Fam­ily Force 5 brings its high en­ergy show to Jfest, the area's largest Chris­tian Mu­sic Fes­tival SATUR­DAY

The Ten­nessee Val­ley’s largest Chris­tian mu­sic fes­tival is set for Satur­day

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It’s a rock con­cert. It’s a wor­ship ex­pe­ri­ence. It’s Jfest, a day-long lineup of top Chris­tian mu­sic acts that evan­ge­lizes to the lost while pro­vid­ing clean fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment.

Jfest topped 8,000 vis­i­tors last year, and or­ga­niz­ers at spon­sor­ing J103 ra­dio sta­tion are ex­pect­ing to top 10,000 at the 19th an­nual Jfest tak­ing place Satur­day, May 20, at Camp Jor­dan.

“This year, ev­ery one of the artists is na­tion­ally known,” says event co­or­di­na­tor Ted Gocke of J103.

“We’ll start things off in the morn­ing with the Run for God Jfest 5K at 8 a. m. Then, around lunch, we’ll be­gin with our mu­si­cal artists on­stage.”

Af­ter gates open to the pub­lic at 9:30 a.m. and while they wait for the mu­sic to be­gin, vis­i­tors can browse 60 booths be­long­ing to Jfest spon­sors or take the kids to Kids World. The chil­dren’s area will have in­flat­a­bles, a pet­ting zoo, archery tag for lit­tle Kat­niss Everdeen wannabes and a va­ri­ety of games. Or just chow down on any of the con­ces­sions be­ing sold by food ven­dors.

Bring a fold­ing lawn chair, set up and en­joy eight mu­si­cal acts that be­gin at 10:45 a.m. with Micah Tyler. This year’s co-head­lin­ers are five-time Dove Award-win­ner Jeremy Camp and Fam­ily Force 5 from At­lanta.

Fam­ily Force 5 are Chris­tian crunk orig­i­na­tors mak­ing their de­but at Jfest.

“They are one of the most high-en­ergy bands you’ll ever see,” says Gocke. “‘Chain­saw’ is their song. They started off as a fam- ily act years ago and now have added four other mem­bers. They have a song called ‘BZRK’ where they sing while jump­ing on mini tram­po­lines on­stage — and they never miss a beat, don’t get out of breath. They are a re­ally fun band.”

Camp has 11 al­bums to his credit, five of them cer­ti­fied gold and one plat­inum. He was named ASCAP’s songwriter of the year in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010. He’s a Grammy nom­i­nee and was three-time Amer­i­can Mu­sic Award nom­i­nee.

“He made his first ap­pear­ance at Jfest in 2013 and we’ve had many re­quests to bring him back,” says Gocke. “He has sev­eral songs on the ra­dio now, but his most pop­u­lar song is ‘He Knows.’ His mu­sic is very down-toearth, very driven and speaks to the heart.”

Among other artists will be Hol­lyn from Franklin, Tenn., a pop­u­lar ris­ing star who just re­leased a new al­bum, “One Way Con­ver­sa­tions,” in Fe­bru­ary; and Zach Willi­ams, whose hit “Chain Breaker” was No. 1 on Bill­board’s Hot Chris­tian Songs chart for mul­ti­ple weeks.

Sanc­tus Real will play Satur­day af­ter­noon. The Toledo, Ohio- based band has notched No. 1 sin­gles with “Lead Me,” “For­given,” “I’m Not Al­right,” “Don’t Give Up,” “We Need Each Other” and “Every­thing About You” from its five al­bums.

To cap off the night, J103 will present the area’s first fire­works show of the sea­son at the con­clu­sion of Camp’s set. Gocke says the fire­works will be synced to mu­sic of the artists who per­form at Jfest that day.

Bring a fold­ing chair and set up for the day at Jfest. Mu­sic starts at 10:45 a.m. with con­tin­u­ous acts un­til the fire­works ex­trav­a­ganza closes the fes­tival.

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