Essential Songs: Tithemi By Sleeping Giant

Hardcore worship. Joy and movement. Declaration and power.

All fear, all pain, all hurt, all grief, all lies, must bow to Jesus’ name
All kings, all thrones, everything that breathes life, must bow to Jesus’ name
The earth, the sea, the sun, the stars, the sky, must bow to Jesus’ name


There is no one like you God
No one like You my King
There is no one like you

Kings, crowns, thrones,
Fall face down
Kiss the ground
Jesus, you hold the crown

Free Download:A White Flag (Tommy Green)-The Exchange EP

A White Flag-The Exchange EP

A special treat this week with two free downloads.  On Wednesday highlighted free music from Mosquito Fleet. Today, we show you the way a a free download from A White Flag. The last week of September is a good week.

A White Flag is the acoustic worship project of pastor Tommy Green (also the vocalist of Sleeping Giant).

A White Flag is a collection of stripped down songs that came from being “truly connected and wrecked on His love and acceptance of me,” says Tommy Green, front man of hardcore act Sleeping Giant. While living with his two year old daughter and his parents during his divorce seven years ago, Tommy found himself in utter brokenness and isolated time with the Lord. He picked up his father’s guitar in a simple effort to express his thoughts and new-found joy in surrendering to Jesus.

Ok, so the key thing to remember is this stuff is really….raw. The ideas are raw, the messages are raw, and the execution is very raw. If you are looking for slick production and carefully crafted melodies, you need to look elsewhere. If you want honesty and brokenness in your worship, then Tommy definitely knows how to open his self up in his song writing. It may not be the most polished EP on the planet, but it might just be better because of that.

Download The Exchange EP by A White Flag

New Releases For July 12th, and 15th, 2011

New Releases For July 12th, 2011

sons and daughters Brokenness Aside EP Vol 1
Brokenness Aside EP Vol 1
All Sons & Daughters
Integrity Records
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The Ambassador-Stop The Funeral
Stop The Funeral
The Ambassador

Xist Music
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Dara Maclean-You Got My Attention
You Got My Attention
Dara Maclean

Fervent Records
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debtor bloodseeds

Blood & Ink Records

the great commission heavy worship
Heavy Worship
The Great Commission

Mosh Metal
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Matt Redman-10,000 Reasons
10,000 Reasons
Matt Redman

sixsteps Records
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Sleeping Giant-Kingdom Days In An Evil Age
Kingdom Days In An Evil Age
Sleeping Giant

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New Releases For July 15th, 2011

Love & War & The Sea In Between
Love & War & The Sea In Between
Josh Garrels

Small Voice Records
Freak Folk
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One21 Music Takes You Back to Cornerstone

In 3 weeks One21music starts the 18 hour drive to Cornerstone Music Festival 2011 (June 28-July 3).  Just like last year, we invite you to join us and live the excitement of the Cornerstone Music Festival. Nearly 300 artists will perform probably 800 sets on 10 stages over a span of 6 days.  That does not include the daily morning worship services that happen at multiple locations throughout the festival grounds.  In addition to all of that, there are 25 seminar series in 5 tents and art and sports and movies.  It is a little crazy to watch the this idyllic farm in western Illinois turn into a Christian Times Square for a week.

Between now and when we leave, we are going to prepare you for the festival by providing you a list of all One21music artists on the Cornerstone schedule, expand the One21music roster to include new Cornerstone performers, most of them have been seen in Silent Parties club, highlight the Cornerstone New Band Showcase performers and provide you the Cornerstone 2011 schedules of the One21music team.  Once we arrive, just like for Cornerstone 2010, we will provide you daily insight into our Cornerstone experience with words and images.  That way, if you can’t make it, you can experience Cornerstone 2011 through One21music.  If you are going to be there, you can re-live Cornerstone 2011 at One21music and maybe catch some things you missed.

