Contemporary Christian musicians We are Messengers, Stars Go Dim and Sarah Reeves will be on hand Saturday, as the second Faith and Freedom Festival gets underway in Kansas.
The day, sponsored by LifePoint Fellowship volunteers and staff, is designed to be a family-friendly event for the entire community.
The event is free and open to the public. Food vendors will be on hand throughout the day, along with inflatables for children.
"I think it is great that we have gotten these Christian artist to come to Kansas, Oklahoma," LifePoint Fellowship Pastor Rex Blissard. "They were here last year and it is great to have them back. "We are here to help people get to know the Lord."
Last year, in the inaugural event, despite thunderstorms and rain the event drew more than 1,500 people.
"This year the weather is supposed to be great and I am expecting between 3,000 to 5,000 people," Blissard said. "Both of the bands have risen to national acclaim and I am expecting a great turnout."
We are Messengers and Stars Go Dim were nominees during the 2016 Dove Awards in the New Artist of the Year category. Despite their rising fame, both bands continue to perform at small venues.
"It is like wherever God leads us to go, that is where we go," said Alex McVay drummer for We are Messengers. "We come to events like this because it brings us back to where we kind of began. Like I said wherever God leads we follow."
Stars Go Dim is a Tulsa-based band. Formed in the late 2007 the group released its first single We are Loved off on its debut album in October 2015 - the same time the group signed with Fervent Records.
We are Messengers originated in Monaghan, Ireland in 2015. The group released its debut album in 2016 with Word Records and Curb Records.
The self titled album was debuted on April 22, 2016 and peaked this last year at Number 10 on the Billboard magazine charts.
The single Everything Comes Alive went to Number 13 in late 2016 while Magnify went to Number 10 earlier this year on the charts. Three other songs have been in the top 50 off the album.
Reeves, from Athens, Alabama, signed with Sparrow Record in 2009 and her break through release Sweet Sweet Sound went to Number 19 on the Billboard charts. She has released three other albums since that time.
The festival will also feature two local bands, set to take the stage at 3 p.m. - Delco Boys from Kansas and Beautiful Feet from Oklahoma City.
Also on tap for that night will be up and coming Christian rapper DA MA set to perform on Saturday evening. The evening will end with a fireworks display. .
"A lot of people can't go see artists like this at the big arenas. So we are bringing them to Kansas," Blissard said. "We just want everyone to bring their families out and see worship the Lord and celebrate our freedom."
The church is located on 270 Mason Street in Kansas. For more information, persons interested may call 918-868-4160.