Kingdom Bound is back for its 12th annual Christian festival starting Wednesday and running through Saturday at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center. In addition to Christian speakers, athletes and religious seminars, contemporary Christian music will be in the spotlight. Nearly 60 musical acts will be featured, including national and local performers. Darlene Zschech, from Sydney, Australia, will be featured Wednesday night. She sings what is called worship music and has two top-selling albums, "Shout To The Lord" and "All Things Are Possible." Ron Kenoly also performs Wednesday. Christian rock will be on display Thursday with the Newsboys as well as two other acts, Delirious and the ska band, the Supertones. Pop star Michael W. Smith, who has won Grammy and Dove Awards, appears next Friday evening. Smith is known for such songs "My Place In This World" and "Love Me Good." Also on the bill with Smith are Southern rockers Third Day and Rebecca St. James, whose sound and style has been compared to Alanis Morissette. Gospel singer Alvin Slaughter will appear next Saturday night. Also singing on that date are country performer Marty Raybon, Jaci Velasquez and 4Him. Steven Curtis Chapman, one of the biggest names in contemporary Christian music, will close out the festival in style. Many other acts will perform on the festival's five stages, including local oldies rocker Big Wheelie; Dez Dickerson, former guitarist with Prince, and such Christian rock acts as Hokus Pick, Miranda Stone and Skillet. For information call Kingdom Bound Ministries at 633-1117.
-- Anthony Violanti