Before all of that, I would like to take you on what I expect from our journey through Cornerstone 2011.  All four of us on the team have very broad musical tastes.  I would say that Ian and Rebecca have a greater affinity for hard core music than Debbie and Chuck, who tend to like alternative rock and folk.  However, I assert that Chuck and Ian truly do like all kinds of music.  Cornerstone 2011 will have more samples of all musical styles than anyone can possibly experience.  So we go into Cornerstone realizing that, for every great set we see, we are missing at least one that is happening somewhere else.  Patience, gratitude ans serenity are vital personal traits for Cornerstone.

The Journey

There is no way to make the 18 hour trek from Austin, Texas to Bushnell, Illinois, and still make it to Cornerstone in time for the noon press check-in, without driving all night. Nothing is more miserable than driving through the night to spend two hours checking-in and setting-up camp.  So we will not do that this year.  We will leave mid-afternoon  to drive through the night to a nice hotel in McComb, Illinois, arriving about noon.  The late evening and early morning will take us through the tornado ravaged regions of Oklahoma and Missouri (right through Joplin) so we will be doing some praying for those residents as we pass through.  Monday afternoon we will relax and prepare for the six day marathon that is Cornerstone.

Cornerstone 2011, Day One-June 28 Checking in with Joy (Williams)

The first day is a full-on sprint checking in, finding your camping spot setting up camp and scoping out the scene. We will be in the same spot as last year to set-up One21music base camp.

One21music at Cornerstone

Cornerstone 2011 does not officially start until Wednesday night so many people will not arrive until the next day but we like to be at Cornerstone from the very beginning.  Like last year, the streets will be pretty quiet until Wednesday when this Cornerstone Main Street will be practically impassable.

Mainstreet at Cornerstone

The music starts at 2:30 on Tuesday at one of the “unofficial” generator stages.  Faith In The Unseen hits the Sancrosanct Records stage with double bass drums pounding and screamed lyrics flying through the skies.

Our treat for all the driving arrives at 7:00 on the Chelsea Cafe stage when Joy Williams, taking a break from The Civil Wars summer tour, performs songs from her decade long solo career.  I just saw The Civil Wars sing “Poison and Wine” on The Tonight Show. We are huge Joy Williams fans and we are going to try to catch her for an interview. Joy is followed by bluesmen Josh Davenport and Khadag Blue.  The evening caps off with Cornerstone godfather and blues legend Glen Kaiser.

Joy Williams

Cornerstone 2011 Day 2- Come & Live, Andy (Hunter)

Cornerstone 2011 “officially” opens on Wednesday evening but before then, the entire One21music team will spend most of our Wednesday at the Come & Live Stage. This music ministry offers music from its stable of artist for free through their website and supports the Christian musicians in their mission to spread the Word through their music. Preson Phillips, Fallstar, Men As Trees Walking and So Long Forgotten will carry us through the early evening with their deep spiritual music.

The Wednesday highlight is Andy Hunter on the main stage.  This electronic worship leader from the U.K. dazzled us in 2002 with an amazing set that ended with the Holy Spirit taking everyone within 100 yards of the hall to their knees and dozens of people committing their lives to Christ.  We are excited to see him turn this big Main Stage field ….

Cornerstone Main Stage

…into an outdoor dance club like this

Andy Hunter

Cornerstone 2011 Day 3- Nashville and Punk

After our first truly late night the 30,000 people at Cornerstone will be ready to rock. We will seek out one of the youth worship events and then head over to the Cornerstone 2011 New Band Showcase (over the next few weeks we will be sharing interviews with Showcase performers such as For The Broken, Beggars and Josiah James). After checking the “deconstructed folk,punk” of Insomniac Folklore we will head over to the Gallery Stage for Paper Route. We will end the night with the organized riot that is punk maniacs Flatfoot 56. Last year they honored “shark week” with a nautical stage show and a human shark tank.

Flatfoot 56

Cornerstone 2011 Day 4- P.O.D. Returns to Main Stage

Friday is the day for hard core fans when For Today and former Korn bassist Brian “Head” Welch lead up to the return of the original P.O.D. to the Cornerstone main stage. P.O.D., a former Cornerstone new band showcase winner, is one of the biggest Christian cross-over bands of the 21st century. “Alive” was their big crossover hit.


