Lifelight Music Festival will be here before you know it, August 29th-31st on the festival grounds just south of Sioux Falls near Worthing, SD.  Although Lifelight is free, there are some changes with admission.  You need to go online to get your free tickets before attending.  This year, you have the opportunity to purchase a VIP pass, which gets you closer to the stage and even backstage.  From hard rock, hip hop, rap to soft ballads, there is certainly music to match what you love.  Get to know a few of the headlining artists here:

The band Skillet drew one of the biggest crowds at Lifelight a couple of years ago.  They're back again and its gonna be loud!

You may know Michael W. Smith from his ballad Friends, which was sung at many weddings back in the 80's. Get to know his music today:

If you watch American Idol, you already know Colton Dixon.  He placed #7 from season eleven.

These artists are just the beginning.  With 5 stages, there's too many artists and bands to mention here.  The entire schedule reveals all the shows you can take in.

My personal experience at Lifelight runs deep.  I've known directors Alan and Vicki Greene for over 25 years and they are the real deal.  They used to pour everything they had into booking an artist back in the 80s at a Sioux Falls venue, cover all the details of the event and then book another concert.  This is truly their passion. Seeing the growth of Lifelight couldn't have happened to a better group of people in my opinion.

The south grounds of the Lifelight Festival used to be the Stratmeyer Family's farm...good friends with many visits to their place.  As kids we'd play in the grove, collect eggs, watch calves being born and harvest from the garden.  Words cannot describe how it feels to be on that farm again and seeing concerts in the barn where we used to chase the cats and jump in the hayloft.  Its a full circle spiritual experience that I savor every year.

Whether you're familiar with the music or not, its definitely worth your time to come to Lifelight to hear the music, visit the many exhibit booths, and maybe make a new friend while you're there too.