Thirteen bands to raise money for SIDS research at Kingdom Jam 2016 – Salina.com
The Rev. Ron Bowell is nearly at his limit, and thatÃ¢Â€Â™s a good thing.
For this yearÃ¢Â€Â™s Kingdom Jam Contemporary Christian Music Festival, which Bowell organized seven years ago, 13 bands have been booked to perform. ThatÃ¢Â€Â™s just about the limit of what can be scheduled in 41/2 hours on a Sunday afternoon, he said.
Ã¢Â€ÂœWe want to let the bands play, but we also donÃ¢Â€Â™t want it to go past 41/2 hours,Ã¢Â€Â he said. Ã¢Â€ÂœSo things are crunched a bit.Ã¢Â€Â
As it is, each band will be allowed to perform a 15-minute set. That doesnÃ¢Â€Â™t 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 groupÃ¢Â€Â™s 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 BowellÃ¢Â€Â™s 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 hadnÃ¢Â€Â™t yet heard.
Ã¢Â€ÂœItÃ¢Â€Â™s Jeff WellsÃ¢Â€Â™ band, who goes to church at CrossRoads,Ã¢Â€Â Bowell said. Ã¢Â€ÂœItÃ¢Â€Â™s kind of a mystery band. I know theyÃ¢Â€Â™ll be good, but I donÃ¢Â€Â™t know what theyÃ¢Â€Â™ll play.Ã¢Â€Â
A fundraiser for SIDS
Since the festivalÃ¢Â€Â™s 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 BowellÃ¢Â€Â™s 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.
Ã¢Â€ÂœLast year we raised pretty close to $3,000,Ã¢Â€Â he said. Ã¢Â€ÂœIf the weather is good to us this year, we should have 400 to 500 people attend.Ã¢Â€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, VanderbiltÃ¢Â€Â™s and Scentsy.
A Ã¢Â€Âœdate nightÃ¢Â€Â 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.
Ã¢Â€ÂœItÃ¢Â€Â™s a good way to start the year, and everyone feels good about doing this,Ã¢Â€Â Bowell said. Ã¢Â€ÂœItÃ¢Â€Â™s not only good music, but itÃ¢Â€Â™s for a good cause.Ã¢Â€Â
More information about this yearÃ¢Â€Â™s festival can be found on the Kingdom Jam page on Facebook.