Fishfest 2008 tickets on sale for April event

IRVINE, Calif. — Tickets are now on sale for Fishfest 2008, a daylong music festival featuring Jeremy Camp, Superchick, Rebecca St. James and Hawk Nelson.

The seventh annual concert, sponsored by 95.9 KFSH-FM, is scheduled for April 27 at The Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. The Fish 95.9 is a Southern California-based radio station that broadcasts family-friendly entertainment and contemporary Christian music.

Produced by Transparent Productions, the concert will be held on several stages and also include KJ-52, Disciple, Starlit Platoon, Britt Nicole and Jana Alayra.

In addition to the national talent, San Clemente-based singer and songwriter Jadon Lavik will perform. Lavik has toured nationally with St. James and BarlowGirl. A locally based worship leader, Lavik has just released "Roots Run Deep," an 11-track collection of classic hymns, which was released by BEC Recordings. The acoustically driven Lavik self-produced the disc, which follows earlier releases "Moving on Faith" (2004) and "Life on the Inside" (2006).

Lavik describes his latest project as a "considerable change in direction, musically and thematically.

"It's definitely a departure from the first two records," he said on his Web site. "I hope people dig it. It's not super polished or overly produced, but it's really raw, acoustic and real."

Lavik says he's always wanted to do a hymns project, especially since he grew up in a traditional church in the state of Washington, where he developed a love and appreciation for the standards of the faith.

"I love old hymns," the 29-year-old troubadour confesses. "For me, this is not about making a strategic career move. I wanted to do it because I have a deep reverence for the songs."

The titles include "Come, Thou Fount," "I Surrender All," "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus," "I Need Thee Every Hour," "Take My Life" and "Amazing Grace."

"All the arrangements are unique, and some of them don't sound much like the originals," Lavik said. "I composed and produced virtually the whole project, and I worked hard to present my interpretation of each hymn. 'Roots' provides a true representation of who I am."

The musicians said he hopes the album will resonate with fans and generate a few more.

"The whole record has an intimate feel, like what it would sound like if you came and sat in my living room and I shared it with you and a few friends."

Ticket prices for the festival range from $25 for lawn tickets to $75 for VIP tickets. In addition to the music, the event will offer food concessions, vendor booths and exhibits.

Lawn tickets, for seats at the back of the amphitheater, are general admission. Folding chairs are not permitted in the venue, but blankets are allowed. All tickets give full access to the side stage. The VIP tickets are considered the best 1,500 seats in the venue and include preferred parking and a VIP tent catered by food vendors.

Tickets are available through all Ticketmaster outlets, the Verizon box office or at Transparent Productions. Tickets purchased through Ticketmaster carry additional service charges.

The amphitheater is located at 8808 Irvine Center Dr.

For more information about FISHFEST visit www.kfsh.com, www.transparentproductions.com or call (949) 250-0444.