New Song From Preson Phillips

Preson Phillips is working on a new cd for release this fall.  Watch Preson Phillips perform “Wandering Soul” at Cornerstone 2011. If this is an example of what is coming, we are very excited.

The Best of Cornerstone 2011

It has been a week, almost to the hour, since the final decibels of Cornerstone 2011 went silent. I personally saw 63 shows at Cornerstone 2011 and lost 9 shows to power outages.  That many shows, plus maintaining a camp site and developing new relationships, all book-ended by 20 hour drives, takes a little time to process. A week later three shows stand out.

Gungor Brings Cornerstone 2011 to Tears

EMI executive and lifelong music entrepreneur John Thompson was telling us all week that Gungor was one of the most brilliant musical acts on the music scene today. We had listened to their cds for over a year but we did not share John’s enthusiasm. Boy, were we wrong. Over a course of an hour, Gungor closed out the Cornerstone 2011 main stage with one of the most beautiful, artistic sets of music I have ever scene in my life of over 1,000 shows. A five piece rock band, augmented by a chamber ensemble, the show also included video enhancement of just about every song. The music was complex, daring, intricate and breathtakingly beautiful. At one point I looked at Debbie and saw tears running down her cheeks. There was one song where Michael Gungor took the band from chamber pop to bluegrass to slamming electric blues, and it worked. The highlight of the show was “Glory Is Here” which was lifted to a new level with the spoken word performance of Amena Brown.

Gungor shows are mixed-media shows that go beyond the idea of a concert, blending music, artwork, poetry and spoken word, lights and video into an overall inspirational event.  You need to go out of your way to see this band live.

Josh Garrels Brings Love & War & The Sea In Between to Cornerstone 2011

Josh Garrels was discovered at Cornerstone a decade ago when he worked the food court coffee shop and performed street shows on his breaks. Cornerstone leaders took noet of this talent and began to nurture one of the greatest musicians playing Christian or secular music today. His brilliant new release Love & War & The Seas In Between is a masterpiece. If anyone makes a better record in 2011, it will be a good year for music. Josh Garrels‘ Saturday night show included most of his backing band from the record and he spent most of the hour singing “Ulyses”, “Farther Along”, The Resistance”, “Beyond The Blue” and more from this new release. To watch Josh Garrels fully express his deep, challenging, joyous theology with his combination of folk and hip hop was a thrill for the entire audience.

Follow the link to download a free copy of Love & War & The Sea In Between. Do it, you will be happier.

Campbell The Band Create A Buzz at Cornerstone 2011

We loved Campbell The Band at the Cornerstone 2010 new band showcase. These guys charge the stage in all white and start an enthusiastic onslaught of joyous progressive rock that could seamlessly fill a Cornerstone tent, an arena or even a stadium. A huge crowd filled the Cornerstone 2011 Underground tent and the stage was filled with photographers trying to catch Campbell The Band on their ascent to national stardom. This band makes really good records which come to life with a stage show of boundless energy.

In addition to these high points we saw great sets from Sean Michel, Phil Keaggy and Bare Branches. Look for future articles about new bands such as Songs for Water, Pauw and Kye Kye.

State of The Music Business:Cornerstone 2011

Music executive John Thompson took an enrapt crowd of 50 aspiring musicians through a fascinating monologue on the history and the current state of the global music business.

John Thompson is the Creative Director for EMI CMG Publishing, the founder of Tru Tone Etc and the creative leader of The Wayside.  John Thompson has been a musician, music executive and music industry entrepreneur for nearly 30 years.  So he has lived through meteoric rise of the music industry in the late 90′s and the subsequent collapse of the entertainment juggernaut in the 21st century. John longingly refered to that as the “troubadour age.”

All of that changed in the early 20th century when mass production and distribution enabled sheet music to spread new songs rapidly across the country.  That is when an industry begin to develop around music and musicians began to make money from far reaching sources through royalties.

The entire process accelerated with radio, then mass produced phonographs with vinyl records that you can mostly find online if you check out this site, then television and then digital music until musicians became society’s wealthiest and most influential. That engine was tying to feed an ever bigger appetite by rushing artists to the front who had not fully developed.

In short, music moved from being about the craft to being about fame and fortune, so everyone wanted a piece.

