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Asbury University Admissions showed off Asbury gear during River Rock Kentucky last weekend.

WILMORE, Ky. — For decades, Asbury University has been a key partner for Christian music in Wilmore. Last weekend, that tradition continued as Asbury sponsored River Rock Kentucky, a new music festival featuring artists like Jeremy Camp, Hawk Nelson, Jasmine Murray, Danny Gokey and many more. Asbury’s sponsorship of River Rock Kentucky was an investment in community, in Christian music, and most importantly, in worship. View photo gallery below!

Held at Servant Heart Farm (formerly the Ichthus Farm), River Rock drew Asbury students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the local community and Christian music fans from across the U.S. Morgan Newton ’17, an Asbury Theatre & Cinema Performance major, says River Rock was a time of expectation as festival-goers prayed for God to change hearts through worship. 

“I was excited to see God let loose in a way that people didn’t expect him to — for bondage to be broken, for freedom to and for people to allow the Lord to move,” Newton said.

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Former “American Idol” contestant Danny Gokey was one of River Rock Kentucky’s featured artists.

In addition to sponsoring the event, Asbury’s Media Communication department provided technical support, giving students hands-on experience producing a live event. Learn more about Asbury’s Media Communication program!

For some fans, River Rock Kentucky was their first Christian music concert. For others, it was a return to a long-beloved venue. Dave Charlton, who now plays with the Louisville-based Christian band Hush Harbor, made many musical memories in Wilmore in years past. As an artist at River Rock, he was excited not just to listen, but to lead.

“I saw the Newsboys here on their first-ever American tour,” Charlton said. “I know that’s dating myself a little bit, but to actually come and play where I spent so many years and watched some of my favorite artists was an amazing experience.” 

River Rock Kentucky is over, but many fans are already planning to attend next year’s event (Sept. 14-15). Tammy Underwood left this note on River Rock Kentucky’s Facebook page:

“This was my first year attending, but it sure won’t be my last. It was such a beautiful experience to be praising and worshiping our Lord with so many. The bands were absolutely awesome. The best way to sum it up is ‘my cup runneth over.’ Thank you for such a beautiful experience. I will definitely be back next year.”