An unpretentious soccer field in the farming community of Olathe will stir to life on Friday and Saturday, July 12–13, as top Christian acts take to the stage to perform at Praise Him Ministries' annual NightVision Festival.
"In Christ We Trust" is the theme for this year's festival, taking place at Olathe Community Park. Headliners for King and Country will perform on Friday and The Newsboys will perform on Saturday,
For King and Country is a two-time Grammy award-winning duo of brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone, flanked by their drum-heavy backup band. The duo's third album, "Burn the Ships" (2018) includes the singles "joy" and "God Only Knows," which is currently ranked No. 3 on Christian Billboard charts. Their second album, "Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong." debuted at No. 1 on iTunes and was certified gold.
The iconic band, The Newsboys, have netted six gold albums, 8 million units in career sales, 33 No. 1 singles and multiple Grammy and American Music Award nominations. Their recent signature hits include "We Believe" and "God's Not Dead." A newer release, "The Greatness of Our God," peaked at No. 7 on the music charts.
The NightVision lineup is loaded with powerhouse performers Zach Williams, Jeremy Camp, Jordan Feliz, Colton Dixon, Sanctus Real, The Afters, Aaron Shust and David Dunn. Artists will be available to the public for a short time in the merchandise tent for autographs and photos.
Founder of Harvest Crusades, Greg Laurie, is the featured speak on Friday and former Denver Bronco linebacker, Karl Mecklenburg will speak on Saturday. Patty Perry, the founder of Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Inc., will demonstrate with some of the organization's rehabilitated animal ambassadors. Fireworks will close the festival on Saturday after The Newsboys perform.
Along with music on stage, the family-friendly festival includes outdoor games and carnival rides, concessions, food vendors, information and merchandise vendors. Tickets at the gate cost $30 per day and $15 for children ages 7–13. Ages 6 and younger are free. All tickets include the carnival games.
The festival happens rain or shine. Take lawn chairs and/or a blanket, sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, jacket, insect repellent, flashlight, umbrella, cash, hand sanitizer, a water bottle, Bible, pen and notebook. It is an alcohol- and smoking-free festival. No outside food or drink is allowed. Bags will be checked at the gate. Proceeds from purchases of bottled water will benefit Praise Him Ministries.
On site parking is limited and will cost $5 for personal vehicles, $15 for 12–16 passenger vans and $25 any size RV and bus.
Gates will open at 1 p.m. each day.
Here is the lineup:
Friday, July 12
■ David Dunn, 4:15 p.m.
■ Patty Perry, 4:45 p.m. (wild animal outreach/demos)
■ Sanctus Real, 5 p.m.
■ Jordan Feliz, 6 p.m.
■ Speaker Greg Laurie 6:45 p.m.
■ Zach Williams, 7:40 p.m.
■ For King and Country, 9 p.m.
Saturday, July 13
■ Aaron Shust 4:15 p.m.
■ Patty Perry (wild animal outreach/demos) 4:45 p.m.
■ The Afters, 5 p.m.
■ Colton Dixon, 6 p.m.
■ Speaker former Denver Bronco linebacker Karl Mecklenburg, 6:45 p.m.
■ Jeremy Camp, 7:40 p.m.
■ Newsboys 9 p.m.
Visit facebook.com/NightVisionFest for information.