The onset of effective digital distribution through the Internet brought all of that to a crashing fall.  With the loss of musical craftsmanship, the ease of creation and distribution have fed a pipeline of musical gold rushers into the market and consumers have responded by taking what they like and paying for virtually nothing.

According to John the music industry has shrunk by 65% in the past 5 years.

I think John Thompson is relishing the return to the troubadour orientation to music.  He encouraged the musicians to focus on their craft, build a tribe of fans and develop a lifestyle that will enable them to life on less than $25,000 a year.  He pointed to Gungor, Over The Rhine, Phil Keaggy and The Civil Wars as examples of artists who have followed the trobadour model to a level of success that will enable them to sustain their music careers for the rest of their lives.

Sitting in the middle of a field in in Illinois we were able experience a tour de force assessment of the music industry through the eyes of a true expert.  Only at Cornerstone.

Phil Keaggy Brings Order to Cornerstone 2011

Christian music pioneer Phil Keaggy proved last night at Cornerstone 2001 why extraordinary musicianship, an adventurous heart and commitment to craft transcends trendiness and commercial gimmickry.

We started the day at the main stage for the the first installment of the Cornerstone 2011 New Band Showcase with great sets from Fue, Beggars, Sam Roberson and MilanoFue‘s piano driven art rock was followed by Milano‘s big multi-layered arena indie rock.  Sam Roberson changed pace with a multi-layered folk and the morning concluded with Beggars post-rock wall of sound.  Check out our Cornerstone 2011 new band showcase interview series to learn more about these bands.

A power outage took our opportunity to see 20 Shades and A Wayward Heart, but the quiet, rest time was appreciated. Kind of like when you were in kindergarten.

We re-engaged the music with Bare Branches, Ben+Vesper, Dennison Witmer and a new favorite, Insomniac Folklore. We then had a tough decision.  One of our favorites and one of the most respected bands of Christian musicians on the scene today, Paper Route was playing at the same time as Christian rock legend Phil Keaggy.  We left Ian and Rebecca at Paper Route to catch Phil Keaggy.

We were amazed at the artistry displayed by the guitar slinger, Phil Keaggy.  The machine gun shredding, tonal artistry and effortless style changes place Phill Keaggy in a category with any guitarist I have ever scene (SRV, Clapton, Richards).

He made 30 year-old songs sound thoroughly modern. He has never stopped creating new music and it showed. He fronted a traditional 3 piece rock band set-up and created a thoroughly mesmerizing 40 minutes of pure slamming rock music.

Phil Keaggy was one of the great artists who blazed the trail of Christian music 30 years ago, before their was Christian music. He created the scene we cover on One21music today.  Most Christian musicians of today are aspiring to his musical genius and all Christian musicans today are standing on his shoulders.

Cornerstone 2011: Christian Music is NOT A Genre

It is hard to describe the feeling of community at a place like this. The amount of people attending partnered with the performers provides a unique look inside the next generation of believers in the U.S. and the way that they create art. Yet, through all of this, I haven’t heard one artist attending the festival identify themselves as a “Christian” artists as i am sure they need to in the world outside of Cornerstone. It is understood that everybody on the grounds exists as a big family. The music they play is something different.

Ive long held the belief that we should do away with the term “Christian music” because in reality what most people apply to that term is a very narrow scope of the world of music created by believers. If ever there was a place to put that belief into action is at Cornerstone. There is so much happening at this festival that the isle at Best Buy labeled Christian/Gospel would overrun the whole store. Christian music is not a sound, it isnt genre or an industry. It is a collection of artists who use the talents that God has given them and create earnestly because that is what they are supposed to do. Heavy metal and folk working together towards the same goal. Christian music is a movement.

This website exists to break any preconceived notions of what this movement is about. Im reminded everytime I come to this place that I need to keep digging, because there is so much out there, and there are some many opportunities to have my heart changed and molded as gid reveals more of His love through the art of Hid kids. Stay thirsty guys, and we will always need Cornerstone more than that small little section in Best Buy.

Sorry if I ranted

Sean Michel Rocks Cornerstone 2011

After a day of checking-in, setting-up camp, organizing our schedules and enjoying some iced chai coffee while listening to some very good music at Chelsea Cafe, we were rewarded with a steamy, smoking set from Sean Michel at the Arkansas Stage.

