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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

'Rock the Coast' Christian musical festival set for May 16-17

MUSKEGON -- Secular rock music group AC/DC once screamed "Rock n' Roll Ain't Noise Pollution."

At Muskegon's "Rock the Coast," it can also please the soul.

The annual Christian music festival will be May 16 and May 17 at Michigan's Adventure, Michigan's largest amusement park.

The featured headliner for May 16 will be Christian music chart-toppers Sanctus Real. The band is known for using its carefully crafted music, lyrics and melodies to deliver powerful, Christ-centered messages.

"Rock the Coast is back for its sixth year, and we are planning for the biggest and best weekend yet," Alive on the Lakeshore Chairman Roger Eikenberry said in a prepared statement. Alive on the Lakeshore is the event organizer.

"We will have more bands than ever before on the main stage for the evening show," Eikenberry said. "Having more bands on Saturday is another way to highlight the Christian message that is key to the event."

Other acts that will appear on the main stage include:

• The Afters, whose award-winning debut record, I Wish We All Could Win," included the single, "Beautiful Love," which became Christian music's No. 1 downloaded song of 2006.

• Fireflight, a female-led band of rockers that is one of the hottest new groups on the Christian music scene.

• Everlife, a three-sister group that has performed on the Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana tour.

• Local band, The Fabulous, which has been touring nationwide since appearing at the 2008 Unity Festival in Muskegon. Their latest CD, "No Paradise," was produced in Nashville and receiving national airplay on Christian radio stations.

The combination of Christian music and amusement park rides has made the festival a popular family-oriented event, Eikenberry said. More than 3,800 people attended the 2008 festival.

Proceeds from the event are donated to Youth for Christ and area First Priority ministries.

Rock the Coast tickets can be purchased directly at Michigan's Adventure, or from Startickets by calling +18005853737 or online at

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