MercyMe to headline RiseFest on June 21

Rise Ministries and Northwestern College will co-sponsor the fourth annual RiseFest on June 21, 2008, with musical headliner MercyMe, Go Fish, several other bands, an extreme sports area, Kids Zone, seminars and speaker Rob Roozeboom. The event will take place at the Northwestern College soccer complex and will begin with a 5K/10K run at 8 a.m.

Tickets are $15; children 10 and under will be admitted free. Tickets are on sale online, in the Northwestern student development office, and at local bookstores. For more information, call (712) 324-9763.

MercyMe was propelled into the spotlight of contemporary Christian and mainstream music in 2001 with the smash hit, “I Can Only Imagine,” which earned a Dove Award for Song of the Year and Christian Songwriter of the Year honors for the group’s frontman, Bart Millard. In the preceding years, MercyMe has won six more Dove Awards and recorded six albums, featuring hits such as “Word of God Speak,” “Here With Me,” “So Long Self,” “Bring the Rain” and “God With Us.”

The musical lineup for RiseFest 2008 will also include the popular children-oriented Go Fish; DecembeRadio, winner of the 2007 Dove Award for Rock Album of the Year; pop/rock band Addison Road, whose single “All That Matters” hit #1 in the Christian contemporary hit radio charts in March; hip-hop band Group 1 Crew; and alternative rock band Capital Lights.

RiseFest website