Sean Michel

Sean Michel Cornerstone 2011We first saw Sean Michel five years ago when he was featured on one of the American Idol audition shows. His waist length beard, soulful voice and daring version of “God Gonna Cut You Down” rocked the AI producers. We saw Sean Michel again a few months later at Cornerstone 2007. He was doing acoustic blues because he did not have a band with him. We fell in love with his aggressive evangelistic faith and music.

We have as many of his recordings as we can get our hands on but nothing prepared us for his full band onslaught of smoking delta blues. Sean Michel was rocking slide guitar while his backing band drove the rhythm and added a second guitar. Sean Michel is running The Arkansas generator stage and are playing the stage every night. From the classic “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” to originals like “Change Who I Am” Sean Michel rocked a small audience that drew more and more listeners as their show unfolded. By the time they launched into the original “Hosea Blues” the crowd was crammed into the Arkansas Stage dancing like mad men.

Sean Michel’s gut bucket blues drove a fiery passionate faith that inspired 50 year old men to unashamadely jump around with 20 year blues fans. I love artists who are not too cool for their faith. Sean Michel is not only cool enough, he is so passionate and so committed that he may be one of the coolest artists unsigned artists on the planet. 

Cornerstone 2011: Getting To Know You

There is always this awkward transition period on the first day of Cornerstone. You set up your tent and your camp site, then run headlong into the chaos that is the festival. At your site, its tranquil and peaceful, but once you pass the porto-pottys and showers it is the dust and the sounds and the people that make Cornerstone what it is. By day two, you kind of find a groove and it gets easier, but the first day is a little jarring.

That being said, we have already seen alot of good music. Unforntunetly, one of my big must sees (Societys Finest) did not show up, so that kind of set off a kilter tone for the rest of the night. Great performances from Love Begotten and Sound The Ruin help make the day special, both bands brought some emotional chaos that made me hopeful for the future of the heavy scene.

Debtor was phenomenal. They play a raw, honest form of punk rock that stirs the crowd as much as the heart. Debtor are an amazing band that deserve more than they are getting. We need more bands that are willing to speak truth even when it makes people angry, and that is what Debtor does. They make you see the ugly truth and the glorious salvation at the same time. If are reading this and think of starting a band, check this band out before you start, because Debtor has no peers right now.

Harp & Lyre blew us away with their high energy show full of sing alongs and movement. Their show made me want to go back and look at their music a little closer because what I saw on stage was pretty special.

Day one is always a little weird because the crowd and the performers are still arriving and neither have found their groove yet. Day two is always alot better, but as you can see we are already off to a great start.

Cornerstone New Band Interview: The Sacred Eternal

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One21music, in our quest to find the best up and coming Christian musicians, is featuring the bands from the Cornerstone 2011 New Band Showcase. The Cornerstone New Band Showcase has launched many huge careers for Christian musicians including P.O.D., Sixpence None The Richer and Over The Rhine. The Cornerstone 2011 New Band Showcase features sixteen bands who will be performing on the Cornerstone Main Stage from Thursday, June 30th through Sunday, July 3rd. In the two weeks leading up to Cornerstone 2011, One21music will be featuring interviews with 11 of the showcase bands and a 10 song free music sampler, which will be available, exclusively on on Wednesday, June 22.

We continue the Cornerstone 2011 New Band Showcase interview series with The Sacred Eternal. The Stribling brothers, joined by Brian Bolton play metal that is unrelenting musically and lyrically.

The Sacred Eternal

The Sacred Eternal are about passion, honesty and the creation of a sound that both moves the body and stirs the soul. Started in 2007 by brothers Dan, Darrell & Devon Stribling, The Sacred Eternal have been honing their craft for years with recordings such as Demo-Liton in 2008. In 2010, Brian Bolton was brought on as bassist, and has brought a huge amount of energy and drive to the band. In the midst of a deep and rooted passion for heavy music, as well as relying on a steadfast faith in Jesus Christ for guidance, The Sacred Eternal focuses on combining the greatest elements of the hardest metal with the intense emotion of beautiful melody to create a sound that is uniquely their own.  The Sacred Eternal released a single “The Reckoning” and an EP Three Days in 2010. But in 2011, The Sacred Eternal‘s unique sound was finally encapsulated in their debut CD release, Dead To Sin. Ferocious vocals and bone-crushing riffs along with a precision double-bass attack are guaranteed to move a pit or a lone listener. The soulful melodies, expertly intertwined within the songs, reach into the very heart of the listener while the lyrics both provoke and inspire. Each lyric, derived from the band’s own experience, explores the struggles and victories we all experience in forgiveness of ourselves and others, redemption of the soul and the convictions we so firmly uphold.