Cornerstone 2011 Day 5- A Five Star Day Fights Fatigue

By now the 16 hours a day of music from 10 stages, tent sleeping and 30,000 people will have washed away the “real” world and worn us done a bit. However, more morning worship followed by Seabird, Blindside, Anberlin, Ilogical Spoon and Josh Garrels make Saturday one of the best of Cornerstone 2011Josh Garrels was not at Cornerstone 2010 and we missed his deeply spiritual folk, hip-hop.

Josh Garrels

Cornerstone 2011 Day 6- It Can’t Be Over Yet

We end the week with a day of worship. For the more traditionally minded, the Main Stage will feature international recording act Robbie Seay Band and Grammy nominated Gungor.  If you like your worship a little edgier you are in luck because Sleeping Giant and The Chariot close out Cornerstone 2011 with their progressive hard core worship services.

Sleeping Giant

Then it is over.  Al that is left is breaking down camp and driving 18 hours back to Texas.  I am already sad.  Keep coming back for more articles and updates on Cornerstone 2011.

Live For Today Videos Posted

for today2010

Since I havent posted much about metal lately, here are a couple of professionally shot videos from For Today at their CD release show in St. Paul Minnesota. The band released their monumental album entitled Devastator this week, and my opinion is that it is the best thing they have done in their already amazing career.

For Today, Sleeping Giant, and a handful of bands like them are reviving a movement that started back in the 90s of hardcore bands that speak blatantly and honestly about their faith. The purpose of the live shows are to create a place of worship like none found in todays churches. I have posted the lyrics for the songs below in the hopes that you are able to understand this a little better and see that God can use any music style to draw hearts towards Him. Enjoy!



Hell, fear me. I am the one that will bring you down.
And when you fall, feel me. You’ll see my face on the battleground.
Hell, fear me. I am the one that will bring you down.
And when you fall, feel me. You’ll see my face on the battleground.

Let my name be feared at the gates of hell, as I exalt the Savior.
The One that died to buy my victory, and gave me a new name.
Let my name be feared at the gates of hell, as I exalt the Savior.
In the name of the Holy One of God,
I will cast you down at the foot of the cross He hung from.
I will stand behind my Savior, as He burns your kingdom down.
And I will see you on your knees before the King of Kings.
You will lose your throne to the chosen ones. The chosen ones will rise.

Tear it to the ground! This is the army we’ve been waiting for.
Tear it to the ground! We will storm the gates of hell and we will…
tear it to the ground! We stand behind the one that conquered death.
Tear it to the ground! And we will stand when there is nothing left.
Tear it to the ground! Tear it to the ground!

Justice! Justice! Justice! God, bring justice!
Justice! We will come against the bondage of hell.
Justice! And we will take back what’s taken from us.
Justice! This is our right as heirs to dominion. God, bring justice!

This war will end.

I am the one that will bring you down.
And when you fall, feel me. You’ll see my face on the battleground.

Hell, fear me. I am the one that will bring you down.
And when you fall, feel me. You’ll see my face on the battleground.

Burn, and let the whole world see! You were made to burn.
…and let the whole world see! You were made to burn.
…and let the whole world see! You were made to burn.

I see an old breed of prophet arising, speaking as voices from another age;
set ablaze with the flame of the Spirit of God, and sent from before the throne.
…sent from before the throne.
We are sent from before the throne to stand up and speak out,
and let hell tremble when they hear us say,
“We are the burning ones, and we will not be contained!”
“We are the burning ones, and we will not be contained!” Oh…

Burning ones, arise! Come forth!

Oh take your flame, ignite the world.
We are the only hope for a hopeless world to see the face of the living God.
Oh take your flame, ignite the world.
Under the name above all names, we declare that the glorious One lives.
Take your flame, ignite the world. Take your flame, ignite the world!
Take your flame, ignite the world. Take your flame, ignite the world!

Come to the throne! Come to the throne!
You were made to burn and let the whole world see!
Burn, and let the whole world see. Burn, and let the whole world see.

Oh take your flame, ignite the world! Oh take your flame, ignite the world!
…ignite the world! Take your flame, ignite the world! Take your flame, ignite the
world! Take your flame, ignite the world! Take your flame, ignite the world!

