Our Great Musical Lineup

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 5th, 2022

2pm Gates Open

2:30pm - 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!"   

3:15pm - Wonderstate

Wonderstate is a high-energy band that spreads their positive vibes and love for people from their hometown of Minneapolis to across the Midwest. Formed in 2016, the group blends a wave of indie pop with a tinge of rock flare to form their signature sound. The band, which has toured across different swaths of the United States, has a mission to connect and build relationships with their listeners by sharing their passion for meaningful music and creating uplifting atmospheres. Wonderstate includes singer and guitarist Ethan Hohn, drummer Matthew Brinkman, and guitarist Austin Lewis. The band has worked with various artists such as: Mike Donehey, Building 429, Land of Color, Unspoken and Britt Nicole  on projects, and on the road.

In 2020 they released the single "You Belong Here" that they co-wrote with Mike Donehey (former front man of Tenth Avenue North) and it has been a huge success in their area of influence, and its powerful story of hope of life, anti suicide, and belonging moves hearts of young and old alike during that moment at every show. 

4:15pm - Katy Kinard

Singer, songwriter, pianist, and guitarist Katy Kinard isn’t content leaving questions unasked.  As a faith-driven lyricist, she will tell you she’s been all kinds of believers: one of childlike, liberated faith; a Pharisee and a legalist; a charismatic miracle seeker; and what she calls a near atheist and “cynical scribe.”  But she’s quick to embrace all areas of her journey, the end-all being a consistent pull toward Jesus.

Katy’s influences range from the vocal and lyrical styles of Nichole Nordeman and Natalie Merchant, to the conversational style of David Wilcox, within the pop/rock and folk genres.  Spiritual influences include writings by  Phillip Yancey, Flannery O’ Connor, and C.S. Lewis.

Katy attended Belmont University in Nashville, TN, where she studied Commercial Music and Music Business. She focused on writing and recording at Belmont, also having the privilege of performing at the Grand Ole Opry in choirs for artists such as Alan Jackson, Kenny Rogers, and Taylor Sorenson.

5:15pm - Jonathan Traylor

Jonathan Traylor signals the coming of a new generation of faith music—an authentic melting pot of Worship, Christian and Gospel influences, marked by captivating songs and anchored by a heartfelt passion for ministry.

His debut project on Motown Gospel/Capitol CMG, The Unknown, is an innovative playlist of songs and videos to be released over the course of 2020. Chronicling Traylor's journey of blindfolded faith and ultimate acceptance in Christ, The Unknown is a worthy introduction to the singer, songwriter, and dancer who has caught the attention of fans everywhere.

7:00pm - Unspoken

When you ask the guys in UNSPOKEN what it is that their audiences most connect with, they’ll bring it down to a single word. But it’s not a word born of the smooth, soul-edged pop sound they’ve built of skilled musicianship, adventurous production and complex vocal harmonies. It’s also not something directly rooted in the international influences of the band (guitarist Mike Gomez hails from the Dominican Republic and drummer Ariel Munoz from Puerto Rico). It isn’t even a quality anchored in the success of their first Centricity Music album which sold more than 100,000 copies, spawning four top ten singles and a number one as well. And it’s not a byproduct of their recent success as a headlining act or their pick for a slot (alongside David Crowder and Steven Curtis Chapman) on the 2016 K-Love Christmas Tour.

The strong bond that seems to turn Unspoken listeners into fans as it turns out, isn’t about the music alone. Instead, it’s about their willingness to take the stage together night after night and to put their hearts and lives on display with a raw and engaging honesty; an honesty expressed in conversation and song. In a word, the band says, the connection they have with their audience is about transparency.

9:00pm - Chris Tomlin

Christopher Dwayne Tomlin is a Grammy Award winning artist originally from Grand Saline, Texas. In 1999, Tomlin rose to recognition when joined on board as a worship leader for Atlanta pastor Louie Giglio’s annual Passion Conferences, along with other worship leaders such as Matt Redman, Charlie Hall, and eventually with Christy Nockels, Kristian Stanfill, and the David Crowder Band.