The Sacred Eternal

Interview with Christian Musicians The Sacred Eternal

O21: Tell us what we need to know about The Sacred Eternal that is not in your bio:

TSE: we are extremely dedicated to the music that we’re making. Ever since we got together back in 2008, we’ve pushed ourselves to write songs that will stick with the people who hear them.

O21: How would you describe your sound? What artists influenced you?

TSE: Hmm… our sound is probably best described as Melodic Metal. We’ve tried to incorporate many different sounds and “flavors” on the album because we didn’t want to just be another “Deathcore” or “Metalcore” band. When you listen to the album you’ll hear some death metal, some thrash, hard rock, metalcore, and even a softer ballad. It felt pretty natural to shoot for diversity in our sound, partially because of the aforementioned reason, but also because all four of us have such varying musical tastes! Yeah, we all like metal, but we all have different roots, standbys, and styles that have spoken to us over the course of our lives. But in our opinion, that’s good! It keeps it interesting. That makes it hard to figure out which bands are the biggest influences. We love Demon Hunter and Living Sacrifice, as well as bands like Skillet, Flaw, Rush, Van-Halen, you name it.

O21: Tell us about your recordings?  What is your favorite The Scared Eternal song?

TSE: Recording’s been a serious ride for us man. From the time we cut our first demo in 2008 until now in 2011 with our first full length LP Dead To Sin we have come a long way.  The new recordings are polished and crisp, excellently mastered and powerful.  It was a ton of work, and an extremely long process, but now we’ve finally got the full length disc released and we are incredibly proud of the result. My (Darrell’s) favorite song is probably “Dead to Sin”, Dan’s Favorite song is “Remember Me”, Devon’s favorite song is “Dark Tonight”, and Brian’s favorite is “The Reckoning.”

O21: What is the best thing about making music?

TSE: The best thing about making music is a little different for all of us. I love it because I get to be expressive and share my love of Jesus Christ all in one swipe.

O21: How does your faith influence you musically and lyrically?

TSE: I don’t know if you could open up our lyric book and be able to miss what this band is about. All of us are believers in Jesus Christ, and we’ve done our very best to make that clear in every song. We aren’t going to slam you in the face with some sort of “turn or die” attitude, but at the same time we’re not ashamed of Jesus, and He is an inseparable part of who we are, and that comes out on every track of the album.

O21: What is your view of Christian music?

TSE: I think Christian Music is a pretty broad label. I’ve seen a lot of bands under that title come up and put out some great tunes, but then I’ve either gone to see them live or read some interviews about them and they turn out to be a lot different than I thought at first. And for me, that was a huge letdown! As a younger kid, I wanted those Christian bands that I could look up to, those guys who played the music I loved, but gave me some Jesus in their message too! 10 or 12ish years ago, “Christian” bands in the Heavy music scene typically had a lot of their lyrics steeped in ambiguity (excluding certain bands like Living Sacrifice, NIV, and others).  And so it was really easy to ride the fence and be the “Christians in a band”. To me, that’s a horrible outlook to have on your band. Christians are called to be Christians no matter what they’re doing, and saying that “I’m a Christian, but this band is just to be expressive and whine about how the world is unfair” is pretty cheap. Now, that’s changed a lot in today’s industry. Bands have become incredibly bold in what they’re saying and how they are living, and I think it’s awesome. Bands like For Today and War of Ages are, in my opinion, giving the kids today what I wanted when I was their age. Bands that Love Jesus, and aren’t afraid of it.

O21: How do you think the general public and the mainstream music industry view faith based music?

TSE: I think that the mainstream culture views Christian music pretty much the same way they always have: “It’s an imitation of “real” music because they’re a bunch of copycats”. “They don’t really live out what they say anyways” and so on. But then again, that’s another reason I’m so excited about how some of these newer bands have been breaking out. They are writing some great Jesus music, but at the same time I think some people are beginning to realize that it’s not so much a copycat act anymore. That excites me.

O21: How do you think that will impact your career?

TSE: Who knows? Can anyone really predict this industry? The best thing we can do is keep our eyes on what’s happening around us, and rely on God for Guidance.