Life at Cornerstone 2010

We talk non stop about the music at Cornerstone and over the next few weeks we will share with you great performances we experienced at Cornerstone 2010 and new music that we love.  Ian has shared his thoughts on the community that forms at Cornerstone for those few days but I thought, that for those of you who have never been to Cornerstone, I would share a few of the sites and sounds that make this event so much fun.

Cornerstone 2010 Main Street Crossroads

Main Street Crossroads

Everyone a Cornerstone 2010 passed through this intersection.  The primary mode of transportation was sandal, followed by tennis shoe and then by golf cart.  Directly behind the tree are the group showers that offered some great daily relief from their accumulated dust, but for others was an excuse to skip bathing for a week.

Impromptu shows break out on this corner regularly.  We saw The Riverside Worship Project end their Cornerstone 2010 experience right here.  We also saw Munster Folk, a band of traveling musicians who turned the shade tree into their personal stage, perform one of the best shows I saw at Cornerstone 2010.

Cornerstone Generator Stages

There are hundreds of other music festivals. There are other music festivals that feature music by Christians. What makes Cornerstone unique is the vibe created by the peaceful presence of Jesus People USA and by chaos of the generator stages. Begun as a DIY approach to being heard by 30,000 music fans, bands would bring a generator, set-up on the side of the road and just start playing. A few years ago, some enterprising music fans decided to add a small canopy and start promoting shows at Cornerstone. This year all the generator stages were lined along the main drag.

To The Cornerstone 2010 Generator Stages

As you can there is tent after tent of stages.  There were more than 10 stages that presented music from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.  We saw Oh Sister Oh Brother, The Listener Project, Bryan Beyke, Don’t Wake Aislin, The Riverside Worship Project and several more bands at these stages.

The beauty of the generator stages are their spotenaity.  The line-up changes constantly.  The crowds vary from a few people to nearly a thousand.  The promoter measures a band’s success by how large the crowd grows during their set and if a band draws a crowd, like Oh Sister Oh Brother, they have an open invitation to play again and again.  With the stages stacked so close together that singer/songwriters like Mia Karina or indie artists like Bryan Beyke are sometimes swallowed up by the wall of sound created by hardcore bands.  But we don’t care because the spirit of this phenomena is hopeful and brave.

Interesting People at Cornerstone 2010

Cornerstone is always filled with interesting people.  From people who live this vagabond lifestyle everyday to music industry executives to ministers and missionaries drawn to the Spirit’s presence to suburban families and churches full of fresh faced,exuberant youth.

Cornerstone 2010 Little PunkerOf course some people come and lose their minds.  We saw a group of middle aged men who had died their white beards green, their bald heads red and their white hair blue.

Many people choose give up bathing for the week.  We can not figure out if they are too demure to shower in a public facility or they use the week to reject societies grooming norms.  We wished they would pick a different expression of dissent.

We saw this punk rocker hanging out at the generator stages promoting his band who was playing a show that night.  The young drummer did not have much to say but her certaintly drew a crowd.

We previously told you about hippie dancing in one of our preview articles.  We missed the hippie dancing bands this year but at the Jesus Village one day we did encounter our favorite attire of the week in the middle of a Celtic jig.

Cornerstone 2010 Main Stage Crossroads

The center of commerce at Cornerstone lies about 500 yards from the Main Street crossroads.  Just past this intersection lies the food court, source of our nightly dinners with great pasta a Greek food, the Cornerstone merch tent and main stage. From this vantage point we took the opportunity to survey the camping scene, the Cornerstone offices and the portable toilets/billboards.

At night this was the hottest spot at Cornerstone 2010. Not only was it the crossroads of commerce but it was also the spot that within 100 feet in any direction you could be at the Main Stage, The Dance Club or the HM Stage.

One21music Offices at Cornerstone 2010

Just down the road from the Main Stage crossroads One21music set up their office/sleeping condo.  this was our base of operations for the entire week.

One21 Offices

Just down One21 Lane ( as we liked to call it) were the Anchor Fellowship team, Ascend The Hill, Rhona Kelly and the crew for The Wayside.

