Last year, Quest Community Church turned heads with Questapalooza, an all-day music and activity event featuring national recording acts such as Shaun Groves and Tait. This year, Questapalooza tops itself in the music department with Tobymac headlining the Sept. 9 festival . Toby is still identified as part of dc talk, even in Quest's press release. But considering he has owned the No. 1 spot on Christian hip-hop charts for years, some people may be saying dc who? Which is to say a Lexington church landing Toby (Photo, left, from June's Ichthus Festival) for its event is most decidedly a get. Joining the Christian pop chart topper will be Starfield and Foolish Things.
Filling out Questapalooza are attractions such as a petting zoo, carnival rides including a ferris wheel, and a motocross demonstration. Quest is developing a knack for these head-turning events such as the U2 Easter earlier this year. Questapalooza is the culmination of the church's fall kick off, and certainly a big invitation to go check the church out. With Tobymac topping the bill, it's a safe bet a lot of people will take them up on the offer. Click here for the festival website.
This concert will be the biggest Christian pop event in the heart of Lexington the next couple of months, but there is quite a bit of live action coming soon:
~ Jars of Clay, Newsong, By the Tree, Michael English, Russ Taff and Nate Sallie are playing Celebration Day in London on Aug. 4. Tickets are $20 and gates open at 1 p.m.
~ GRITS, Seventh Day Slumber and Poor Man's Riches are featured the next Saturday at Rock Da'Ville, taking place on four stages in Danville. The music starts midday and admission is free.
~ Vigilantes of Love's Bill Mallonee plays Calvary Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Aug. 18. This is an outdoor concert between Calvary's Sanctuary building and its recreation and outreach center. Admission is free.
~ Phillips, Craig and Dean (I always want to say, "The law firm of . . . before that) and 33 Miles play Northeast Christian Church at 7 p.m. Sept. 6. Tickets are $16 in advance, $17.50 at the door.
~ You may have read in Saturday's Herald-Leader that Ichthus Ministries is aiming to Give Habitat for Humanity a boost with the Hullabaloo for Habitat at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at Ichthus Farm. The lineup includes Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, The Impressions, Tony Trischka and the Ascenxion Band. Tickets are $25 adults and $10 children, in advance.
~ And last, the Big Kahuna: Casting Crowns, Leeland and John Waller at Rupp Arena at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 in Rupp Arena. Tickets are $17 to $41 and on sale now.