published Friday, June 1st, 2012

JFEST Christian music festival Saturday in Camp Jordan

Chris August
Chris August

* What: JFest.

* When: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday.

* Where: Camp Jordan, East Ridge.

* Admission: $15 ages 11 and up, free for children ages 10 and younger with paying adults, $5 wristband for Kids World and Extreme Games.

* Website:


* 8 a.m. Run for God

* 10 a.m. God Struck

* 11 a.m. Worlds Untold

* 12:10 p.m. Dara Maclean

* 1:20 p.m. Sidewalk Prophets

* 2:30 p.m. Chris August

* 3:45 p.m. Building 429

* 4:30 p.m. Ilusionist/evangelist Tom Coverly

* 6 p.m. Kutless

Dove Award winners Sidewalk Prophets, Chris August and Kutless will perform Saturday during JFest at Camp Jordan in East Ridge.

JFest is the annual Christian music festival sponsored by J103 radio station that last year drew more than 8,000 fans. In addition to a stellar music lineup, festival director Ted Gocke said there will be 80 sponsor booths, 14 food vendors and illusionist/evangelist Tom Coverly, whom Gocke described as "the David Blaine of Christian illusionists."

Gocke said the music lineup highlights local talent as well as the national recording artists.

"Worlds Untold is primarily made up of Ringgold (Ga.) High School students. God Struck won the Battle for Christ regional band competition, and the prize was a spot at JFest," said Gocke.

"New artist Dara Maclean did a mini-set at Winter Jam, so fans will get to hear a full set from her. She's had two big hits: 'Suitcases' and 'Free'," said the J103 morning-show host.

Kutless won the Dove Award in 2006 for its track on the special-event album of music inspired by "The Chronicles of Narnia."

"Kutless hasn't been to Chattanooga in a long time," said Gocke. "They are a little edgier but still play the ballads that everyone finds so touching."

For the second year, a 5K race, Run for God, will start at 8 a.m. Gocke said runners may register today online or Saturday at 7 a.m. on-site. The run's $35 registration fee includes admission to JFest.

Contact Susan Pierce at spierce@times or 423-757-6284.

about Susan Pierce...

Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...

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