WGCA to sponsor MIXFest, offer free concert as part of celebration

Posted: May. 16, 2013 11:28 am Updated: May. 30, 2013 12:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

Quincy contemporary Christian radio station WGCA will punctuate what has been a year-long celebration of its 25th anniversary by hosting "MIXFest" June 15 at Upper Moorman Park.

The event will feature an afternoon of family-oriented fun, ending with a free concert featuring national recording artists For King and Country, plus the Corners, a group headquartered in Hannibal, Mo.

Maxine Rice, associate director of WGCA, also known as "The Mix," said the event is a way to say "thank you" to the region for supporting the station.

"We hope to create a family-centered atmosphere," she said. "It's also Father's Day weekend. What better way to spend the day?"

MIXFest will start at 3 p.m., with the concert getting under way about 5:30. There will be food vendors, jump houses and carnival-type games before the concert.

"We're working with local churches to have booths there," Rice said. "We think this will be an exciting time."

For King and Country was one of Billboard magazine's "Artists to Watch" in 2012 and has been a frequent guest on network television, including "The Tonight Show" on NBC and "Huckabee" on Fox.

For King and Country's music was recently featured on the History Channel's "The Bible" series, and has also been heard on programs such as "Vampire Diaries" and "Drop Dead Diva."

The Corners feature the talents of Andy Rhea, Jayson Lindley, Jeremy DeLaPorte and Chance Woodard. The indie rock band describes itself as "rowdy folk ... heavy-handed beats with sincere lyrics that will demand your attention."

"This an opportunity to celebrate what God has done in our community over the past 25 years," Rice said.

The concert will be lawn seating, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. No coolers or alcohol will be permitted.

For more information about MIXFest, call WGCA at (217) 224-9422, or email