The cicadas are adding a new song to Ichthus this year, singing from the trees as the festival winds into an evening of worship and teaching before Skillet fires up the nighttime goings on with its explosive show. No word on whether the Memphis band has the pyrotechnics in tow it showed off in Rupp Arena earlier this year.
But this lull is welcome, it's what we need whether we know it or not. A hot afternoon has taken its toll, and even if we have some energy left to rock with the Panheads, Jeremy Camp and Fireflight, it's already a given we will sleep well tonight.
Here are some of our favorite moments thus far today:
~ Buying a Hawk Nelson T-shirt from a mother daughter team so devoted to the band they just showed up, asked if they could help and ended up working the sales table.
~ Seeing Jason Dunn become the latest real rocker to sling a Guitar Hero controller at Ichthus. David Crowder did it last year.
~ Talking to Stephanie Smith about becoming something of a pro at working with cicadas. She also performed at a pre-fest showcase on Wednesday night, and there she learned that you can't be scared of the little monsters and just need to forget about them. The guys in RED also said they had never dealt with anything like that before.
~ RED's scorching set. Those guys knew exactly what they wanted to do with their set and executed it pefectly.
~ Hearing Brenton Brown sing live -- twice! -- my favorite song to play on guitar: Everlasting God.
Brenton is winding down -- saying he, "got lucky in Kentucky," -- some youth groups and workers are winding up teaching and devotion times, and I'm starting to feel that burn on my neck.