O21: What responsibility do you think an artist/performer has to its listeners?

TSE: That’s a tougher question than you might think. Is it all about my personal expression, or is it my responsibility to tailor my sound and songs to what my listeners want to hear?  It’s a tough balance I think. When you look at a band like Skillet, who started out as a grunge band in the 90’s and now you look at them where they are, you can see how they’ve tailored themselves to their audience and mainstream success, and good for them! I know a lot of kids who’ve benefited from what they do. Then you can look at some hardcore or punk bands on the other side of the spectrum, who’ve traveled the ups and downs of popularity with their style regardless.  My opinion is that each band needs to decide it’s purpose. How effective do we want to be? Is this an active pursuit of a career? If it is, than you better be concerned with what people want to hear. If it isn’t, than write the tunes that you want to hear and let it benefit those who dig it with you.

O21: In today’s music scene, with the demise of record companies and mySpace, how does an artist develop a large enough following to sustain a career?

TSE: The Internet’s a blessing and a curse. We can get our tunes across the world and only have to pay a miniscule amount of money in comparison to worldwide physical distribution. Then again, we live in an age of soundbytes and musical overload because of it. Record companies are in deep trouble because the Internet makes it so easy, and yet the bands are in trouble because now people can just grab the three tracks they want off iTunes, ignore the rest of it, and the band sees 70 cents by the time everyone else gets their cut.  If you’re gonna hook your audience and retain them, you have to play, and play a lot. People remember it when a band blows their mind at a show, and it’s always been that way. You’ve got to give them something that isn’t prepackaged headbanging. You’ve got to give them exactly what the music means to you, each night you’re on stage.

O21:What are your road traditions?

TSE: Our Road traditions? Eat. Legend of Zelda. D&D. METAL.

O21:What is the best live show you have ever seen?

TSE: The best live show I’ve ever seen? Living Sacrifice on the Stronger Then Hell tour, at Bogart’s in Cincinnati OH .

O21: What is one thing people don’t understand about your music?

TSE: I’m not sure actually. I’ve never been asked that before.

Thank you Darrel. Your passion and your deep thinking make for an interesting interview and compelling music. I look forward to catching your show at Cornerstone 2011.

The Sacred Eternal play unapologetic melodic metal with deep meaning. You can easily check out The Sacred Eternal clicking through to Amazon and buying the band’s latest release, Dead To Sin.

The Sacred Eternal hit the main stage at the Cornerstone 2011 New Band Showcase on Friday, July 1st at noon.

Cornerstone New Band Interviews: Gatlin Elms

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One21music, in our quest to find the best up and coming Christian musicians, is featuring the bands from the Cornerstone 2011 New Band Showcase. The Cornerstone New Band Showcase has launched many huge careers for Christian musicians including P.O.D., Sixpence None The Richer and Over The Rhine. The Cornerstone 2011 New Band Showcase features sixteen bands who will be performing on the Cornerstone Main Stage from Thursday, June 30th through Sunday, July 3rd. In the two weeks leading up to Cornerstone 2011, One21music will be featuring interviews with 11 of the showcase bands and a 10 song free music sampler, which will be available, exclusively on on Wednesday, June 22.

We continue the Cornerstone 2011 New Band Showcase interview series with Gatlin Elms. This four piece alternative folk band is a rising star in today’s music scene.

Gatlin Elms

Mixing alternative with folk Gatlin Elms, has emerged from the Houston, Texas indie scene with their debut full length album, Carry Me Home. After two years of writing, playing shows and recording, Gatlin Elms has truly realized their passions through the release of the album. Gatlin Elms (writer and front-man), the album focuses all the emotions that go along with trying to fight against life, only to finally accept what you can’t change. Gatlin Elms features Neil Sandoz on bass, Andrew James on keyboards, Gatlin Elms on lead vocals and guitar and Tigh Holmstrom on drums.

Gatlin Elms started out as a solo project, teenager in love with music and even more in tune with creating his own. The Oceans & The Stars album was his first project; one he had worked solely on before meeting with the other three members. He had finished it in 2007 and had it released in 2008.

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Interview with Christian Musicians Gatlin Elms

O21: How would you describe your sound? What artists influenced you?

GE: All of us grew up listening to a pretty wide variety of music but together, we all draw from a lot of Alternative, Folk Rock, Brit-Pop bands.. Travis, DCFC, The Frames, The National, Athlete, Aqualung are all probably played on our iPods each week. We’d like to think we’re in the Alternative Folk area.

