Uplift Christian music festival returns to Vail’s Ford Amphitheater for second year
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What: Uplift, a contemporary Christian music festival
When: 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6.
Where: Ford Amphitheater, Vail
Cost: $40 reserved, $20 general admission
More information: Jeremy Camp is the headliner. For tickets and information, go to www.upliftvail.com or take your chances at the gate. A youth party starts at 4 p.m. before the concert.
VAIL – When God asks you to do something, you’d better do it right, says Christian music star Jeremy Camp.
That, Camp said, is what made last year’s inaugural Uplift music festival so successful that they’re doing it again.
It’s Sunday evening in Vail’s Ford Amphitheater.
You can sit in the back and hum Kum By Yah if you want, but the rest of us are gonna be down front dancing.
“God moved and it was awesome!” Camp said of last year’s Uplift festival. “It went better than anyone expected.”
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Camp is a God-sized big deal in Christian music. 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.”
Brothers and friends
John David and Kirsten Webster, among Uplift’s organizers, are originally from Indiana, as is Camp. They’ve known one another for 20 years, to when Webster felt led to start putting Uplift together, they knew who they wanted for their headliner.
Webster called Camp with this idea. Camp thought about it for a length of time shorter than anything this side of a theoretical physics experiment, and said, “I’m totally in.”
“Last year was incredible. We saw God do amazing things,” Camp said.
The Capital Kings, Dominic Ball 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.”
Uplift packed the Ford Amphitheater last year, and organizers are hoping for that again. The thing is, they’re putting some muscle behind their prayers. Churches all over the area are spreading the word.
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.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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