By Linda Scherer
WINSTED, MN The Higher Ground Christian Music Festival committee recently announced its 2010 lineup of award-winning musical talent.
Bargain-priced tickets will go on sale today, Dec. 28.
This will be the Christian music festival’s sixth anniversary in Winsted, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 13 and 14.
It will feature two of Christian music’s best artists performing for the first time on Higher Ground’s stage.
“The Higher Ground committee is very excited about our sixth year,” Higher Ground chairman Terry Fasching said. “We feel Higher Ground will have an exciting buzz this year with the lineup and the overall energy of the festival. This will be our best year ever,”
Chris Tomlin will be Friday night’s headliner.
Tomlin holds the first five slots on the list of the top 25 worship songs, and has received six Dove awards.
He was also awarded “Male Vocalist of the Year” in both 2006 and 2007 at the Gospel Music Awards.
Saturday night’s headliner is Steven Curtis Chapman.
“Steven Curtis Chapman just released a new album and it has been getting huge publicity from Good Morning America, People magazine, etc.,” Fasching said.
Chapman has a long list of accomplishments since starting his career in the late 1980s as a songwriter.
He has released more than 20 albums, won five Grammy awards, and 56 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, more than any other artist in history.
He also holds the industry record for receiving seven “Artist of the Year” Dove Awards.
Other performers will include the BarlowGirl, who played at Higher Ground’s first festival; Hawk Nelson, who is a first-timer to Higher Ground; and Go Fish, a kids’ favorite that played at Higher Ground in 2007.
“The committee feels these artists really fit Higher Ground’s mission of providing a great family event for toddlers through grandparents,” Fasching said.
New this year, Higher Ground is introducing the artist circle ticket.
Purchasers of the artist circle ticket receive:
• the weekend admission ticket;
• all-weekend access to the Higher Ground artist circle tent, located next to the main stage;
• special meet-and-greet sessions with Higher Ground artists and bands;
• preferred seating in front of Main Stage;
• exclusive private seminar, and praise and worship gathering;
• hot catered dinner both Friday and Saturday night; and
• free fountain pop and water all weekend.
“The artist circle area will be very unique as we are planning a morning worship led by one of the artists,” Fasching said. “Also, question-and-answer sessions will be interactive as artists sit with people and answer questions. Of course, autographs will be available, as well. It will really give the fans an opportunity to interact with the artists on a personal level.”
Artist circle tickets are limited. The cost is $125 until May 15, and $150 after, while supplies last.
Check out Higher Ground’s web site, with 2010 information, at www.hgmusicfest.com.
Higher Ground tickets will go on sale Dec. 28 for the 2010 festival in Winsted, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 13 and 14.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.hgmusicfest.com., or by phone toll free at 866-821-5151, or metro at (651) 631-5151 during business hours.
Weekend tickets purchased between Dec. 28 and Jan. 15, will cost $46; from Jan 16 to May 15 the cost is $51; and from May 16 to Aug. 12 the cost is $56. Tickets purchased at the gate are $70.