Let’s get started!

Hey everybody, and welcome to this year’s Cornerstone blog!  My name is Jerry, and I’m one the bloggers here to give you a taste of what’s going on at the fest this week.  This is my 12th Cornerstone (all in a row – since 1998), and this year is shaping up to be a lot of fun.  The weather looks great (sunny and low 80s in the day, with nice, cool 60s at night), and the band lineup is absolutely massive!

Today is the unofficial first day of the fest proper, with several stages up and running with tons of bands.  I’m going to see a bunch of them, but I’ve picked out a few that I’m particularly interested in:

  • Quiet Science – This band from Florida is playing a bunch of shows at the fest, including 2 generator stage appearances today.  From what I’ve heard, they’re pretty much dead center in the zone of stuff I like – very melodic, with plenty of rock.  I’m really looking forward to seeing them play.
  • Los Lonely Boys – A Texas band that had a pretty big hit a few years back with their song “Heaven,” they’re one of the surprise bookings at the fest this year, because they seem to come from a little outside of the Christian music industry (however broadly you define the term).  It’s also unusual for a “name” band to play a show on the Gallery Stage on Tuesday, so it’ll be interesting to see how much of a crowd they draw this early in the fest.
  • Stephen Petree – A singer with a strong voice and an interesting mix of styles in the samples on his MySpace page.  I’m curious to see what he sounds like live.

Check back for updates, and in the meantime, let’s get some comments going!  What bands are you looking forward to most?  Who should I be sure not to miss?