By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Special Interest | Issue: July 2011
Tulsa-based Stars Go Dim will perform at this year’s Rockets Over RHEMA.
Are you looking for a fun way to celebrate Independence Day? Head out to RHEMA Bible College this Sunday, July 3 for Rockets Over RHEMA 2011. In addition to an incredible fireworks show, there will be plenty to do for the whole family. A stellar musical lineup includes Hawk Nelson, Fireflight, Stars Go Dim and The Axis Worship Band. Rockets Over RHEMA gets better and more popular each year; last year’s attendance exceeded 50,000 people.
Kicking off at 5 p.m., visitors can enjoy a patriotic tribute in the RHEMA Bible Church Auditorium in celebration of our nation’s freedom. Beginning at 6 p.m., you’ll find something for everyone outdoors. Children will enjoy inflatable games, face painting, and the temporary tattoo stations posted around the campus. The young (and young at heart) can test their ability to hang on to a mechanical bull and scale a rock climbing wall.
If you’d rather look than participate, a car show will feature antique vehicles from the ’20s and ’30s, along with custom-built hot rods, racing cars and motorcycles.
When your stomach starts growling during the excitement, plenty of concessions will be on hand to enjoy. From hot dogs and hamburgers to corn dogs, funnel cakes, popcorn, cotton candy, and snow cones, no one has to go hungry.
A great lineup of merchants will showcase their goods in booths and tents near the stage. Some will even offer free prizes and giveaways. The concert will begin around 6:30 p.m. and features music the entire family can enjoy.
Hawk Nelson is a Christian rock band from Peterborough, Ontario. The group has become very popular in the Christian music scene and was voted “Favorite New Artist” by CCM Magazine in their February 2006 Reader’s Choice Awards. That year, Hawk Nelson won a number one spot on VH1’s top-20 video countdown with “The One Thing I Have Left” music video. They’ve recorded five studio albums. The guys of Hawk Nelson admit that they could jump around, rock out, and call it a day, but they believe in a purpose greater than the music: to know the love of God and be that love to people everywhere.
Fireflight, a Christian rock band formed in Florida, has been nominated for a Grammy Award and multiple Dove Awards. “We pray earnestly that God will give us good songs that will be able to help people,” says lead singer Dawn Michele. “And He’s come through for us, especially in our weakest moments. That’s when we’ve really gotten the best stuff. We try to show people God’s love, and you just can’t do that unless you care about them.”
Even from its genesis, Tulsa-based pop act Stars Go Dim has set itself apart from its peers. An aggressive online networking campaign, which documented the band’s formation, established a loyal following at the outset. The campaign was quickly complemented by a trio of singles which were awarded a host of accolades, culminating in the CMT Listener’s Choice Songwriter’s Award in the summer of 2009. Most recently the group won “Best Pop/Rock Band” honors in the 2009 “Absolute Best of Tulsa” Music Awards.
The AXIS Worship Band leads worship for AXIS Youth Ministries of RHEMA Bible Church. They have released three albums since 2006: “i believe: the album,” “Hero,” and in 2010, “The Power of Your Love.” The band’s goal is not only to lead young people into God’s presence, but also to help youth groups and churches form their own youth bands.
When the concert comes to an end, the grand finale fireworks show will begin around 10 p.m. Grab a blanket, a lawn chair, or just sit on the grass and watch one of the largest fireworks displays in the Tulsa and Broken Arrow area. Rockets Over RHEMA 2011 is an event you don’t want to miss!
Sponsors for Rockets Over RHEMA 2011 include 89.1 Air1 Radio, Kum & Go, Daniels & Daniels Construction, Southwestern Christian University, Danny Beck Chevrolet, K-Love Christian Radio, Broken Arrow Convention & Visitors Bureau, 7Up RC Bottling Company, Shaw Homes, Incredible Pizza Company and Oklahoma Central Credit Union. For more info, visit
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.