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The Main Stage of Cornerstone.
|Location(s)||Grayslake, Illinois (1984–1990)
Bushnell, Illinois (1990–2012)
|Founded by||Jesus People USA|
|Genre||CCM, rock, metal, punk, pop, rap, folk, electronic, Celtic, country|
Cornerstone Festival was a Christian music festival put on by Jesus People USA and held annually around the 4th of July near Bushnell, Illinois. In a given year, many artists that played at Cornerstone also played at other events such as Creation Festival and mainstream festivals and tours such as the Warped Tour. The final festival was held in 2012.
Cornerstone Festival was a member of the Christian Festival Association.
From 1984 to 1990, Cornerstone (or "C-stone", as many of its attendees call it), was held at the Lake County Fairgrounds near Grayslake, Illinois. In 1991, Cornerstone moved near the town of Bushnell (outside Macomb) where the organizers of the Festival purchased a large piece of land, which is now called "Cornerstone Farm".
Tens of thousands of people attended Cornerstone Farm each year and saw over 300 bands play many styles of music, including rock, metal, punk, hardcore and pop music. In addition to the many musicians, Cornerstone Festival also presented guest speakers, and featured independent/foreign film screenings, writers' seminars, and art workshops.
In its final years, the main Cornerstone Festival took place over five days on multiple stages. Cornerstone was known[by whom?] for its "Evening Encore" performances, latterly simply called "Encores". Encore performances were usually done at or after midnight, and the performers (especially on the later nights of the festival) were among the most popular, most well-established bands in Christian music at the time.
In 2010 the festival's main stage moved to the "Midway", which is about 0.7 miles northeast of its previous location in the "bowl".
The 2011 festival featured a Jesus Rally showcasing many of the groundbreaking Jesus music artists including; Servant, Daniel Amos, Randy Stonehill, Barry McGuire, Resurrection Band, Phil Keaggy, and Classic Petra.
On May 15, 2012 it was announced that the 2012 Festival will be the last.
On July 7, 2012 the final song performed at Cornerstone was "To Bid Farewell" performed by Derri Daugherty and Steve Hindalong of The Choir. Approximately 6,000 people attended Cornerstone 2012.
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