April 11th, 2008 07:07 EST
Annual Music Festival features Powerhouse Lineup
Frenchtown, NJ -- Revelation Generation, the annual outdoor Labor Day Weekend music festival at Revelation Farms in Frenchtown, NJ, today announced a powerhouse lineup for the fourth consecutive year of the concert, taking place August 29-30, 2008. This year's acts span a host of genres including rock, pop, hip hop, alternative, and acoustic. Revelation Generation 2008 will feature three stages named for cities that have produced countless musical talents: the New York Stage which perennial fan-favorite, newsboys, returns to headline; the Philadelphia Stage headlined by metalcore juggernaut As I Lay Dying; and the newly-named Nashville Stage featuring Bethany Dillon. Steeply- discounted pre-sale tickets are also now available to fans at www.iTickets.com.
Revelation Generation kicks off on Friday night, August 29, with a trio of impressive acts including singer- songwriter Chris Tomlin, progressive rock band Leeland, and former American Idol finalist, Mandisa. To top off that lineup, newsboys front man, Paul Coleman, will emcee opening night.
The music continues all day on Saturday, August 30. Joining newsboys on the New York Stage will be the captivating Grammy-nominated stage performer TobyMac, bringing his trademark brand of rock, funk, and hip hop; award-winning band Sixpence None the Richer who is reuniting and re-entering the pop music scene with a new album and tour; singer-songwriter Matt Wertz whose latest album, Everything In Between, has received shining reviews; Kutless, the Portland, Oregon-based band whose blend of rock and praise have led to hits like "Sea of Faces" and "Strong Tower"; and the Robbie Seay Band who brings a raw, edgy sound as heard on their most recent release, Give Yourself Away.
Performing with As I Lay Dying on the Philadelphia Stage will be the powerfully infectious Flyleaf; gnarly rock quintet Norma Jean; MTV2's Breakout contest champions, The Myriad; the metal-rock blend sound of The Devil Wears Prada; the talented-beyond-their- years August Burns Red; and the fan-favorite, genre- fusing Skillet returns for a second-straight year.
The tented Nashville Stage will feature some of the Music City's finest acoustic group and solo acts as well as local bands and performers in an intimate, club-like setting. Eighteen-year-old Bethany Dillon will showcase her acoustic roots rock talents, pulling songs from all three of her albums, including her latest, Waking Up. Singer-songwriter Shawn MacDonald will captivate Nashville Stage audiences with his mesmerizing blend of folk and soul, and returning for a second year, Phil Keaggy will delight young and old with his mastery of the guitar. With this new stage, concert-goers will experience up-close- and-personal performances by their favorite artists, allowing for totally unique concert experience.
The three stages - spread over 140-plus acres - will aim to provide festival attendees with a variety of fun and exciting experiences - not to mention one of the hottest lineups of musical acts to anchor the summer concert season.
"We are thrilled to have such talented, high-profile musical performers on this year's Revelation Generation bill," said Robert Grom, co-founder of Revelation Generation with wife Kim Grom. "Showcasing artists that bring a positive message to fans through their music truly helps us spread the mission of Revelation Generation - and that is something we can all find inspiring."
About the Performers
With fourteen albums and thousands of shows under their belts, the newsboys know how to bring down the house. The band returns to Revelation Generation with its powerful combination of music and message.
Grammy-nominated TobyMac brings his rock/funk/hip- hop sound to Revelation Generation as one of the music scene's most eclectic performers. His recently- released album, "Portable Sounds," has set the standard for faith-based pop-urban music.
Sixpence None the Richer, well-known for its Grammy- nominated hit song "Kiss Me" (featured in the motion picture She's All That), is comprised of songwriter/guitarist Matt Slocum and vocalist Leigh Nash. The group expects a new record to be released in late 2008.
Metalcore band, As I Lay Dying, brings a positive message through a combustible aggressive style of music. Staying true to the much-loved metal sound they put a positive spin on the struggles that young people are facing in their daily lives instead of dwelling on what's wrong with the world.
Immensely popular, The Myriad rides a wave of recent success into Revelation Generation. The band won MTV2's "Dew Circuit Breakout" contest and will have a downloadable song featured on the Rockband video game for Microsoft XBox and Sony PlayStation gaming systems.
Atlanta quintet, Norma Jean, returns to Revelation Generation on the heels of its recently released LP, "Redeemer." The band brings a raw, energy- infused sound that is thoroughly emotional, spiritual, visceral, and physical.
Former American Idol finalist, Mandisa, brings vocal perfection to Revelation Generation: According to USA Today, "Mandisa is powerful and has tremendous breath and pitch control, and there's no reason that woman should be working as anything other than a singer."
With tight chemistry, heavy music and even heavier lyrics, Flyleaf graces the Revelation Generation stage having cut their chops on high-profile tours with the likes of Staind, Cold and POD.
Musical prodigy, Bethany Dillon, has had a musical career of which most veterans can only dream. Having started writing songs at 14, Bethany brings a youthful yet mature sound to Revelation Generation.
For more information and detailed profiles on all of the Revelation Generation acts, visit www.revelationgeneration.org.
As a non-profit organization, Revelation Generation is dedicated to encouraging and inspiring young adults to live positive lifestyles free from depression, peer pressure, and addiction. "The whole idea behind Revelation Generation is to inspire today's youth to live a positive lifestyle - and an event like this can truly light that fire," said Kim Grom. "We're continually amazed at the dedication and loyalty of our attendees which is why we're putting forth our greatest effort to showcase the most popular and talented musical acts out there - ultimately delivering a positive experience that kids can take with them beyond the festival."
In addition to the all-star musical performances, Revelation Generation will feature several of the nation's most powerful speakers (soon to be announced). The family-friendly event will also continue to offer festival favorites such as the children's activities, games, inflatable rides, and extreme sports, as well as the large local vendor tent offering food, drinks, apparel and other goods.
Ticket Availability & Information
Tickets can be purchased online at www.iTickets.com, currently available at pre-sales pricing with an average discount of 40 percent below gate prices for a limited time. For more information including news, directions, accommodations, ministry alliances, and vendor or sponsorship opportunities, visit the official festival website www.revelationgeneration.org or on MySpace at www.myspace.com/revelationgenerationorg.
About Revelation Generation
Revelation Generation is an annual music festival which takes place on Revelation Farms in Frenchtown, N.J., a 140-plus acre property owned by Robert and Kim Grom - original founders of the Christian non-profit organization who have dedicated their farm to many youth events and to raising money for youth-oriented charities. Revelation Generation is a first-rate entertainment event that calls today's youth to live positive lifestyles--free of depression, peer pressure, and addiction--by using their influence and talents to serve others. Revelation Generation brings together a unique mix of emerging and award-winning musical artists spanning rock, pop, alternative, and punk, along with inspiring speakers, demonstrations, activities, and games that the whole family can enjoy. For more information, visit www.revelationgeneration.org.