Next week will be a week of great significance for Christian music in general. The Cornerstone Music Festival will begin on Monday, July 2nd and then on Saturday July 7th, the festival will close its gates for the last and final time. After 28 years, Cornerstone will be no more. The main and obvious reason for this is finances, but the more significant part of the story is the loss of Tastyfresh.com’s Afterhours stage and where do we go from here.
The truth is that we, the entire CEDM scene is in transition now. Cornerstone was the standard for CEDM. Even before Tastyfresh was involved, the dance club existed. It changed hands no fewer than 3 times and then there were a few awkward years of joint control between Scott Blackwell and Phillip Kim after Scott’s departure from N*Soul. In the end though, everyone involved with the dance club (or Afterhours as it was branded for the past few years) consistently came together, put aside their differences and did their best to put on a world class show in the middle of a cornfield. It was a grand experiment in so many different ways. And as all grand experiments go, they are in reality training grounds. Now, it’s time for us to stand up and start something new.
This is why I started focusing on this idea of sustainability. It’s also why we will be on it for some time. It’s time that we all start banning together and putting the things that we have all learned to good use. We’re already making progress. I’m not talking about just the Tastyfresh community here, but whole CEDM scene world-wide. We’re small locally, but we have so much potential globally. So what’s next for Tastyfresh? We’ll let you know as soon as we do. We haven’t given up hope on doing events, in fact… we may be more inspired than ever if only to keep the spirit of Cornerstone alive.
Anyway, I thought now might be a good time to feature some videos of CEDM events that have happened in the past few years. No, this isn’t all of the events, but they are a decent sampling. Please use them for some personal inspiration.
Transform DJs at Icthus 2012 (June 2012)
God + Bass (June 2012)
Future Sound of Worship 4 (May 2012)
Awakenings (April 2012)
Dance + Pray (March 2012)
Afterhours 20TEN (June/July 2010)
Heat Worship House 2010
(I’d post something more recent. Their last event was White As Snow 3 in Feb 2012)
I hope you enjoyed the show. We’ll be back with more on sustainability in the coming weeks. I believe Josiah Freebourne is up next with information on where and how to find funding for your events. Until then, enjoy the show below.