SHELDON—RiseFest is just around the corner.
The annual two-day Christian music festival in Sheldon added three more acts to its lineup.
Social Club Misfits was the first group Rise Ministries founder and president Rob Roozeboom added to the RiseFest lineup then Jason Gray and Cade Thompson were added to the festival.
The three additions gives RiseFest eight musical acts for the festival scheduled for Friday and Saturday, June 11-12. Casting Crowns, which will perform at RiseFest for the first time; Matthew West; Zach Williams; Big Daddy Weave; and We The Kingdom previously were announced as acts.
“I’m extremely excited. We are looking forward to it,” Roozeboom said. “Still a ways to go. We are ready for RiseFest but I’m glad it’s not this weekend. We have some work yet. We added a few new faces to help us put on the festival.”
Social Club Misfits is a Christian hip-hop duo from Miami, consisting of rappers FERN and Marty Mar.
Roozeboom said the duo was at a Florida event he tuned in to and thought they would be a good fit for RiseFest.
“It will be fun, something different than in the past. They will add a little fun and flavor to the lineup,” Roozeboom said. “We are always trying to attract new things. I try to say there is something for everyone and we want all kinds of people to feel welcome. They popped up and I thought ‘I kinda like this.’ It’s something we haven’t done and it’s a duo I think our festivalgoers will enjoy.”
Gray was scheduled to perform at last year’s RiseFest before it got canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The contemporary Christian artist previously performed at RiseFest in 2015.
“He’s been a friend to the festival,” Roozeboom said. “He has a powerful story and has hits on the radio.”
Thompson, another contemporary Christian artist, also was scheduled to perform last year and previously performed at the 2018 and 2019 festivals.
Thompson joined Rise Ministries for its Christmas program.
“He’s a young man who just signed with Red Street Records in Nashville and his song ‘Every Step of the Way’ is doing well on the radio,” Roozeboom said. “He has a great heart and I am excited for what’s happening with him.”
Roozeboom said a couple more acts are in the works along with a couple of speakers.
After missing a year due to the pandemic, Roozeboom said the ticket sales for the 2021 RiseFest festival has been “pretty good.”
The early bird special remains in affect, which is 10 tickets for $32.50 each. Individual tickets for RiseFest are $35. Children 10 and younger get in free. There also is a prime package of $99, which gets a tent on the ground with some food and water provided. The campground still has spaces available. Tickets may be purchased at riseministries.com or by calling 712-324-9763.
There will be plenty of room to socially distance at RiseFest, if needed, since the new stage is on a 33.5-acre plot of land on Sheldon’s east side.
The different tents and vendors also are returning to RiseFest. A Kids Zone, a Tween Tent, a Youth Tent and a merchandise tent all return along with different food vendors.
A few vendors are moving out of the tent to their own space, including Touch of Hope — Haiti and Rosie’s Boutique. Pizza Ranch also is working on its own space.
“We will probably have more food vendors than we’ve had and we’ve expanded the camping. It’s feeling close to what it felt like in 2019,” Roozeboom said. “We do have the extra ground so we are going to utilize that. We are excited about the space and excited about utilizing the space.”