In the wake of the big bluegrass festival in Raleigh last weekend comes a more modest event that will celebrate another form of traditional music.
The Lighthouse Gospel Music Association will host its second annual music convention at Eternal Life Fellowship church this week, with 34 performers from five Southeastern states.
Three days of concerts kick off Thursday and will feature performances by award-winning soloist Shellem Cline, Nashville artists Omega Quartet and Bev Mcann and Friends, among others. Traditional gospel singers will perform along with progressive gospel groups and some country Christian singers.
The association, which has existed for more than 15 years, held its first concert in Lenoir last year and organized monthly concerts in the state this year. Cline, the group’s CEO, said the convention may stay in the Raleigh area, but other cities have already put in bids for next year.
“Our main ultimate goal is to keep Southern gospel music alive,” Cline said. “It’s not going to be a night especially church groups are going to want to miss.”
Eternal Life Fellowship, on South Smithfield Road, can seat about 600 people.
Important times to note:• 7 p.m. Thursday, concerts begin.
• 10 a.m. Friday, Oct 10, 10 a.m., matinee concerts begin; 5 p.m., Lighthouse Gospel Music Association awards.
• 10 a.m. Saturday, matinee concerts begin; 5 p.m., main concert begins.
Tickets are $5 a day or $10 for the weekend in advance; $7 a day or $12 for the weekend at the door. Artist Circle Seating is also available for $7 a day or $14 for all three days.
Music directors are free Thursday, and pastors are free Saturday.
For more information, visit www.lighthousegma.com or call 704-902-1638.