Rock the Coast got off to a solid start Friday night at Michigan’s Adventure. The opening day lineup featured artists from several different genres, headlined by six-time Grammy nominees and two-time winners Audio Adrenaline.
MUSKEGON, MI – When Rock the Coast organizer Kevin Newton said the spring event featuring premier Christian music concerts would take a year off in 2012, he cited the need to “Plan, think and pray.”
After people of all ages packed the parking lot of Michigan’s Adventure Friday for the first night of the 2013 version of the event, it’s safe to say that strategy was a success.
The two-day event is set to continue Saturday at the popular amusement park for the festival that combines rides and Christian music. Performances on Saturday begin at 5:30 p.m.
Rock the Coast got off to a solid start Friday night. The opening day lineup featured artists from several different genres, headlined by six-time Grammy nominees and two-time winners Audio Adrenaline.
The night began with performances by Christian rappers Nate Fuerstein and George Moss, who entertained a small crowd early in the evening.
“I liked George’s performance,” said Grand Rapids native Josh Vanderlaan. “He’s come to our church a few times. I really like his message. Christian rap is cool because it brings new people into the Christian music scene.”
Montague native Ethan Kennedy was seeing Moss for the second time and said he was even better than the first time. He added that he is really looking forward to his new music.
As the crowd continued to roll in, Jason Dunn, former lead singer for the Christian punk band Hawk Nelson, took the stage. By the time his performance was over, the crowd had tripled in size.
Dunn, who recently left Hawk Nelson to pursue a solo career, was very appreciative of those in attendance.
“This is kind of my unofficial launch to the next chapter in my life,” Dunn said to the crowd. “My first-ever tour was with Audio Adrenaline and my last tour with Hawk Nelson was with Disciple. How perfect is this evening?”
The Christian metal band Disciple followed Dunn’s performance and served as the final appetizer before the headlining Audio Adrenaline took the stage before a packed parking lot of spectators.
Rock the Coast will continue to rock on Saturday when Christian contemporary band Tenth Avenue North headlines a lineup that includes Grand Rapids indie band Carielle, Finding Favour, Holly Starr and Mikeschair.
“I’m really looking forward to Holly Starr,” Vanderlaan said. “I really like her music.”