Christians to rock Calistoga

2010-09-30T22:23:00Z 2010-10-02T17:03:26Z Christians to rock CalistogaVERONICA “Ronnie” TIERNEY Napa Valley Register
September 30, 2010 10:23 pm  • 

The Rock of Ages Festival, one of Northern California’s biggest rock events, returns to Calistoga Saturday.

This Christian rock festival boasts some of the top Christian musicians, performers and speakers in the country.  

Now in its 11th year, The Newsboys, Audio Adrenaline, Phil Joel, Christafari  will headline the festival, and be joined by a dozen other well-known Christian bands. 

“Our genre is versatile,” says festival coordinator, Ray Centanni. “We feature rock, reggae, country and punk.”

Along with music, other highlights of the event include the BFC skateboard team, a BMX team with Vic Murphy, sword swallower Dan Meyers, ventriloquist Mark Thompson and comedian Bob Smiley. 

In addition, a children’s stage will be set up with entertainment containing positive and encouraging messages and there will be pony rides for kids.

Miles McPhereson, former San Diego Charger and author of “Do Something — Make Your Life Count,” will be speaking, along with several national speakers.  

“The Rock of Ages Festival has had a positive impact on our community,” says Eden Umble, marketing manager for the Calistoga Chamber of Commerce. “I attended last year and saw kids having a fantastic time. They were really enjoying the music and the message.”

The festival office said it receives “tons” of e-mails from people who have attended the event. To date, the festival has attracted more than 50,000 people.  

“People come as far as Reno and Fresno,” Centanni said. “It has become a festival for the whole family with workshops about marriage, parenting and American history from the international organization Focus on the Family.

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