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Annual Christian music festival returns to Vail’s Ford Amphitheater next weekend

VAIL — Change those five words — "We've never done that before" — to "That's gonna be so awesome!" and you have the basic premise behind Uplift, a Christian music festival.

It's next Sunday in Vail's Ford Amphitheater.

The goal is not complicated.

"To bring our community together, to lift up the name of Jesus and reach the lost," said Kirsten Webster, one of the Uplift organizers.

The lineup is another of those stories in divine intervention.

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Christian music star Jeremy Camp is headlining, which is a God-sized big deal.

He has 25 No. 1 singles across all formats, four gold albums, a Grammy nomination, and a collection of those No. 1 hits, "I Still Believe."

One of the Uplift organizers knows someone who knows someone who knows Camp, who said, "I'm totally in."

Camp was also last year's headliner, and said he's happy to be back.

"Last year was incredible. We saw God do amazing things," Camp said.

The Capital Kings, Dominic Balli and Nick Carleton, who's on the staff of The Vail Church in Eagle-Vail, join Camp. Carleton and his band toured with the movie "Heaven is for Real."

Lifting up Uplift

Uplift packed the place last year, and organizers are hoping for that again. The thing is, they're putting some muscle behind their prayers.

"Church liaisons in every church are spreading the word. We're working with a great team of people," Webster said.

Last year's first Uplift was the first Christian concert in the Ford Amphitheater that anyone can remember. Lots of churches and other organizations have done all sorts of events — mostly wonderful — but nothing of this scope.

God smiled on it, and so did everyone involved, so they're doing another.

Youth groups from all over the region are rolling in, from the Front Range to Grand Junction.

The backstory isn't complicated. Uplift started when the local merchants association wanted to bring events to the area. The Uplift idea bubbled to the surface, as good ideas do.

Someone suggested, "Try to get the amphitheater." So they did, Webster said.

The next thing they knew, they were planning their second Uplift — this one.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

If You Go

What: Uplift, a contemporary Christian music festival

When: 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6.

Where: Ford Amphitheater, Vail

Tickets: $40 reserved, $20 general admission

Information: Jeremy Camp is the headliner. For tickets and information, go to http://www.upliftvail.com or take your chances at the gate. A youth party starts at 4 p.m. before the concert.