Thirteen bands to raise money for SIDS research at Kingdom Jam 2016 – Salina.com
The Rev. Ron Bowell is nearly at his limit, and thatâs a good thing.
For this yearâs Kingdom Jam Contemporary Christian Music Festival, which Bowell organized seven years ago, 13 bands have been booked to perform. Thatâs just about the limit of what can be scheduled in 41/2 hours on a Sunday afternoon, he said.
âWe want to let the bands play, but we also donât want it to go past 41/2 hours,â he said. âSo things are crunched a bit.â
As it is, each band will be allowed to perform a 15-minute set. That doesnât include the time it takes to get on and off stage, Bowell said.
The festival kicks off at 1 p.m. Sunday at CrossRoads Church, 1125 W. South.
First up is the CrossRoads Band, the house rock band at CrossRoads Church, where Bowell not only is pastor but the groupâs guitarist. Bowell is a Kansas Music Hall of Fame inductee with his former band, Friar Tuck and the Monks.
New bands in the line-up this year include an acoustic guitar set by Tony Bowell, Ron Bowellâs son; New Trail Fellowship, a western band from a cowboy church in Abilene; Aliento De Vida, a band from a Hispanic-based Salina church that performs songs in English and Spanish; Sagebrush, a country band that has performed frequently in retirement homes in and around Salina; Freedom 724, a contemporary Christian band from Herington; and Jeffro and the Heroes, whose music Bowell confessed he hadnât yet heard.
âItâs Jeff Wellsâ band, who goes to church at CrossRoads,â Bowell said. âItâs kind of a mystery band. I know theyâll be good, but I donât know what theyâll play.â
A fundraiser for SIDS
Since the festivalâs second year, it has served as a fundraiser for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), an unexplained condition that takes the lives of babies less than a year old who otherwise appear to be in perfect health.
In January 2010, SIDS claimed the life of Bowellâs 2-month-old grandson, Zane.
Last year, about 400 people attended Kingdom Jam, Bowell said. Although admission is free, donations are accepted, and money is raised through concessions, T-shirts, tickets for prize drawings and a silent auction.
âLast year we raised pretty close to $3,000,â he said. âIf the weather is good to us this year, we should have 400 to 500 people attend.â
A silent auction
During the performances, attendees can bid for items in the silent auction until about 4:30 or 5 p.m., Bowell said. Items available for bidding will include a private concert by Tony Bowell; homemade crocheted and knitted items; handmade fine silver jewelry; original drawings, paintings and photographic pieces; hair care products; and products by Mary Kay, Vanderbiltâs and Scentsy.
A âdate nightâ basket will include a night stay at Country Inn & Suites, a $50 meal at Red Lobster and a movie.
All proceeds from Kingdom Jam 2016 will go to the Wichita-based SIDS Network of Kansas, and the C.J. Foundation of SIDS.
âItâs a good way to start the year, and everyone feels good about doing this,â Bowell said. âItâs not only good music, but itâs for a good cause.â
More information about this yearâs festival can be found on the Kingdom Jam page on Facebook.