Among this year's performers are Kimber Rising and 7eventh Time Down, both of whom are return attendees. This will be the third year for Kimber Rising, an all-girl pop trio who also help with conference breakout sessions for girls. Rockers 7eventh Time Down performed at the inaugural event in 2009.
The headliner is Luminate, a rock group from Texas. Its debut album, "Come Home," was released last year and spawned several hits on Christian radio. In the fall, the band will tour with Newsboys and Building 429.
The remaining performers are all rock and/or pop acts from West Virginia: The Turn Around (Hurricane), Sycamore (Hamlin), Karen Spurlock (Kenova), Shea (Beckley), Torn in Two (Barboursville) and Rise 123 (Barboursville). Speaker Mark Thomas will also be there.
In the past, the event has featured The Wrecking, Among the Thirsty, Chasen and Philmont.
"Financially we can't get the biggest bands, so we try to find newer bands that we think will be successful in the industry," Basham said. "Kids will come to see these bands, then follow them, and when these bands blow up, they can think, 'Hey, we got to meet them.'
"Music is a huge drive behind what we do in our conference. Whether they come for the Christianity or the rock music, we want to see lots of teens come in to know Jesus."
Reach Amy Robinson at flips...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4881.