O21: What is the best thing about making music?

GE: Man, there’s really so much. We just really enjoy getting to create songs. Gatlin will usually write out the lyrics and melody and then getting to add to that and have four of us giving input and making sure the song is going to be it’s best is so much fun.

O21: How does your faith influence you musically and lyrically?

GE: We want our faith to have everything to do with our music. Musically and lyrically we want every song to be covered with our passions for the Gospel. Between the four of us, every song we play is worship and we want to do our best to portrait that every time we play.

O21: What responsibility do you think an artist/performer has to its listeners?

GE: I think an artist’s main responsibility when performing is to play the music just as well or better than your recording, and make people believe that you believe in what you are singing and playing every time.

It sickens me when a show doesn’t go as well as you know it could have.. or a piece of equipment craps out during the first song.

O21: In today’s music scene, with the demise of record companies and mySpace, how does an artist develop a large enough following to sustain a career?

GE: We’re trying to figure that out too.. definitely connect with the people that even slightly appreciate your music and thank as many people as you can that might have been in listening distance to your set.

O21: What is your best memory of your career so far?

GE: Our tour in London back in March of this year is definitely one of our most fond memories as a band. We also won a contest last month and one of our songs, “The Secrets” will be included in the soundtrack of a movie called “Renee” coming out in 2012 with some artists we really really love. We’re honored to have that opportunity. Definitely opening the first box of a new record when it comes in the mail. Both of our release parties have been two of the best nights of our careers.

O21: What are your road traditions?

GE: We have one tradition called ‘Brothers to Brothers’ that we could explain but you would think we were really weird..

O21: What do you love about music?

GE: My favorite thing about some of my favorite music is how it can bring you back to the season in your life when you first heard it, every time you listen to it.

O21:What is your favorite song?

GE: I don’t normally have a favorite song.. but right now, Death Cab For Cutie‘s “You are a Tourist” might be the most perfect song ever written and recorded.

O21:What is the best live show you have ever seen?

GE: I feel like I have said that after many shows.. but definitely one of these.. The Swell Season, The National, Josh Ritter, Coldplay, U2, Snow Patrol, Jonsi (That was a show on an entirely different level though).

Thank you guys. It is always fun to talk with upcoming Christian musicians for Texas.  I look forward to catching your show at Cornerstone 2011.

Gatlin Elms play atmospheric folk rock with a twist that you can easily check out by clicking through to Amazon and buying the band’s latest release, Carry Me Home or Gatlin Elms’ solo debut The Oceans & The Stars

If you just want a taste of Gatlin Elms’ music check out “Carry Me Home” from the One21music Cornerstone 2011 New Band Showcase sampler that will be released on One21music on June 22nd.

Gatlin Elms will be playing the Cornerstone 2011 New Band Showcase on Sunday, July 3rd at 12:35. See you there!

Cornerstone 2011 Schedule: Rebecca

So, we are less than week from being at Cornerstone and I think I have finally nailed down my schedule for Cornerstone 2011. Here are few of the highlights of what I’m going to see.

Tuesday: This is my only really slow day of the week, but as soon as camp is set up I’ll head out and see what new bands I can find. These are just a few I don’t want to miss!
Joy Williams – 7:00pm – Chelsea Café: A beautiful girl with a beautiful voice! You won’t want to miss this solo act.
The Burial – 10:50pm – Sancrosanct Stage: A deathcore band from South Bend, Indiana. If you are a fan of August Burns Red or Becoming the Archetype, then you’ll love The Burial.
In the Midst of Lions – 12:30pm – Sancrosanct Stage: A mixture of metal and worship.

Wednesday: I am going to spend most of my day at the Come & Live Stage. Somehow I am going to try to catch the other tents as well.
All of these bands will be playing on the Come & Live Stage:
Preson Phillips – 4:00pm – Preson Phillips is a church planter/pastor from Tampa, FL who is like Bob Dylan signing worship.
Men As Trees Walking – 6:00pm – What an amazing group of musicians. Come to hear the music and be moved by their message.
White Collar Sideshow- 8:00pm – Here is another show that has an unbelievable power to change you. This is an amazing theatrical band that will move you. Besides, these are some of the coolest people you will see at Cornerstone. If you can’t make it to this show…no worries…they will play again.
Ascend the Hill- 10:00pm – Come ready to worship. This is was also another band I saw for the first time last year.

