Enjoy 2 days of music and fun at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth's Canal Park area, on the shores of beautiful Lake Superior.
Friday, August 6th, 2021
2pm Gates Open
3pm - Derek Charles Johnson
Derek Charles Johnson is a Christ-follower, worship leader, blogger, and songwriter residing in Spring Hill, Tennessee. His musical style blends acoustic-driven and synth-laden melodies alongside warm, rich vocals. His newest single "Pray" will be available for streaming and download in 2019.
Derek’s entry into music and ministry was not typical. Born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota, he first attended school to become a pharmacist. After several years working in healthcare, he realized God had been placing a burden on his heart for ministry. In 2009, he went back to school to focus on a worship minister degree. Upon graduating, Derek spent 7 years on staff as a worship pastor in South Dakota. During that time, he recorded his first full-length album “Carry On” with producer Tommee Profitt (Capitol CMG). The album has led to several opportunities to lead worship and perform in live settings including music festivals and various churches across the country.
Now having moved to Tennessee, Derek and his family are following a call they believe God has placed on their hearts. Derek states, “My goal is to tell people about the love of Jesus and use music as a way to draw people to Him. After being in vocational ministry, I believe God is calling me to step out in faith and use the opportunities I have to point to Him.”
Derek is gearing up to release new music soon, having recorded several individual singles with producer Jay Speight (Bottle Rockit Productions). "I know every artist says this, but I believe these new songs are the best work I've done and I've asked God to bring about His perfect will throughout this process. I cannot wait to release these songs and am excited about the doors God is opening!"
4pm - Holy Hootenanners
A group of like-minded musicians united by a small country church in Mahtowa, MN playing foot-stompin', hoot-n-holler country gospel music and more.
The HOLY HOOTENANNERS are an emerging spiritual force that originated in 2013 at a small country church in Mahtowa, MN, pop. 370. Their blend of gospel, blues, folk, and spiritual genres are all evident in both their original and traditional song performances. The band itself can be up to twelve pieces including violins and horns in their premier venues. They have performed in front of thousands at the City on the Hill Music Festival in Bayfront Park, Voyageurs Bluegrass Festival in Cook, and the Wood City Music Festival in Cloquet, MN. When they aren’t on the big stage, they welcome church services and smaller gigs anywhere from the nuns at St. Scholastica to the hip church congregation at the House of Mercy in St. Paul.
5:15pm - Cain
There's vocal harmony, and then there’s preacher’s-kids-growing-up-in-Alabama, sharing-one-room-all-their-lives, touring-as-a-family-band-harmony. And you know it when you hear it. The phrase-bending, chills-making, sibling harmony. And when you pair it with the soft rock sounds we’ve all been missing since the 70s, there you find the magic of CAIN. CAIN (made of Taylor, Madison, and Logan Cain) tows the line between new and nostalgia. Choosing warm, analog tones from some of their influences, like The Eagles and Bob Seger, while not neglecting a crisp, current vocal, making something new altogether. The group has toured all across the US, UK, and Canada, performing at notable festivals like C2C in London and Cavendish Beach Music Fest, but they feel it’s all been preparation for where God is calling them: Christian music. Madison said, "Everything in our career to this point has been a matter of 'making it.' Every song, show, or video had the undertone of 'I hope this will be our big break.' It really took letting it all go and saying 'God, what do you want us to say?' Now, making music brings us pure joy, and I hope the audience can feel it in the songs." CAIN’s debut Christian project is set to be released Spring 2020. CAIN’s debut project with Sony Music Entertainment’s label, Provident Label Group is out now and you can see them live on tour with We The Kingdom and Zach Williams.
6:15pm - Adam Agee
Agee was a founding member and lead vocalist for pop/punk band Stellar Kart, which released its latest album, All In, on Inpop Records in 2013. In 2015, Agee became the lead singer for iconic Christian rock band Audio Adrenaline, which released Sound of the Saints shortly after.
Says Adam Agee (lead singer, guitarist, and chief songwriter), “I’m ten years older now than when I started the band, and I’ve experienced much more life in these recent years.” And along with that life experience came an abundance of songs, Agee continues, “I’ve never written this many songs for an album before. But as some of the themes started to emerge from these songs, I realized that I had a lot to say about God’s faithfulness. We may not understand why we’re going through struggles in the moment, but I believe it will make sense some day.”
