NOW IN ITS 22ND YEAR, Atlanta Fest has emerged as one of the Southeast's biggest and best Christian music festivals, attracting 5,000 people last year. Relocated to Stone Mountain Park from Six Flags, this year's festival will include seminars on Christian living, Bible studies, a multimedia "Prayer Path," Christian karaoke and a talent search. But the biggest draw will be more than 40 contemporary Christian musical acts playing on four stages over the course of three days. Here are some highlights:
• TOBY MAC. With his "Tiger Beat" looks and hip-hop-influenced rock sound, this charismatic star of the new "Alive and Transported" DVD comes off like a Christian cross between Justin Timberlake and 311. 8 p.m. June 19.
• SHANE & SHANE. The duo's minor-key melodies, combined with a stripped-down live set and yearning vocal harmonies, recall the sound of Nickel Creek's poppier material. 9:30 p.m. June 19.
• JEREMY CAMP. Edgy and emotive, with a rich, booming baritone that recalls Chris Cornell at his most soulful, Camp could pass for newly crowned "American Idol" David Cook in a blind test. 9:30 p.m. June 20.
• BARLOWGIRL. Three gorgeous girls, impeccable vocal harmonies and songs that veer from the acoustic to the anthemic? Yep, BarlowGirl is contemporary Christian music's answer to the Dixie Chicks. 7:30 p.m. June 20.
• CASTING CROWNS. Led by singer-songwriter and pastor Mark Hall, this local Grammy-winning group had the biggest Christian rock tour last year, buoyed by No. 1 hits "East to West" and "Every Man." Think Nickelback, with a positive moral message. 9:30 p.m. June 21.
• THE 411: Atlanta Fest. $45 per day, $80 for two days or $90 for three. 10 a.m.-1 a.m. June 19-20, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. June 21. Stone Mountain Park, U.S. 78 East, Stone Mountain. 1-800-783-8839, www.atlantafest.com. • Map it and review it
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