis, the 2006 winner of the Spirit FM American Icon contest.
The Crossover festival will continue on Friday, 5:30-10:30 p.m. Special guest performer will be Indianapolis Colts football punter Hunter Smith with his praise band, Connersvine. The headliner will be multi-platinum, triple-Grammy winning Christian rockers Jars of Clay. The group won the Best Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year at the 2007 GMA Dove Awards with their 2006 CD “Good Monsters,” which also was named Album of the Year by CCM Magazine and Christianity Today. The Friday night lineup also will feature The Swift, Sanctus Real, Big Daddy Weave, Speaker, Justin Luckadoo and the Allen Lorton Band.
On Saturday, doors will open at 3:30 p.m. with nonstop action until 10:30 p.m. The headliner will be the incomparable Mercy Me. The group broke into the mainstream spotlight last year with the mega-hit “I Can Only Imagine,” which could be heard on pop, country and adult contemporary radio stations, and received a Dove Award for Song of the Year. Mercy Me’s million-selling album, “Almost There,” hit Billboard’s Top 200 pop charts and remained there for several months. Other Saturday-night performers will include 33 Miles, Building 429, Superchick, Skillet and the Allen Lorton Band.
After each concert, fans can stop by the vendor pavilion to meet their favorite performers, get autographs and purchase CDs and merchandise. In addition, visitors can shop at several booths offering T-shirts, CDs, jewelry, gift items, Bibles, books and more.
Crossover 2007 sponsors include presenting sponsor Heartland Creamery & Evan Almighty, Spirit FM, Victoria Station, Lake Sun Publications, 101.9 FM The Wave, KLOVE, Horizon Broadcast Network, Lake of the Ozarks CVB, and Tri-County Lodging Association.
Tickets will be $20 for Friday and $20 for Saturday if purchased on or before June 8, or $25 each night at the gate. A two-day pass will cost $36. Groups of 15 or more will receive special discount tickets by calling the Crossover ticket office, 800-901-6977. Children age 5 and under are free. Parking will be $2 per vehicle. Tickets can be ordered online at www.crossoverfestival.org.
Throughout the festival weekend, Crossover attendees who wear their wristband to Big Surf Waterpark will be able to save on the all-day admission price to this fun family attraction.
“The Crossover Christian Music Festival truly is a quality festival,” Sullivan says. “Combined with Lake activities, Crossover attracts thousands of people and that’s great for the local economy. Most important, it brings people of all denominations together in harmony.”
For more information on the Crossover Christian Music Festival, please visit www.crossoverfestival.org, or call 800-901-6977. And for complete information about Lake-area lodging, dining, shopping and attractions, call 800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253) or visit the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitor Bureau’s web site at www.funlake.com.
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