R.I.P. Cornerstone Festival (1984-2012)
Posted 06 July 2012 - 07:34 PM
I am a 16 year veteran and I think I am going to leave in the next hour to be there the last day. If there was no C-stone '83 then I was at the first and will be at the last.
Posted 09 July 2012 - 07:44 PM
The craziest, and most fitting, event of the week was when a group of people built a longboat, carried it down the main road to the beach, and set it into the lake. Then they set the boat on fire, as a kind of Viking funeral for Cornerstone. The Choir played the last gig of the fest, ending their set with their song "To Bid Farewell," which was a very emotional way to end it all. One speaker at the fest described Cornerstone as "the island of misfit toys", a place for people to find acceptance who don't feel part of the rest of the American Evangelical subculture. That is how I have always thought of Cornerstone, the only place where dorky white guys like me can hang out with Christian punks, metalheads, hippies, goths, comic book geeks, and a lot of other cool crazy folks. Cornerstone will be sorely missed. But I think the spirit of it will live on. Jesus People USA are planning on opening a music venue in north Chicago where they can host shows. Shoot, just with all the talented musicians within JPUSA, they can host a street festival kind of thing. And I hope someone will put on an Imaginarium somewhere.
Posted 16 July 2012 - 03:47 PM
Posted 18 July 2012 - 08:09 PM
Crow, sorry to have missed meeting you yet again. It would have been great to meet up a C-Stone for some conversation. I also caught a flicker of Mike Hertenstein but lost him in the shuffle of the Gallery stage emptying out after morning worship. Would have loved to have caught up with him.
I must say, the final Cornerstone is exactly as it should have been. Intimate. Dusty. A sense of belonging and a sense of lostness. Every moment uttered something special that only comes from a brief connection with a community through the spirit.
Posted 22 October 2012 - 10:50 PM
I snagged the video of the '84 concert the other day. ya! Wish I could have been there. I was looking for work that year after finishing college and not really in a position to do that kind of thing. Then I got a job at U of Oregon and started sharing the gospel on the usenet/internet in '86 and helped with the call for votes to get rec.music.christian ...then became so dispised for calling gossip to account that people probably would have shot me if I ever showed up. lol.
Anyway WHEN did Steve Break his ankle? It wasn't that stage drop during 'meet the press' was it? If so he had an amazing ability to finish the concert with it.
Posted 23 October 2012 - 08:02 AM
Posted 23 October 2012 - 12:45 PM
But I really wanted to go to Cornerstone.
Posted 23 October 2012 - 06:18 PM
Posted 24 October 2012 - 06:17 AM