Cornerstone Festival

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Cornerstone Festival
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The Main Stage of Cornerstone.
GenreCCM, rock, metal, punk, pop, rap, folk, electronic, Celtic, country, hardcore
Location(s)Grayslake, Illinois (1984–1990)
Bushnell, Illinois (1990–2012)
Years active1984–2012
Founded byJesus People USA

Cornerstone Festival was a Christian music festival put on by Jesus People USA and held annually around July 4 near Bushnell, Illinois, drawing some 20,000 attendees each year.[1] 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.[2]

Cornerstone Festival was a member of the Christian Festival Association.


From 1984 to 1990, Cornerstone was held at the Lake County Fairgrounds near Grayslake, Illinois.[citation needed] 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".[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] In addition to the many musicians, Cornerstone Festival also presented guest speakers, and featured independent/foreign film screenings, writers' seminars, and art workshops.[3][4]

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".[5]

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.[6][7]

On May 15, 2012 it was announced that the 2012 Festival would be the last.[8] The final song performed at Cornerstone, on July 7, 2012, was "To Bid Farewell" performed by Derri Daugherty and Steve Hindalong of The Choir.[9]


  • Young, Shawn David, "Hippies, Jesus Freaks, and Music" (Ann Arbor: Xanedu/Copley Original Works, 2005). ISBN 1-59399-201-7


  1. ^ Mark Moring (May 25, 2011). "Christianity Today Entertainment Blog: Jesus Rally Planned for Cornerstone". Archived from the original on August 6, 2011. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  2. ^ "Cornerstone Festival 2012 :: Special Announcement". June 30, 2011. Retrieved July 14, 2012.
  3. ^ Bushnell, Il [Yya] (July 20, 2011). "News - CORNERSTONE 2011: Sharing the Fullness of Christ at Cornerstone Music Festival". OCA. Retrieved May 16, 2014.
  4. ^ Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music: Pop, Rock, and Worship: Pop ... - Google Books. Retrieved May 16, 2014 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ "Cornerstone Festival 2010 :: 10 Things You Need To Know About Cornerstone". Archived from the original on July 15, 2010. Retrieved July 10, 2010.
  6. ^ Trott, Jon (May 26, 2012). "Cornerstone Festival "Jesus Rally" Celebrates 40 Years of the Jesus Movement". Archived from the original on May 17, 2014. Retrieved May 16, 2014.
  7. ^ Mark Moring (May 25, 2011). "Christianity Today Entertainment Blog: Jesus Rally Planned for Cornerstone". Archived from the original on August 6, 2011. Retrieved May 16, 2014.
  8. ^ "A Special Announcement From Cornerstone Festival". Facebook. Retrieved May 16, 2012.
  9. ^ Becky (July 8, 2012). "Saturday – quick |". Retrieved May 16, 2014.

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