Ichthus has a night for locals

Central Kentucky, this one’s for you.

The Ichthus Festival gets started early this year with its ­“Community Night” on Wednesday, featuring ­something of a historic bill: Newsboys and TobyMac.

With Michael Tait stepping up to Newsboys’ lead microphone recently, that show will give the audience two-thirds of the iconic Christian rock trio dc Talk.

“Ichthus has been known as a ­festival that reaches most of the eastern United States for a long time,” Ichthus spokeswoman Tina Pugel said. “We decided we wanted to reach out to our own back yard with a low-cost, one-night experience.”

One-night tickets for the show were $10 until May 31; they are now $20 at the gate. People who have bought a festival pass also will be admitted to the concert.

Pugel said about 3,000 individual tickets have been bought for the event.

Festival organizers want the ­Community Night to help ­charitable organizations in the area and are ­asking participants to bring the ­following donations:

■ For the Hope Center: a sandwich bag filled with shampoo, lotions, razors, lip balm and any toiletry items that will fit.

■ For God’s Pantry: non-perishable food items such as canned goods, ­cereal, soup, macaroni and cheese, flour or money (for every $1 received, God’s Pantry can buy $10 worth of food for those in need).

■ For All God’s Children: diapers (sizes 4 and 5), baby wipes, lotion, paper towels, wrapping paper, pens, laundry detergent, masking tape.

There will be collection barrels at the festival entrance and in the Community Night tent, just inside the festival entrance.

Overall, Pugel said, festival ticket sales are up 60 percent from this time last year. She attributed the surge to a strong lineup of musical acts and ­lower ticket prices. The past several years, full festival adult tickets had been well above $100. This year, ­festival passes started at $69 in December and will be $99 at the gate.

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