Thursday: This is going to be a very busy day! Here are some of the must see bands though…
Listener – 12:30pm – Raging Storm: Last year was my first year to see him, and I can’t wait to see him again.
Not One Is Upright – 8:00pm – Sancrosanct: This will be a first, but if their live show is anything like their CD then it’s going to be AWESOME!
Paper Route – 9:35pm – Gallery Stage: An atmospheric rock band out of Nashville, Tennessee.
Children 18:3- 10:50pm – Underground Stage: An awesome family punk band from Minnesota. These guys are the next big thing in Christian punk rock right now!
The Farewell Drifters – 11:15pm – Gallery Stage: I love me some bluegrass. You don’t want to miss this!

Friday: I am going to spend the morning looking for new bands, but the evening is going to be spent listening some of my favorites
Love Begotten – 3:20pm – Sacrosanct Stage: This band is just plain fun. They put on a great stage show.
Don’t Wake Aisiln – 6:00pm – Underground Stage: This band represents their home state well (Texas that is). If nothing else come see their lead singer’s bold, beautiful voice.
For Today- 6:50pm – Main Stage: This show will be a lot like Sleeping Giant. These guys are an amazing hardcore band that puts on a show full of worship. So glad they are main stage this year.
My Epic – 9:00pm – Underground Stage: This has been one of my favorite bands for the past year.
P.O.D. – 9:50pm – Main Stage: I honestly never thought I would see them live. Now that I have the chance I will definitely be there.
Timbre – 10:30pm – Chelsea Café: I never seen a harp played like she plays it. Add all the other instruments and you’ve got quite the show.
Deas Vail – 11:15pm – Gallery Stage: I saw these guys last year on Main Stage and they were great. I’m excited to see them in a more intimate setting.
White Collar Sideshow- 12:00am – Encore Stage: I know they already played, but seeing them at midnight is so much better.

Saturday: Hip Hop day finally here! First to see the Legacy stage and then it’s off to Main stage. (And a little bit of other stuff in between of course…)
Odd Thomas – 6:00pm – Legacy Stage: I’ve never seen this guy before, in fact, I’ve only been listening to him for a couple of months.
Progpaganda – 6:45pm – Legacy Stage: I had never heard of this guy until I saw an incredibly moving video done by him. Now I’m hooked!
Seabird – 7:30pm – Main Stage: An atmospheric rock band from Ohio.
Blindside – 8:30pm – Main Stage: I’ve been listening to blindside for years and I haven’t seen them since high school. I can’t wait to see them play again.
Anberlin – 9:50pm – Main Stage: It’s been a while since I’ve seen these guys live. These are all time favorites of mine.
Listener – 8:00pm – Chelsea Café: If you can’t tell by now..I really like Listener! See him every time you can.
Hands – 8:30pm – Underground Stage: Since they never come to Austin, I definitely will be at this show! again.
The Wayside – 8:15pm – Gallery Stage: I saw them last year and loved them. I’m excited to hear their new stuff.
Josh Garrels – 9:35pm – Gallery Stage: His new CD just came out and if you haven’t heard it I’m sure he’ll be playing that stuff.
War of Ages – 12:00pm – Encore: It’s been a while since I’ve seen these guys.

Sunday: The last day and there’s still so much still to see!
Luminate – 6:00pm – Main Stage: I’ve never seen them live. I can’t wait to take pictures
Robbie Seay Band – 8:00pm – Main Stage: Love to worship with this guy!
Brooke Waggoner – 8:15pm – Gallery Stage: I love this girl’s voice!
Close Your Eyes – 8:15pm – Underground Stage: If you have never seen these guys, then come ready to rock out.
Sleeping Giant – 9:10pm – Underground Stage: This band puts on one of the most moving, worship filled hardcore shows I have ever seen. If you go to this show you will be changed. You won’t be able to stop it! It cannot be contained!
Josh Garrels – 10:30pm – Underground Stage: You have to see him at least once. If you are already planning on seeing him on Saturday, then you can never get enough. See him again!
The Chariot- 12:00pm – Encore Stage: You never know what craziness they are going to bring to the stage. The Chariot always puts on an insane show, and I can’t think of a better way to end Cornerstone 2011.