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10.27.2009
JFEST 2010????
Ted Gocke
Ted Gocke

Alright, JFest has celebrated 11 years of music and ministry.  Last year for the first time we moved this incredible festival, that has seen hundreds of people give their lives to the Lord, to Abba's House due to the economy and the cost saving/risk eliminating(rain) measures.

We have basically heard two different types of comments:
     1.  I miss Camp Jordan and being outside-it does not feel like a
         festival-we want grass under our feet!
     2.  We love the air conditioning and the nice restrooms of Abba's
          House.

We are getting close to making the decision on JFest 2010.  What do you think?  It is your festival!  You have made JFest a huge success and fantastic family tradition to kick off the summer each year.  Where should we have JFest 2010?  Multiple days?  (Friday-Saturday?  Saturday-Sunday?)  Who would you like to see at JFest?

Give us your best case scenario.  Would you like to see it at....(place).....on .....(days) and I want to see.....(who?) on the line up?

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10.27.2009
| PHILIP BROWN SAYS:
Lineup: Switchfoot, David Crowder Band, FireFlight. Any of those would be cool.
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10.27.2009
| JUSTIN SAYS:
I just want to see you there Ted...How about the Lone Ranger this year
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10.27.2009
| MICHELLE SIPSY SAYS:
back at camp jordan, saturday and sunday. i agree with the bands philip brown said! also matthew west would be awesome. brandon heath. i could name a million :)
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10.28.2009
| ANGELA TALLEY SAYS:
it shouldn't matter where it is held; as long as prople are giving their lives to the Lord. i will say the air would be nice though.
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10.28.2009
| DONNA WARREN SAYS:
Listening to your interview with Phillips, Craig, and Dean - A yes vote for them to be a part of any event in Chattanooga. New talent is awesome, but there are lots of such "oldie" groups that are still are AWESOME!
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10.28.2009
| JEFF GREER SAYS:
Friday night / Saturday

Indoor on Friday night (Abba's House / TTU)
Camp Jordan on Saturday

PCD at the Birthday Bash at Abba's House or TTU and again at J Fest

Wayne Watson (need some artists from the Rewind)
FFH (they need to come back and sing Big Fish)
Mark Harris (unless you can get 4Him to reunite)
Phil Stacey
Buddy Greene (he did a great job at an outdoor event for Bethel Bible Village)
Mandisa
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10.28.2009
| ELIZABETH MCGEE SAYS:
I didn't make it to last years at Abba's House so I can't say anything against that location, I know I loved the years I went to Jfest at Camp Jordon, but I agree the most important thing is Worship/Praise and lives saved no matter where it happens.

I really hope its not the last weekend in May because I always have a horse show that weekend I need to go to (I'm their photographer). I think Saturday Sunday are the better days or Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday if possible.

I would love to see Phillips Craig and Dean either there or another time in Chattanooga, I enjoyed the interview this morning.
I also would love to see the ApologetiX come again to Jfest or another concert time. I love their Christian parodies.
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10.28.2009
| BEVERLY KING SAYS:
This last summer was my first time to JFest! I thoroughly enjoyed it at Abba's House. It WAS a little hot-so the inside concerts were welcome.
I was frustrated with how the line was set up, to go inside. I'd made a special effort to purchase the gold tickets, only to find that there was no separate line for those of us who had bought ahead of time! We had to stand in the LONG line along with those who had NOT bought gold tickets. I hope that will be different next year. Also, getting autographs was awkward-at least the timing in relation to ongoing concerts. I do hope that that,too, will be changed.
Now, over all, what is my vote? Abba's House.
Artists I'd like to see there? MercyMe; Phillips, Craig & Dean; TobyMac; Chris Tomlin;
Chris Rice; Mark Harris; Mark Schultz; BigDaddyWeave; Matthew West; Newsboys; Ayeisha Woods; Steven Curtis Chapman; Avalon; DecembeRadio; 33miles; Aaron Shust-is that enough to choose from??
Thank you so much for even asking for our input! And thank you for making JFest affordable to those of us who don't have a lot of money. You are appreciated!
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10.28.2009
| KEVIN FREEMAN SAYS:
I liked Camp jordan a whole lot better....it allowed for a whole lot more people to come, rather than have limited seating. Maybe for the people that dont wanna be in the sun maybe we can get a big tall tent to setup so the sun dont hit them. I think the headling artist for Jfest should be........Drum Roll Please..........CASTING CROWNS!

And if you cannot get Casting crowns my second pick would be Hillsong United.
Other bands i would like to see.... Bluetree, John Waller, Crabb Revival, and of Course ELIJAH JAMES!

Thanks J103 I love you all!

Kev The Rev
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10.29.2009
| BOBBY WATSON SAYS:
Would love to have Phillips, Craig, and Dean back as well as Selah. Would also love to hear Building 429, Casting Crowns, or Mercy Me!!!!
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10.29.2009
| HANNAH SAYS:
Abba's House was great! You had outside festivities before we went inside, so i thought it was a nice mixture of indoor/outdoor. and i say keep making "a day of it!" it's too hard to try to make it after work on friday and who wants to miss church on sunday?