One21 Lane at Cornerstone 2010

As Ian expressed in his Cornerstone As A Family article you really can form a community in just a few days.  The Anchor team just up the lane shared cigars and prayer with Ian late one night, we shared breakfast with some young people who had just driven in from California with Sleeping Giant and we shared band recommendations with our next door neighbors throughout the week.

Cornerstone 2010 Schedule: Rebecca

So, we are a week from leaving and I think I have finally nailed down my schedule for Cornerstone 2010. Here are few of the highlights that I’m going to see.

Monday: 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 the two I don’t want to miss!

Take It Back!10:30pm – Solace Stage: A post-hardcore band from Arkansas. This is a band you won’t want to miss. Although, if you can’t make it to this particular show they are playing a couple of more times during the week.

The Burial11:15pm – Raging Storm/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.

Tuesday: And the craziness begins! For 12 hours  I will be running from stage to stage trying not to miss anything. A lot of the bands this day are going to be my first time seeing them live.

Fire from the Gods/Let the Dead - 12:00pm – Legacy Stage: Two bands from deep in the heart of Texas, Austin! These bands will show you what Texas hardcore is all about.

Hand Drawn Mountains1:40pm – Chasing Canadia Stage: This will be my first time to see this band live.

Switchfoot - 8:00pm – Main Stage: We all know Switchfoot. I’ve never had the opportunity to see them live, so here’s my chance.

The Ember Days - 9:00pm – Solace Stage: A progressive worship band from New Zealand. Another band I have never seen live.

The Showdown - 11:00pm – Encore Stage: Hardcore/Classic Rock from the backwoods of Tennessee. These guys put on a phenomenal show. If you are a fan of Maylene and the Sons of Disaster or Becoming the Archetype, then don’t miss this show!

Wednesday:  This will probably be my favorite day all week. All of my favorite bands play this day. I can’t Wait!

Bradley Hathaway3:30pm – Main Stage: A mix of spoken word and singing. Some of the most amazing stuff you’ll hear. He’s become kind of a staple at Cornerstone.

Levi the Poet - 4:30pm – Solace Stage: Spoken word with a mix of sporadic instruments. I have been waiting to see him play for quite some time now.

Listener6:00pm – Jesus Village: I’ve never seen him, but I’ve been listening to his stuff and I can’t wait! It’s going to be awesome!

mewithoutYou – 7:00pm – Main Stage: One of the most amazing bands ever! Another must see for Cornerstone.

Sleeping Giant - 10:50pm – 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!

After a very long day, I get to end it with my favorite band:

The Chariot- 12:00pm – Encore Stage: Of course, I’ll have to leave Sleeping Giant early…but it will be worth every second. The Chariot always puts on an insane show. You never know what craziness they are going to bring to the stage

Thursday: This day is going to be an eclectic mix of music

John Reuben3:15pm – Main Stage: Just about the only chance for Hip-Hop at Cornerstone this year.

Brooke Waggoner4:15pm – Gallery Stage: I’ve never seen her live, but I’ve been listening to her for over a year now. It’s going to be amazing I just know it!

Hands7:30pm – Underground Stage: I have been waiting to see this band for a while now. Since they never come to Austin, I definitely will be at this show!

I’ll have to split my next hour to be able to see both bands:

The Almost8:30pm – Main Stage: One of my favorite bands.

The Farewell Drifters - 8:30pm – Gallery Stage: I love me some bluegrass, so I’m sure to catch at least part of this show

For Today- 10:50pm – Underground Stage: This show will be a lot like Sleeping Giant the night before. These guys are an amazing Hardcore band that puts on a show full of worship.

Friday: I’m hanging out at the Gallery Stage for most of this day.

The Glorious Unseen9:00am – Main Stage: This would be a great way to kick off the day. This band is made up of several youth leaders with a passion for music and a heart for God.

Timbre - 2:05pm – Gallery Stage: You’ve gotta’ see this harp playing girl!

Over the Rhine4:15pm – Gallery Stage: This Ohio duo plays awesome Americana music.

