TED GOCKE'S BLOG
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
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?
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)
Buddy Greene (he did a great job at an outdoor event for Bethel Bible Village)
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.
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!
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
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.
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!
I would like to see Phillips, Craig and Dean too. Others i would like to see Need to Breathe, Toby Mac and Casting Crowns.
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.
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.
The artists I would like to see is Jamie Slocum, Jeremy Camp, and Casting Crowns