GraceFest is coming to the Santa Clarita Valley for the first time in its eight-year history, giving Santa Clarita believers from a variety of churches the opportunity to come together for a day of music and worship at Central Park while benefiting local charities.
Hosted by Kid’s Charities of the Santa Clarita Valley, the family-friendly festival features music from Santa Clarita Christian bands as well as the nationally known contemporary Christian artists, Building 429 and Manafest. Local food vendors, Christian merchants, a prayer tent and a supervised kids area are also planned for the event.
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“It’s the first time we’ve ever had an event that’s an all-day Christian music festival in Santa Clarita,” said Barry McKeever, the event’s director. “It’s a day for the Christian community in Santa Clarita to come together, and it doesn’t matter what church you go to– we can come together and basically have worship and celebration at a very family-friendly event that everybody can enjoy.”
Opening the show is John Stratton, who won a battle of the bands event where local bands competed for the chance to open the show, said Stan Rutledge, the event’s talent and stage coordinator.
Stratton is followed by several other local Christian bands, including Matter, Imagine Tomorrow, Jim Gustin and Truth Jones, and Andy Gregory. RockNacappella, an acapella group, is also scheduled to perform, with the main headliners of the show being the well-known bands Manafest and Building 429.
“We just feel so blessed and we’re so excited and happy to play an event like that,” said Justin Rowlett, drummer of the rock-pop band Imagine Tomorrow and worship team member at New Life Assembly of God church in Canyon Country. “It’s truly an honor, and we just can’t wait to get there and perform.”
The festival will feature an eclectic mix of music, with styles ranging from contemporary rock to pop, country and hip-hop, Rutledge said.
“I’ve attended the GraceFest in Antelope Valley before and thought it was a great event,” said Jim Gustin, who is singer, guitar-player and songwriter for his blues band, Jim Gustin and Truth Jones, and a member of the worship team at Heart of the Canyons church in Canyon Country. “I was super excited to hear that we were having one in Santa Clarita, and to get to play at it is just amazing.”
The festival will also have a supervised youth area where children can enjoy sketches, skits, games, crafts and a separate kids stage that will feature singers and songwriters.
Event beneficiaries include Trinity Classical Academy, LifeSupporter.org, the Domestic Violence Center and the SCV Pregnancy Center.
GraceFest SCV is scheduled from 1 to 9 p.m. on May 31 at Central Park and gates open at 12 p.m.
Tickets are $15 for adults if purchased in advance and $20 at the gate, and tickets for youth ages 11 to 19 are $10. Children 10 and under are free.
All tickets are general admission and include admission to the kid’s area. Seating is festival-style on grass with no reserved seating. For more information, click here.
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