7pm - Matthew West
Matthew West is a four-time GRAMMY® nominee, a multiple-ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter/Artist of the Year winner and Dove Award recipient and was awarded an American Music Award (2013), a Billboard Music Award (Top Christian Artist, 2014), a K-LOVE Fan Award (2016), and named Billboard’s Hot Christian Songwriter of the Year (2016). A recent recipient of the Rich Mullins Impact Award, West also received a Primetime Emmy® Award nomination for Original Music & Lyrics for “The Heart of Christmas” from the film of the same name. In addition to his own recording career, he has co-hosted the K-LOVE Fan Awards four times and has more than 130 songwriting credits to his name, including cuts by Rascal Flatts, Scotty McCreery, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, and Mandisa, among others, and number one cuts by Casting Crowns and Danny Gokey. Selling more than 1.8 million albums to date (TEA), West’s discography includes acclaimed releases: All In (2017), Live Forever (2015), GRAMMY® nominated Into The Light (2012), The Story of Your Life (2010), Something to Say (2008), History (2005) and Happy (2003).
Well known for communicating stories through song, West has received thousands of stories from around the world. His studio album, Live Forever (2015), continued that storytelling theme and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Sales Chart. He has obtained numerous No. 1 singles, most recently with “Broken Things,” while achieving a record-setting No. 1 for 17 straight weeks at radio with “Hello, My Name Is” and “The Motions” for 15 weeks.
9:00pm - Newsboys United
Since arriving on the scene in 1985 in their native Australia, the Newsboys have taken Christian music by storm. Nearly three decades later, the iconic band is an undisputed industry leader, garnering six gold albums; 8 million units in career sales; 33 #1 singles; multiple GRAMMY® and American Music Award nominations; and signature hits ranging from “He Reigns” and “Born Again” to their recent 15-week chart-topper, “We Believe.” Expanding their reach into film, the band appeared in the 2014 Pure Flix hit, “God’s Not Dead,” inspired by their song of the same name. Currently comprised of drummer Duncan Phillips; lead vocalist Michael Tait; guitarist Jody Davis; and keyboardist Jeff Frankenstein, the Newsboys’ latest recording, Hallelujah For The Cross, marks their first-ever collection of hymns.
For more than three decades, Newsboys have been defying the odds. After initially forming in Australia, they landed on American soil with only pennies to their name and eventually became one of the biggest bands in Christian music history. Today, Newsboys have sold more than 10 million units spanning 23 recordings. In addition, they’ve amassed eight Gold certifications, 33 #1 radio hits, four GRAMMY® nominations, two American Music Award nominations and multiple Dove Awards. Through the years, the faces of Newsboys have changed, but the mission has remained the same: One band. One heart. One brotherhood.
Saturday, August 7th, 2020
Noon - Gates Open
1pm - Ryan Clair
Born and raised in a small mountain community in southern California, Ryan was the first born child to a young mom who did all she could to raise a kid amidst trials, heartache and broken relationships. Though she didn't play, music was something Ryan's mother shared with him at an early age. Music has a way to help escape reality and bring a sense of joy and peace in the moments of pain and uncertainty.
For Ryan the music became a reality, a part of life and an Identity. Picking up a guitar in his early teens and spending much of his life playing in bands. Ryan believes he has finally reached a place where he feels at home. It's music that is rooted and carries on through generations. A style that all ages can appreciate.
A family man with 5 kids and a beautiful wife, Ryan writes music that tells his story and faith journey as a follower of Jesus Christ. When Ryan is not playing shows you can find him leading worship at Shelton FBC in the beautiful State of Washington.
2pm - Leanna Crawford
For the past two and half years, the singer-songwriter from northwestern Washington, Leanna Crawford, has been writing, touring and singing with some of the biggest names in the Christian music industry. She’s gained more experience than many artists do in a decade, and while her music certainly displays the vocal and songwriting talent of a rising star in CCM, her grounded and honest lyrics make her feel more friend and confidante than star, more approachable than untouchable.
“I hope [listeners] feel that I care about them even if I don’t know them,” says Crawford, “that they would feel loved and encouraged.”