Dignan - 6:00pm – Gallery Stage: I haven’t seen this band live yet, but I look forward to hearing this progressive indie rock band

Paper Route - 7:15pm – Gallery Stage: An atmospheric rock band out of Nashville, Tennessee. If they are half as good live as their CD’s are, then this should be a real treat

Children 18:3- 9:00pm – Underground Stage: An awesome family punk band from Minnesota. These guys are the next big thing in Christian punk rock right now!

Eisley10:00pm – Gallery Stage: I have been listening to these guys since their beginning. It’s been a while and I am very excited to see them again.

White Collar Sideshow- 12:00am – Underground Stage: 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.

Saturday: The last day and there is still so much to see!

The Glorious Unseen - 12:15am – Main Stage: I know this was on Friday too, but if 9:00 am was too early before than be sure and catch these guys at this show.

O’Brother6:00pm – Gallery Stage: I have never seen this band before, but everyone says I have too. I’m game!

August Burns Red7:00pm – Main Stage: This band rocked last time I saw them on Main Stage at Cornerstone. They never cease to amaze me.

Ivoryline8:35pm – Gallery Stage: A post-hardcore band from Tyler, Texas. I have seen these guys play so many times and they are always great!

Seabird- 10:00pm – Gallery Stage: An atmospheric rock band from Ohio. The perfect way to end Cornerstone 2010.

Cornerstone 2010 Schedule: Ian

So in about 3 weeks, The ONE21 is headed out to Cornerstone Festival 2010. There are hundreds of bands and performers sweating it out from around 11AM to close to 2 in the morning every day. It can be very overwhelming to to take in everything that Cornerstone has to offer, and the sad fact is that you are almost guaranteed to miss a lot.

Well, we are here to help!

With the help of a nifty new website called, the four of us attending have been able to begin planning out our Cornerstone experience. Below, I am going to list a few highlights from every day of the festival. Hopefully this will help you plan your week out a little better if you are attending.

Check out my full schedule, and maybe come say hi. I will be the guy with the giant red beard and shaved head. Its kinda hard to miss me. I will have free stickers and buttons for ya!

MONDAY: typically a slow day, but there are a ton of generator shows going on, and you can get very up close and personal with the performers. Also be on the lookout for “surprise” shows. I saw Blindside play a show on the lawn back in 2003. Keep your eyes open!
Love Begotten 3:00PM- Raging Storm/Sancrosanct Stage: the band puts on a wild stage show and seemlessly blend it with a heavy dose of profound ministry.  They were also one of our “Voices Of the Underground”

A Hope For Home 7:30PM- Solace Stage: These guys are one of the more promising bands to come out of the post-hardcore/rock scene in the last few years. They were also one of our “Voices Of The Underground”.

Take It Back! 10:30PM- Solace Stage- This will be my first time seeing the posi-hardcore band that have been blasting through my speakers all year. If you want to see earnest punk/hardcore, you need to be at this show!

Tuesday: The unofficial 1st day of the fest. In past years, Tooth & Nail have run this particular day, but the economy has forced the label to step back. Once again, this may seem like a slow day, but there is still alot going on
Fire From The Gods/Let The Dead 12:00PM/12:45PM- Legacy Stage: These two bands are actually friends of mine from right here in Austin, Texas. Come a behold the next great Texas metal/hardcore superstars!

The Ember Days 9:00 PM- Solace Stage: I am really excited to get to experience the progressive worship of The Ember Days. The band recently relocated to the States from New Zealand, and are working on some new material which hopefully will make it into their set at Cornerstone. They were also one of our “Voices Of The Underground”

Flatfoot 56 10:00PM- Legacy Stage: While everybody else is at Switchfoot on the main stage, I will be getting a rowdy dose of celtic punk with the legendary Flatfoot 56. Once again, this will be the first time seeing these guys despite the fact that I have been a fan for a very long time!

Wednesday: This will be the first official day of Cornerstone Festival 2010, with all the seminars, Bible studies, and events beginning along with the music and the Main stage running all day. The festival gets kind of….crazy from here on out. This will be one of my longest days
So Long Forgotten 12:45- Solace Stage: I have heard that So Long Forgotten‘s live shows are nothing short of amazing, so this will be an amazing way to start my day off. The band’s latest album, The Things We Can See and The Things We Cannot was on our best of the year list from 2009.

