Folks who attended the Ichthus Festival in its final years at the Wilmore property now known as Servant Heart farm will see some familiar faces as the River Rock festival makes its debut.
Friday headliner Newsboys debuted its current lineup with frontman Michael Tait at a curious Ichthus show in 2010 that saw the fest open on a Wednesday night. The group was paired with Tait’s former dc talk bandmate TobyMac. Newsboys also headlined the only edition of Ichthus at the Kentucky Horse Park, in 2015, and has been a regular on the WinterJam tour that rolls through Rupp Arena every year. Saturday dinnertime act Hawk Nelson also was an Ichthus mainstay in the event’s last decade, and Saturday headliner Jeremy Camp stopped in a few times when his star was rising.
But there are numerous newcomers to the Wilmore stage on Friday and Saturday, including Saturday’s penultimate act, 2008 “American Idol” finalist Danny Gokey, whose Christian music career didn’t launch until after Ichthus’ final Wilmore edition in 2012. So, who all is coming?
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1 p.m. Hush Harbor — A Louisville five-piece, the band has been together since 2014, playing festivals and churches.
2 p.m. TBD
3 p.m. TBD
4 p.m. Jason Fowler — The Atlanta artist is a little bit country, a little bit rock ’n’ roll. His sophomore album, “I Fall In,” came out last year.
7 p.m. JJ Weeks Band — The quartet out of Macon, Ga., has dropped seven albums since 2001.
8 p.m. Ryan Stevenson — The Oregon-raised, Idaho-based musician topped the Christian Charts last year with “Eye of the Storm.”
9 p.m. Newsboys — Originally from Australia, the band has undergone so many lineup changes over its 37 years that there are no original members in the group. But it continues to top charts and festival bills.
11 a.m. TBD
12 p.m. TBD
1 p.m. Iron Bell — See 6 p.m. Friday.
2 p.m. Jasmine Murray — A former Miss Mississippi, she was on “American Idol” Season 8 along with Danny Gokey.
3 p.m. JJ Weeks Band — See 7 p.m. Friday.
4 p.m. Jordan Feliz — The Californian’s debut album is “The River.”
5 p.m. Hawk Nelson — A going concern since 2000, the Canadian pop-punk outfit gained mainstream notice for playing The Who on the NBC series “American Dreams.” This will be the group’s first visit to Wilmore since frontman Jason Dunn departed.
6 p.m. Jeff Kemp – A former NFL quarterback, Kemp is now a sought-after speaker and author.
7 p.m. Zach Williams — The Arkansas church worship leader fronted several bands before striking out on his own with the No. 1 hit, “Chain Breaker.”
8 p.m. Danny Gokey — After placing third in “American Idol” Season 8, the former church music director embarked on a country music career but turned to the Christian market with his 2014 release, “Hope in Front of Me.”
9:45 p.m. Jeremy Camp — The Lafayette, Ind., native has 11 studio albums and five Dove Awards to his credit. His new album, “The Answer,” is due Oct. 6.
Schedule according to Riverrockky.com/schedule.