Amongst a long list of things that Mandy and I will miss when we move to Seattle can now be added LifeLight Music Festival. This is a free, Christian music festival held in Sioux Falls during Labor Day Weekend each summer. Over the past few years I have started to get tired of LifeLight, but I will really miss this amazing event when Labor Day rolls around this summer and all I can look forward to is the first day of class the next day.
This year's headliners are...Casting Crowns, Michael W. Smith, and Switchfoot. What a lineup! I have drifted away from the "Christian" music scene in the past 2 years, opting instead for music that displays artistic integrity, beauty, and truth, in whatever genre it appears. These 3 bands are a great lineup, though. I will especially miss seeing Switchfoot. I so admire them for staying true to their roots and the foundations of their faith amidst huge mainstream success. This seems hard to do. I have seen them in concert 2 times and each one was a great experience. They are incredibly talented and have a knack for creating an 'experience', a way of drawing the whole crowd into something bigger than themselves.
So, for all you Sioux Falls natives, I warn you not to miss this great weekend of entertainment and worship. I am jealous of you all.