Bradley Hathaway 3:15PM- Main Stage: If you dont see Mr. Hathaway at Cornerstone, you havent truely done Cornerstone right. Nuff said!  Bradley also had one of our best albums form 2009.

Levi The Poet 4:00PM-Solace Stage: Levi The Poet is a gifted spoken word artist who’s performances range from quiet recital to wild thrashings as he covers everything from the love of God, self doubt, and pornography addiction. Also, I will finally be able to pick up his CD!

Listener 6:00PM- Jesus Village: THIS IS ONE OF MY MUST SEES! I promise you that this will be one of the best live shows you have ever seen!

mewithoutYou 7:00PM- Main Stage: Once again, if you dont see mewithoutYou at Cornerstone Festival, you havent done Cornerstone right. Nuff said…..again.  Once again, the band’s latest CD was one of the best from 2009.

Sleeping Giant 10:50PM- Underground Stage: This “hardcore” band is known to create an atmosphere of worship that most churches miss by miles. People have given their lives to Christ, been healed, and rebuked demons at these guys shows. At clubs. This is Cornerstone! Of course there will be moshing too, but thats how Sleeping Giant does it! Did I forget to mention that this is a 2 hour show? Well, it is…..

The Chariot 12AM- Encore Stage: If you happen to leave Sleeping Giant early, or are able to still walk afterwards, go catch the last 30 or minutes of The Chariot. Their live show is nothing short of insane!  they also had one of our best albums from 2009 along with being one of our “Voices of The Underground”

Thursday Day two of the festival in full swing slows things down a little for me, but Thursday is possiably my most diverse day.
John Reuben 3:15PM- Main Stage: Regrettably, there isn’t a whole lot of hip-hop at Cornerstone this year, so I am going to be sure and not miss one of my all time favorites. Hey John, if you happen to read this, play “Doin’”, I will lose my mind over that song!

Brooke Waggoner 4:15PM- Gallery Stage: THIS IS A MUST SEE! We met Brooke Waggoner in 2009 at SXSW, and her live show made me a life long fan. If anything, you need to see this girl play piano, it will blow you away.  She was also featured in the original series of “Voices of The Underground”.

Hands 7:30PM- Underground Stage: i have already told the entire staff that Hands is the band I am most excited to see this year. They combine prog metal with worship music, and they never come around Austin. This will most likely be the highlight of my week.  They also had one of our best albums from 2009.

The Farewell Drifters 8:35PM- Gallery Stage: Sue me, I love folk/bluegrass music. The Farewell Drifters are one of the better bands today doing it. Therefore, I will be there.

For Today 10:35- Underground Stage: Like Sleeping Giant the night before, For Today bring a worshipful experience that just happens to be in the for of metal/hardcore. These guys speak truth, and this is one of those shows that can really have an impact.

Friday By this point most of yall will be getting tired, but dont snooze just yet because some great stuff is yet to be seen.
Timbre 2:05PM- Gallery Stage: What a great way to get things going with some soothing progressive harp music. Yep, I said harp….

Dignan 6:00PM- Gallery Stage: Once again, we met Dignan at SXSW in 2009 and were intimidately taken away with their dark , progressive indie rock. Haven’t had a chance to catch them again, so this will be a treat for sure.  They also released one of our best albums from 2009.

Paper Route 7:15PM- Gallery Stage: Would you like a little electronic dance music with your rock? Of course you would.  They also had one of our best albums from 2009.

Children 18:3 9:00PM- Underground Stage: This is possibly the best pop-punk band in the music scene today. we saw them at Red letter Rock Fest last year, and I am not going to miss this show.

Eisley 10:00PM- Gallery Stage: Ironically, the last time Chuck and I saw Eisley (known as Moss Eisley then) was the FIRST time we attended Cornerstone Fest in 2002. Some of the members were in their early teens, and they apologized after every song. Most of them are married now, and we have fallen in love with their music over and over again since. This will be a great reunion.

White Collar Sideshow 12AM- Underground Stage: I will end my day with a performance that has the ability to cut to the core of any person struggling with themselves. Besides the fact that the members of White Collar Sideshow are some of the coolest people ever, but their show will make you take a deep look within, and let change fill you up.

