Universal Orlando’s Rock the Universe 2014, Florida’s biggest Christian music festival, returns September 5 and 6 with live performances by some of today’s hottest Christian artists, including Lecrae – who won Best Gospel Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards; Grammy and Billboard Music Award-winning hip hop artist tobyMac; four-time Grammy Award-winning group Third Day; and rock band Switchfoot, which has sold millions of albums worldwide.
This month, one grand prize winner will receive four tickets to Rock the Universe with park access to bothUniversal Orlando Resort theme parks along with one-night accommodations, and 10 secondary winners will receive two one-day tickets to the event with park access. You can enter the contest online at GoodNewsFL.org/RTU2014.
Friday praise & worship
On Friday night join in the exuberant praise and worship music led by Third Day, Newsboys, and Jeremy Camp.
Third Day has been playing together for almost 20 years, and they have recently completed their 12th album, “Miracle.” Their rock and roll is uplifting, inspirational and exciting. The members of Third Day are four-time Grammy Award winners. Speaking of their song “Your Love is Like a River,” drummer Dave Carr said, “It’s one of my favorite songs on the album, and a lot of that has to do with the three attributes of God- that His love is like a river, a fire and a rock. When I think of a river, I think of something that is constantly flowing. It’s dependable, it’s powerful and it cuts its own path. God is a lot like that, and His love is like that. It goes where it goes, and it is impossible to stop it.” The band’s song “I Need a Miracle” is based on the true story of someone who almost ended his life. As the man was attempting to take his life, he heard the song “Cry Out to Jesus” on the radio. At that moment, he cried out to Jesus and prayed. And his life was transformed.
Saturday rock & hip hop
Saturday night will be electrified with rock and hip-hop including Switchfoot, Toby Mac, and Lecrae.
Switchfoot hails from San Diego, California, and the members of the band participated in national surf championships on weekends. However, their true passion was music. Jon Foreman, lead vocalist and guitarist, explains that the name “Switchfoot” comes from a surfing term. “We all love to surf, and have been surfing all our lives, so to us the name made sense,” he said. “To switch your feet means to take a new stance facing the opposite direction. It’s about change and movement, a different way of approaching life and music.” Switchfoot has sold millions of albums all over the world.
At the Fanzone, Rock the Universe will also be featuring Christian rockers Rapture Ruckus, Manafest, 7eventh Time Down, and All Things New. Fans will also be able to attend band autograph sessions and join in on karaoke at the Fanzone.
On Saturday night, participate in a stirring candlelight ceremony, which will include inspirational messages from special guest speakers.
While the bands are playing on two strategically placed stages, visitors will have full access to Universal Studios’ thrilling rides and attractions, which will remain in operation. Some of the featured rides are TRANSFORMERS: The Ride- 3D; Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit; Revenge of the Mummy; MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack; and Despicable Me Minion Mayhem.
Rock the Universe is dedicated to supporting youth ministry. Youth ministry leaders can download Bible studies based on the music youth will hear at the event. There is also a tool kit available online which features Rock the Universe themed social media imagery to enlighten students about what they will witness at Rock the Universe. The tool kit includes videos, powerpoint, posters and banner ads.
Sunday morning worship service
The perfect finale to this faith-filled, action-packed weekend is the non-denominational Sunday Morning Worship Service. Three services will be held on September 7 at 8:30 a.m, 9:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. They will be located at the Fear Factor Live stage at Universal Studios.
Billed as “A Weekend of Music and Thrills That’ll Rock Your Soul,” Rock the Universe is a wonderful way to kick off September. It promises to be a memorable experience jam-packed with exciting music, fellowship, faith and fun. Rain or shine- Come and renew your spirit and faith!
For more information visit www.RocktheUniverse.com and be sure to enter to win tickets on the Good News website at GoodNewsFl.org/RTU2014.