In 2008, after five solo album releases, and nine with Passion, Tomlin made the move from Texas to Atlanta to be a worship leader for Giglio’s new church, Passion City Church, with its first service being held in February of 2009. Tomlin has since released four solo worship albums, two Christmas albums, and one live album.

In 2013, Tomlin’s seventh album Burning Light debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart, becoming only the fourth album by a Christian artist to top that chart, along with Butterfly Kisses (Shades of Grace) by Bob Carlisle, You Light Up My Life by LeeAnn Rimes, both in 1997, and TobyMac’s Eye On It in 2012.

Tomlin has recorded some of the most famous songs ever in Christian music, such as How Great Is Our God, Holy Is The Lord, Our God, and Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies).

Saturday, August 6th, 2022

Noon - Gates Open

12:30 - RedDirt Revival

RedDirt RevivalRedDirt Revival is a Duluth based Gospel, Blues, and contemporary blues rock group. Our mission is to further the Gospel of Jesus Christ through music and our testimonies. The name came from color of the dirt at the foot of our saviors cross rather than the musical style.

Alan DelVecchio: Founder; RedDirt Revival, Song writer, guitar and vocals. Active member of the Duluth Gospel Tabernacle, 1515 West Superior Street, Duluth, MN 55806.
Jodie Wuollet: Bass guitar. Active member of Anchor Point Church. 5202 Colorado Street Duluth, MN 55804.

RedDirt Revival is committed to furthering the Gospel and kingdom of Jesus Christ. We are a non-profit group who will play any Christian event, whose purpose is to bring the Gospel to the lost and broken-hearted.

1:30 - Presence Music

Presence Music is a faith-filled collection of artists from Duluth, MN. They are co-lead by industry veteran Jesse Paul Smith, who has worked with Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, and Channing Tatum. He has released an album produced by Cole Walowac of Capital Kings, and performed on stages nationally and internationally for over fifteen years. Presence Music was formed when co-lead vocalists Brandon and Leah Monson joined with Jesse and area worship veterans Dan and Cheri Gaylen and Nik Wourms to help believers find more hope and joy in God’s presence. As a group, they have opened for national Christian acts such as Stars Go Dim, Influence Music, and “The Voice” Winner Jordan Smith. You will also find them routinely leading worship and speaking at large Christian camps, music festivals, and retreats all over the Midwest. Their mission as a band is to make it really hard to miss out on Jesus at any event they lead.

2:30 - Ben Fuller

Music has taken Ben Fuller’s life and made it into something he never would have dreamed. Growing up in Southern Vermont, on his family dairy farm, where he learned about hard work and a passion he saw first-hand from his father, he started singing at a young age to pass the time. Well, the song just never stopped and somewhere between the farm and college, he picked up a guitar and never looked back. 

In 2015, Ben was involved in a beautiful yet devastating drug-fueled relationship which led him to understand better, the other side of the disease. In addition, come 2017, he abruptly lost his best friend to a drug overdose and his entire outlook on life shifted. 

Motivated to change, he moved to Nashville to pursue his career as a singer/songwriter in late 2018.  Falling face first into his music and a new-found relationship with Jesus led him to begin writing with a burning desire to help individuals who struggle with addiction. Today, his heart continues to fill with stories of loss, hope and love as he travels across our country to sing his story as well as the stories of those who can no longer.

3:45pm - Apollo LTD

Apollo LTD’s alternative-pop anthems blur the horizon between organic music and electronic soundscapes. It’s an otherworldly sound with a human core — a cinematic mix of airy synthesizes, deep-seated grooves, and larger-than-life hooks that target the head as well as the heart. 

Naming their duo after the NASA program that sent the world’s first astronauts to the Moon, bandmates Jordan Phillips and Adam Stark launched Apollo LTD into orbit in 2015. Their full-length debut, Out of Body, followed in 2019, earning the songwriters their first Top 40 hit (with the electro-pop single “Gold”) and racking up a Dove Awards nomination for Best Rock Album. By the time the awards ceremony rolled around in October 2020, though, Jordan and Adam found themselves stuck at home in Nashville, kept indoors by a worldwide pandemic that had turned everyday life upside down.

