at Cornerstone!"-Old Timers Lead the Way
Tony LaFianza (15 year festival veteran)
could only happen at Cornerstone!"
I customize one of those familiar cliches? I'd like to change one of Don
King's favorite expressions "Only in America," to "Only at Cornerstone!"
I've seen so much happen at the Cornerstone Festival over the years that
are purely and simply "Cornerstone Moments." No other place on earth could
so many diverse people types get together with so much in common. That
dynamic makes for a wonderful week of fellowship and service between brothers
and sisters from all over the map. That is to say, all over the map of
both of location or community, and of culture. But I think mostly "only
at Cornerstone" is associated with on stage activity. Although everyone
who goes to Cornerstone comes home with their own special moments, here
are some of mine...
Mike Knott of LSU pouring a couple gallons of baked beans all over himself
on Main Stage one night. That was a Cornerstone moment. The first time
I saw Danielson Family play at Cornerstone I was just passing through a
small side tent and this band, dressed like nurses were playing this strange,
wonderful music. And then a few years later, when I saw Daniel Smith of
play guitar from inside a huge tree that he'd built in the middle of the
Encore I stage was a Cornerstone moment. The first time I saw Dead Artist
Syndrome in a small tin barn that had turned into an oven. Brian Healy
wore a long black trench coat through the show, in over 100 degree temps,
and the guys from Undercover rocked behind him; all to a crowd of about
25 of us. That was a Cornerstone moment. I remember Lust Control having
pizza delivered to the stage front, in the middle of their show, and sharing
it with the fans. The over the top theatrics of Bloodgood, the huge stage
antics of One Bad Pig, the constant movement of The Altar Boys. The thrill
of seeing bands like Vengeance, the Lead, Crashdog. The brilliance of Charlie
Peacock, Daniel Amos, 77s, the ministry of Mylon LeFevre, and Degarmo and
Key. I have so many memories and "only at Cornerstone" moments that there's
just no way I could relate them all here. But for those of us who have
been coming to Cornerstone for years and years, and those of you who remember
some of those bands that have been an inspiration for so many, Cornerstone
is planning some more of those "only at Cornerstone" moments for Cornerstone
2000! And they're going back in time to do it.
through your program and get to the "musicians index," then pan down and
pick out all the great bands from years past coming back to the stages
of Cornerstone. This year has one of the most exciting line ups ever with
the best of the new bands right along side of reunions galore! Some of
the bands that have been around the block a few times and are coming to
rock Cornerstone again are:
Live and in concert the 77s become a rock and roll force that will fill
the night air with power and intensity. The outstanding songs of front
man Mike Roe along with his remarkable voice and his guitar genius, will
surely impress the Cornerstone Main Stage crowd yet again this year.
Boys: Together as a band for about 10 years through the 80's into the early
90's, the Altar Boys wrote some of Christian Rock's great anthems. One
of the most energetic punk/pop rock bands to ever hit main stage at Cornerstone
in years past, Mike Stand and his Telecaster guitar would probably run
miles by taking laps around the stage during the course of a concert.
Choir: Derri Daugherty and Steve Hindalong have always been named among
Christian alternative music's elite. They've been wowing Cornerstone fans
since their Youth Choir days and will surely impress us all again in 2000
with their beautiful melodies and sound.
Amos: Rock pioneers and musical geniuses Daniel Amos, made up of Terry
Taylor and some of the best musicians on any stage- any where, will return
to Cornerstone Farm this year for the umpteenth time to entertain some
of the most rabid fans in the world. We love DA!
Bad Pig: One Bad Pig returns to the scene of their "Blow the House Down"
video. One of the most popular live bands of ten years ago, will bring
their brand of screaming anthem punk rock back to the fields of Cornerstone
Festival for this much anticipated reunion!
Band: JPUSA's own REZ, perennial favorites for all the years there has
been a Cornerstone Festival, will be there again this year to reprise much
of their early material. Please don't miss this show if you're a REZ fan!
You may not have too many more chances to see this exciting, important
One of the pioneer bands of Christian punk music of the 80's and then hard
alternative music in the early 90's, will reunite at Cornerstone 2000.
As young men the guys of Undercover had a punk, pop, and new wave sound
like no one else, but changed with the times into a dark heavy rock band
of the 90's. Expect an all star Undercover line up to include Gym Nicolson,
Ojo Taylor, Sim Wilson, and others. The secret is out, the lid is off,
Undercover rocks on!
for Undercover is new group Cush, made up of old time favorites from Prayer
Chain and LSU. Exciting front man Mike Knott, is one of the most entertaining
and talented singer/song writers to grace the stages of Cornerstone in
years past. And even without a full release on the shelves, Cush will be
one of the buzz bands at Cornerstone 2000. If you're an alternative music
fan this should be a "don't miss" concert.
although Gene Eugene has left us and "gone home," he'll be remembered by
another "only at Cornerstone" event as the Festival brings us a Gene Eugene
Tribute: Recently the grievous death of Gene Eugene made shock waves through
the Christian music world. Eugene was a consummate musician, performer,
writer, producer, studio engineer, artist, and very loved by all who knew
and worked with him. This year Cornerstone Festival will host a tribute
to this beloved man, and festival favorite. Members of Gene Eugene's band,
Adam Again, will welcome friends and colleagues to the stage to reprise
the profound, pensive, and powerful music, and life of this alternative
sure to relive some of your own personal Cornerstone moments with these
great returning bands, among others, as we all make some new memories at
don't forget, "Only at Cornerstone!"