Her sophomore self-titled EP, released spring of 2020, certainly accomplishes this. With songs that speak honestly about doubt and insecurity as well as the hope Christ offers in our darkest moments, Crawford’s listeners will find solace in her kind and wise words, while tapping their feet along to contagious, pop-inspired beats.
3pm - The Young Escape
Hailing from Southern California, The Young Escape (Capitol) deliver a fresh shot of EDM-infused Indie pop and the energetic live show to match. Comprised of siblings Ryan, McKenna, Kyrsten, and Luke Johns, the band's debut singles Good Life and Neverfade are an alchemy of modern pop sheen and sophisticated edge, carried to otherworldly heights by McKenna’s vocal. With an average age of 18, TYE speak to the themes of insecurity, anxiety, and pressure facing every kid in the modern age with the hope and escape found in the kinetic spirit of youth at any age.
Capitol recording artists/songwriters Ryan Johns, McKenna Johns, Kyrsten Johns, and Luke Johns are the young escape from Southern California. The siblings grew up watching bands like Audio Adrenaline, tobyMac, and Hawk Nelson at festivals, dreaming that one day, they could do the same thing. The band has always had a love for upbeat, exciting live concerts, which is why they try to craft high-energy sets that inspire people to get out of their comfort zone, and to break free from the currents of culture.
Ranging from 20 to 14 years old, the young escape hopes that their EDM/Alt-Pop/Rock music inspires people to escape from whatever is holding them down, and to dream like they're young again.
5pm - Hannah Kerr
In the three years since her debut release Overflow, singer/songwriter Hannah Kerr has walked through a formative season, navigating college and young adulthood and the challenges that coincide with figuring out who you really are. The road has not always been easy, but on the other side, Hannah seems to have found her voice. Now, set to release a new EP entitled Listen More in September with a self-titled album to follow, fans and listeners will be let in on what Hannah has been learning about herself and about God.
Being where she is and growing into who she is, the release of Listen More will reintroduce Hannah as an artist who has grown and who has rooted more deeply into her sound, her voice and her purpose. It is truly a new chapter for Hannah as an artist and as a person, and now listeners will get to come on the journey where, in her words, she is “figuring out who God is, and in the process, really figuring out who I am.”
7pm - Mack Brock
Mack Brock has been a worship leader for over 15 years. His greatest passion is to lead people into a heightened awareness of the presence of God and to see individuals experience the breakthrough God has for them through worship. He co-wrote “O Come To The Altar,” “Resurrecting,” “Here As In Heaven,” and “Do It Again” - each have had a significant impact on the church worldwide. Three of Mack’s songs have landed in the Top 50 on CCLI, and four in the Top 100 CCLI songs.
Mack served as the music producer and a key worship leader with Elevation Worship for a decade and has led thousands in worship in arenas and auditoriums all across the United States. Mack is married with 2 children and lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.
9pm - TobyMac
Toby McKeehan, better known by his stage name TobyMac, is a Christian hip hop recording artist, music producer, songwriter and author.
He has charted 20 solo singles on Billboard's Christian Songs list. He was first known for being a member of the Christian vocal trio DC Talk, staying with them from 1987 until they went on hiatus in 2000. He has since continued a successful solo career with the release of seven studio albums: Momentum (2001), Welcome to Diverse City (2004), Portable Sounds (2007), Tonight (2010), Eye on It (2012), This Is Not a Test (2015), and The Elements (2018), as well as five remixed albums: Re:Mix Momentum (2003), Renovating Diverse City (2005), Dubbed and Freq'd: A Remix Project (2012), Eye'm All Mixed Up, The St. Nemele Collab Sessions. He also has a full-length Christmas album Christmas in Diverse City (2011), which was his first holiday album. He became the third Christian artist to have a No. 1 debut on Billboard 200 chart with Eye on It.
Between DC Talk and his own solo career, he has sold more than 10 million albums and won seven Grammy Awards. He has had six No. 1 hit CHR singles including "Gone", "Made to Love", and "Lose My Soul." Six singles have gone to No. 1 on Billboard's Christian Songs chart, making him one of the artists with the most No. 1 hits on that chart. His live concert CD+DVD combo album, Alive and Transported, was released in 2008 and received the Grammy Award for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album at the 51st Grammy Awards in 2009. His fifth studio album, Eye on It, received a Grammy for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album at the 2013 Grammys.