Much of Apollo LTD’s second album, Nothing is Ordinary. Everything is Beautiful, was created during those strange months in isolation. A bombastic, uplifting pop album about resilience and resolve, Nothing is Ordinary. Everything is Beautiful reframes the unique obstacles of modern-day life as reasons to come together rather than pull apart. This is music for clubs, cathedrals, and coliseums — wide-armed, Technicolor music that’s built to move, punctuated by messages that pack as powerful a punch as the EDM drops, pulsing drumbeats, and singalong choruses that push each track skyward.

5:15 - I Am They

For pop worship band I AM THEY, believing in God’s faithfulness is an active exercise in trust. After years of member transition and internal uncertainty with how or even why to move forward, they are leaning on Hebrews 10:23 – “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who is promised is faithful.” The band – made up of Matt Hein (vocals, guitar), Abbie Parker, (vocals), Brandon Chase (vocals, guitar), Justin Shinn (keys) and Nicole Hickman (drums) – poured the challenges of the past, hope for the future and a newfound joy for the present into their third album, Faithful God. More than a collection of new songs, Faithful God is a look back and a look forward, a declaration of promises kept and promises yet to come.

The album’s first single, aptly titled “Faithful God,” speaks to those familiar times of confusion, times when you aren’t sure what next step to take, but just as quickly confirms that beyond all hope, God hasn’t let go. The story isn’t over.

7:00 - We Are Messengers

The acclaimed Irish American band We Are Messengers are a rag tag group of friends consisting of Darren Mulligan (lead vocals), Kyle Williams (guitar), Drew Kerxton (drums) and Raul Aguilar (bass) who still believe that it’s possible to change the world. The band identify with the hurting, the outsider and the underdog, and offer songs like an olive branch to society’s marginalized. They have captivated audiences across the world with a live show that is as gritty and rowdy as it is tender and connective. We Are Messengers’ blue-collar work ethic and unfiltered honesty are front and center on Power (Curb | Word Entertainment) - an album worthy of its name.

Power is the band’s first full-length record since their critically-acclaimed, self-titled debut. With nearly 100 million on-demand streams, and more than 1 billion radio impressions, the Dove-nominated and K-LOVE Fan Award-winning band boasts six Top 10 Billboard Christian Airplay hits, and three Top 5 singles, elevating the stakes for We Are Messengers’ sophomore effort.

Mulligan and Williams self-produced the record and co-wrote the majority of Power’s 12 tracks, recording the project entirely on the road. “It was a really unconventional way of writing a record, but what’s super cool is that these songs were written and tracked as we felt things deeply and they are still so fresh to us,” Mulligan shares. “Everything about the process felt organic and unforced. We’ve written the most honest songs we can for human beings, telling stories about our messy lives and about how God meets us in our humanity.

Power’s dozen tracks are as diverse as the band’s fanbase. From the Gospel-charged title track and reggae-inflected “Love,” to the Irish lilt of “Home” and the message of self-acceptance found on the  number one radio single “Maybe It’s Ok,” the album uses a spectrum of sonic textures woven together lyrically by the one thread that sets We Are Messengers apart from other bands: their uncanny ability to speak the truth in love.

9:00pm - Francesca Battistelli 

Blending elements of soul, alternative rock, gospel, and mainstream pop into her Billboard-charting songs, Grammy Award winner Francesca Battistelli began writing and performing her own material at age 15. A childhood immersed in music, dance, and theater prepared her for a future career on the stage. She was still a teen when she released her debut album, Just a Breath, in 2004. Her second long-player, 2008's My Paper Heart, topped the Billboard Christian albums chart with help from the Christian number one song "Free to Be Me." By 2014, Battistelli had sung her way into the mainstream, peaking just outside the Billboard 200 Top Ten with her fifth set, If We're Honest, which featured a pair of gold-certified singles: "He Knows My Name" and the Grammy-winning "Holy Spirit." In 2020, she returned to the Billboard holiday albums chart with her second seasonal release, This Christmas. The soundtrack entry "God Is Good" from the film God's Not Dead: We the People arrived in 2021.