Today was the 2nd day of a huge Sonshine Festival 2011 with Pulse Artists such as: Hyland, Me In Motion, Chasen, Manafest, Fireflight, Family Force 5, and Skillet!
Many of Sonshine-goers experienced a very WET night. With over 2 inches sogging their tents, clothes, etc., the only thing dry were the clothes they were wearing! Luckily I’ve been blessed to be in a hotel–expecting some jabs from that, whoops– so I didn’t have to endure that, but it was impressive to see everyone maintain such a great spirit anyway!
First to start off the day was Hyland, belting the Pulse Top 20 hit “This Love Is Free.” They were a good start to the day, and I really enjoyed the genuine heart they seemed to have in their music. Very passionate!
Second was Me In Motion, and again, another Pulse Top 20 hit “Eye of the Hurricane” was performed and enjoyed, but towards the end of their show they changed up styles a little bit and played some worship songs. It was a nice switch-up.
Chasen was up next, and after a few tech difficulties they finally got underway and gave a great performance! “On and On” was well performed, as were many of their songs.
Chris August was after, and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed his humor, and not to mention his “Candy Wrap…” rapping all about his funny enjoyment of candy (Trust me, he brought up everything from a tootsie pop to double stuffed oreos!).
But the next Pulse artist was Manafest, and he gave a rockin’ performance! Your favorite Pulse hits were well-played and loved by the crowd. I admit, the guitarist noticed us Iowans enjoying the show to the fullest and threw us his pick… we’re some of their biggest fans!
After a couple of hours of awesome performances I didn’t expect the level at which Fireflight would raise the bar! And raise it they did. Highly energetic, with great crowd participation, it was one of the most enjoyable sets of the day.
Do not be fooled though, after a couple good performances by The City Harmonics, a great painting by Eric Samuel Timm, and a wonderful worship set by Aaron Gilliespie of The Almost, the night was far from over.
Get your rock fist up and your swagger walk out, because next up was Family Force 5. It quickly became evident that this was the turning point of the night… where the partying/ rocking out was going to be taken to a whole new level. With great props such as the balloons with each of the band members faces on it attached to their backs, the FF5 2,000 (A giant drum beat machine, truly awesome!!), and a giant “bubble” that the lead rapper/singer of FF5 rolled out in, FF5 did an awesome job of getting the crowd ready for the showcase band of the night.
I have to be honest, I’ve seen Skillet in the past year or two in Ames, and I didn’t think there was much else they could do considering they have yet to put out a new album since that concert, but I was quickly proven WRONG! Right from the beginning, the intensity and sheer awesomeness of their performance took my breath away. They truly know how to rock a crowd, and that they did!! It was a great way to end the second night.
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