Thursday, April 10, 2014

Tenth Avenue North headlines Illumination Festival

GREENVILLE – The 2014 Illumination Festival returns to the Darke County Fairgrounds on Sept. 20 and 21. Past headliners had already achieved great success in the contemporary Christian music field or were on their way up. This year’s artist is no exception. The Illumination Festival Committee is pleased to announce Tenth Avenue North will headline the main concert in front of the Grandstand on Sept. 21. This is the eighth year for this concert, which has featured performances from MercyMe, TobyMac, Newsboys, Big Daddy Weave, Sanctus Real, Jeremy Camp and others.

Tenth Avenue North formed in West Palm Beach, FL nearly 10 years ago while members of the band were attending Palm Beach Atlantic College. Their name comes from the street a couple of the original band members were living on while attending college.

Although the band has had a few members come and go, the main emphasis has always been presenting the Truth. One of the band members said, “What we’re hoping for with this music that we’re making is to not just entertain people. I think it’s safe to say that we already have plenty of that. What we’re wanting is to see people encounter truth.”

Presenting the truth of the Gospel has put them on the right track. They have found success with all three of their studio albums, Over and Underneath; The Light Meets the Dark; and most recently, The Struggle. The latter two albums reached #1 on the U.S. Christian chart. The band has also scored #1 hits with Strong Enough to Save and You Are More. In 2009, Tenth Avenue North earned a Dove Award for New Artist of the Year. They followed that award up a year later with one for Song of the Year (By Your Side).

The Illumination Committee continues to work on adding more bands for this year’s festival. Look for new events to be added while continuing with familiar favorites such as Day One – an event designed for youth. This year’s Day One event will take place on Sept. 20.

Tickets for the Illumination Festival will go on sale May 1. Early bird pricing will be available from May 1-10 with general admission at $20, reserved seats and track (standing only) for $25 and VIP (in front of the stage) for $50. Prices will go up $5 for all tickets (except VIP) on May 11. Tickets will be available at Bread of Life Christian Bookstore and the Darke County Fairgrounds in Greenville, Christian Bookstore in Union City, IN, Trinity Books and Gifts in Richmond, IN and

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