Saturday Last day, keep your head up, you are almost there.
Starting at about 1PM, The Legacy Stage is going to have a mini Hip-Hop showcase featuring some amazing talent including Odd Thomas, Propoganda, and Theory Hazit. If you are a fan of Hip-Hop, this would be a great place to hang out on Saturday.

O’Brother 6:00PM- Gallery Stage: I saw these guys with Manchester Orchestra, and I don’t think I’m stretching too much to say that they blew the crowd away. They are the heaviest indie rock band I have ever hear, and I am ready for round two.

August Burns Red 7:00PM- Main Stage: ABR is kind of another one of those bands that if you haven’t seen them at Cornerstone, then you haven’t really seen them. It is not too much to say that they owned Cornerstone 07 like nobodies business.

Seabird 10:00PM- Gallery Stage: My Cornerstone experience will end with the power pop/rock of Seabird. I saw them at SXSW, and now that I know their music a little better I know this will be the perfect closer to my week.

Thats about it, but certainly not my entire plan for the week. Go check my full schedule to see all the other shows I am going to try and hit. See you there!

Cornerstone 2010-Special Happenings

One21music has discovered two events that are scheduled for Cornerstone Music Festival 2010 could be  very, very special. We at One21music regularly attend Cornerstone Music Festival, Austin City Limits Music Festival and South by Southwest Music Festival and we try to get to as many other festivals as possible.  Why?  Because special things happen.  I just read about such an event that happened at the New Orleans Jazz Festival.  My Morning Jacket performed an acoustic show at the legendary Preservation Hall that ended with a 3:00 a.m. parade through the streets of New Orleans also legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band.  We know of at least Cornerstone 2010 two events that hold that kind of promise.

Iona  Returns to U.S. After A 10 Year Absence

Legendary, mystical, celtic Christian group Iona returns for their first show in over a decade.  Iona formed in 1988 after David Fitzgerald‘s live changing visit to the spiritual islands of Lindisfarne and Iona.  The band emerged  from that pilgramage to become one of the most influential bands of the 90′s.  Iona‘s mix of celtic music with other world influences and progressive rock help create a new audience for celtic music in pop and rock circles.  Contemporaries include Clannad and Enya.  Here is video from Iona‘s last performance at the 1996 Cornerstone Music Festival.

Shortly after this performance Iona went on a 10 year hiatus and only began playing shows again a few years age. We have this show underlined on our Cornerstone 2010 schedule.

Sleeping Giant and Men As Trees Walking Together?

Because there are so many bands, most shows at Cornerstone Music Festivals are scheduled from 20 to 50 minutes long.  I have never seen a Cornerstone show last more than an hour.  So it caught my attention when I saw a show that was scheduled for more than two hours.  Sleeping Giant/Men As Trees Walking are schedule for a show on Wednesday night of Cornerstone 2010 that starts at 10:50 p.m. and ends at 1:00 a.m. Alternative rock, world music, worship band Men As Trees Walking is joining forces with hardcore, metal band Sleeping Giant? What is happening here? As you can see, Sleeping Giant is a hardcore band with a big heart for worship

But they are going to perform together with this world music worship collective Men As Trees Walking?

These types of shows are what make music festivals so cool. I don’t know if this will work or not, but I know I will be there expecting the unexpected. That means you will be there as well. We will be reporting on the Cornerstone Music Festival 2010 starting June 28th through July 3rd and we will try to bring you the video and the photos of special moments such as these.

Free Facedown Records Spring Sampler Download

facedown spring sampler 2010

Facedown Records was kind enough to give us a ll a little taste (a “sampler” if you will) of the music that is being released through the label right now. The free download includes 17 tracks, from 17 different artists, and features songs from album that havent been released yet.

Artist list includes: For Today, Sleeping Giant, Wrench In The Works, A Hope For Hope, War Of Ages, and many others.

Click on the link below, enter the password “FACEDOWN” and you email into the top right box, and they will email the smpler to you promptly. Enjoy!!

Download Facedown Records Spring Sampler 2010