Monterey's Spirit West Coast's line-up will be worth the effort


MONTEREY, Calif. — Thousands of music fans are expected to descend on the Central California coastal enclave of Monterey in August for the annual Spirit West Coast—Monterey, set for Aug. 4 to 6, at the Laguna Seca Recreation Area.

The festival, founded in the summer of 1997, will feature seven stages and 15 hours of daily activities. The site, a multiuse property that includes a racetrack, is situated in the rolling hillsides with views of Salinas Valley.

Promoter Jon Robberson said that in addition to its strong California draw, hundreds of people travel from Nevada and Arizona as well.

This year's lineup features the Newsboys, Skillet, Toby Mac, Tenth Avenue North, Phil Wickham, Matthew West, Thousand Foot Krutch, Francesca Battistelli, Fireflight, Disciple, Sanctus Real, Kutless, The Afters, Manafest, Sidewalk Prophets, Chris August, Vota, The Museum, Stellar Kart, Beckah Shae, Dominic Balli, Reilly, Lecrae and I Am Empire.

Newer additions to the music schedule include Lybecker, Wavorly, The Technicolors, Jesus Music Reunion, Children 18:3, A Current Affair, Blood & Water, Iamwe, From Indian Lakes, Vira Avenue, Josiah James, A Rotterdam November and Christ of Nations—Collide Youth Camp Worship Band.

Speakers for the event include Reggie Dabbs, Bob Lenz, LeCrae, and Chip Ingram. In addition, the Collide Camp speaker will be Adam McCain, while Billy Smiley will be featured in the Partner & Play seminar.

One of the festival's most popular features, VeggieLand for the children, also returns for the 2011 run. Entertainers for that venue include Strongman Jon, Dean-o and Hopkins' G-Force Band.

The Monterey festival also offers a wide variety of contemporary Bible and life application workshops and a large vending area offering merchandise and Christian-based resources.

For teens and young adults, the festival provides a wide selection of sports and recreation activities, including inflatable action games and free basketball. Other activities include small usage fees for a mechanical bull, bungee trampoline, rock-climbing walls and a skatepark. A team of expert riders will also present daily demos.

Full event tickets are $108 until May 31. After that ticket prices increase each month. Gate prices are $149. Single day tickets are $55, while single gate tickets are $62. Discounts are available for juniors and groups of 10 or more. Children under ages 5 and under are admitted free.

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