Building 429 is the greatest...& an absolute MUST!!! they were the best part of JFest2009! would love to see Chris Tomlin. Casting Crowns and Hillsong would be nice, too! Kari Jobe is also a good idea!

thanks for allowing our input & suggestions! i pray God guide/direct ur decisions & steps for JFest2010.
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10.29.2009
| APRIL SAYS:
I loved Abba's house but I was quite dissapointed that we did not get our tickets earlier because our entire group could go inside. We ended up spending most of our day there searching for extra tickets so the rest of our crew could join us. We ended up paying extra for them and then by the end of the night you could walk in without one? Half of our group ended up leaving early because we could not all get in. Since the main objective of JFest is to save souls, my vote would definately have to be for Camp Jordan so they that everyone enjoy. I too love the air conditioning and restrooms though so maybe like Kevin recommended, get a big tent too?

As for the lineup....I would like to see Third Day, Mandisa, Casting Crowns, MercyMe, FireFlight, Switchfoot, Britt Nicole...oh my list could go on and on.

Whatever you do, keep up the good work and God Bless!
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10.29.2009
| STACIE SAYS:
I think that it should definitely be multiple days. It would be awesome if Switchfoot, Tobymac or even Casting Crowns were there.
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10.30.2009
| MELISSA RAY SAYS:
Camp Jordan is the best, I have been to all but 1 year and definately want to see it back at Camp Jordan. I've been in the heat and rain and loved it still! My kids like it better outdoors too!

I would like to see Phillips, Craig and Dean too. Others i would like to see Need to Breathe, Toby Mac and Casting Crowns.
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10.30.2009
| ROBERT VROOM SAYS:
First of all, I love J-Fest and will be there wherever you decide to hold it. That said; I see J-Fest as a Christian music festival, not a concert. Camp Jordan has more of a festival feel. I also think there are a few problems inherent at Abba's House.

1) A limited number of people can fit in the auditorium. This means that people who pay to see an artist might only be able to view them on TV.
2) The vendors are outside. As partners with J-103, the vendors deserve to have the greatest ability to connect with their audience. Once people sit in the auditorium, the vendors might as well pack up and go home.
3) When I am inside an auditorium, I feel a need to whisper or be quiet. This also reduces the festival atmosphere.
4) The fact that more people might come to J-Fest than can fit inside can cause people to wait in line for long periods of time (again removing them from the vendors and tarnishing the festival atmosphere.)
5) Abba's House is a pretty central location. I want to be disconnected from everything except the music and my fellow believers when I go to J-Fest. When I went to Camp Jordan I felt like I was away from everything. It was a full day event. At Abba's House I can go home, take care of chores, etc. I am not as tuned-in to the atmosphere.

A few of the bands I would like to see include Casting Crowns, Kutless, Falling Up, Stacy Orrico, and Jeremy Camp.
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11.01.2009
| LARRY COLE SAYS:
Note to moderator.... feel free to not post these comments but do pass them on...

First off, we loved JFest 2009.

Overall we had a great time and feel blessed that J103 takes on this effort every year. I'm thankful for all the great volunteers and the magnitude of work that I know is required to put on an event like this.

Artists for next year? Israel Houghton or if he is not available, maybe his New Breed backup band. Kari Jobe is a sweet voice I’ve been hearing lately. Freddy Rodriguez, James Fortune and Micha Stampley are all artists that I’ve recently seen live that sound great and can get a crowd on their feet.

Although I really liked Abba's house, it was a real shame that the opening act filled the house and then as the day progressed the crowd got thinner and thinner until when Salvador played, there was probably at most a couple of hundred people. Advertising that the indoor portion was a sell out may have kept late deciders from coming. Not allowing participants w/o indoor tickets an opportunity to come inside when people left for good probably contributed to the problem. Feeling that to get a good seat for the entire inside portion meant that you had to be inside early for the first act probably also contributed. I did feel bad for Tabernacle that played to an almost empty parking lot due to everyone getting in line early to get a good seat inside. Unfortunately, the longer a concert is, the less suited it is for indoor and limited seating. At least with Camp Jordon, people can come and go without any threat of being sold out or space being limited.

Also, in some media, the concert was advertised as ending around 7 when it actually ended much later. I saw a large number of people leaving at 7, either to go down to Riverbend (unfortunate competition for the night) or because that may have been when some younger kids parents arranged to have them picked up. Anyway, better communication about the timing of the festival would definitely be useful.
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11.01.2009
| SHERRIE SAYS:
I really liked Abbas House this year. I also enjoyed being able to see indoor/outdoor events! Artists I would like to see: Jeremy Camp, Mercy Me, Brandon Heath. Keep up the GREAT work and God Bless!
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11.07.2009
| PAM SAYS:
it would be nice to see Micheal W Smith Steven Curtis Chapman Mercy me and casting crowns
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11.19.2009
| HANNAH SAYS:
one more i'd love to see at J-Fest: NEEDTOBREATHE! they are awesome! although i'm more apt to come to Abba's House than Camp Jordan (i hate fighting the bugs & heat!), u might get me to Camp Jordan with NeedToBreathe & Building 429!!!
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01.17.2010
| SHERRY BIGHAM SAYS:
I would much rather have it @Camp Jordan. You have more of an opportunity to see the artists in person and be able to meet friends easier.

The artists I would like to see is Jamie Slocum, Jeremy Camp, and Casting Crowns
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01.27.2010
| MARC SAYS:
How can I get tickets to J-Fest?
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04.06.2010
| SHAWN LAWSON SAYS:
As long as we make it about jesus i dont care who shows up or where it is.I know we will all have a good time.but i would like to see chris tomlin,jhon waller,and team impact.i had no problems with abba's house but it dont matter.Im just ecited that yall are able to put this event on year after year,God bless all of J103 and all the people that volenteer and all the sponsers.

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