A group of business people, pastors, representatives of the visitors bureau, and others in Morgantown, W.Va., put their heads together recently and came to a conclusion.
“Everyone thought it was time to bring some inspiration to the area,” says Susan Alston Johnson, who is promoting the festival.
The result is the first-ever “SoulFuel WV” inspirational music and family festival, July 22–24, which is being presented by the Greater Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau and produced by Alston Group Inc.
Five nationally known stars in the world of contemporary Christian music will perform on multiple stages in Morgantown.
Christian music can include many styles, including pop, rock, folk, reggae, hip-hop, and heavy metal.
The festival lineup includes Mary Mary, a chart-topping sister-duo who have won three Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, an NAACP Image Award, and a BET Award; Crowder, a multiple Dove Award winner; Martha Munizzi, a Dove and Stellar Award winner and Grammy and Soul Train Award nominee; and American Idol Season 11 Top 10 finalist Colton Dixon. Biographies and videos of the award-winning artists are available on the festival’s website, soulfuelwv.com.
Entertainment also includes regional bands, adult and children’s ecumenical chorales, a dance troupe, a talent show, retail and food vendors, workshops, and a 5K inflatables course.
Friday and Saturday performances will be at Mylan Park and the Sunday show will be at the Ruby McClain Amphitheater.
Part of the proceeds from the event will go to the Chestnut Mountain Ranch, a residential program for boys in crisis.
Tickets are available through the website and are $42.99 for adults and $32.49 for ages 10 to 20.
Organizers expect 10,000 attendees at what will become an annual event.
What: SoulFuel WV
When: July 22–24
Where: Morgantown, W.Va.
Tickets/info: 304-282-3037, soulfuelwv.com