Concert. Live Theater. Comedy. Film. History. Details Below:
Known as the "Prince of Gospel Music", gospel legend and seven-time Grammy-nominee, John P. Kee together with New Life Choir light up the night as the headline artist for this year's finale concert. The evening will be a joyous celebration featuring top-tier praise music talent. Opening the concert will be the highly-regarded and gifted North Carolina recording artist and music historian, Mary D. Williams, whose music often leaves crowds "speechless" says the Sanford Herald.
Carolyn "Jabulie" White is a native Charlestonian and Gullah language speaker whose remarkable gift for storytelling has kept crowds enthralled from TED talks in the U.S. to across the globe to South Africa. In this Gospel and Gullah in Georgetown premier event, she will share humorous stories and anecdotes in a supper club setting. Her performance will be followed by a traditional stand-up routine by Georgetown's own "Queen of Clean" comedy, Ms. Glenda Cox. Admission includes a delicious home-cooked meal by Legacy Decor served to attendees during the show.
Called "rich and varied" by the New York Times, “Crowns” is a powerful, moving and celebratory Obie-winning musical play which explores the themes of individuality and identity, culture and history using hats as a revelatory vehicle. This Georgetown premier production is under the direction of celebrated Charleston theater director Art Gilliard, and showcases some of Georgetown's best new and established talents. Starring (in alphabetical order):
Gloria Barr Ford, Victorius Graham,
Kelis Herriott, Sophia Jackson, James Shackleford, Princess Shropshire and Shakeyna Smith.
About the play: Crowns follows the experience of an aloof teenager forced to move to South Carolina from her home in New York following a tragic event. By telling and singing vivid tales in this coming of age story, a cast of colorful characters takes her on a journey through ancient traditions to the present day, illuminating both the grit and beauty of Southern culture.
left: comedienne, Glenda Cox
The critically-acclaimed film REJOICE & SHOUT covers 200 years of musical history of African-American Christianity, featuring the legends of Gospel music, including The Staple Singers, The Clara Ward Singers, The Dixie Hummingbirds, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Culled from hundreds of hours of music, tracing the evolution of gospel music through its many styles – the spirituals and early hymns, the four-part harmony-based quartets, the integration of blues and swing, the emergence of “soul,” and the blending of rap and hip-hop elements. It connects the history of African-American culture with gospel as it first impacted popular culture at large and captures so much of what is special about this music and African-American Christianity. Director: Don McGlynn.