The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts will celebrate Labor Day weekend with a Gospel music festival. Concerts will begin at 7:00 PM on both Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4. Saturday’s concert will feature The Inspirations and The Primitive Quartet, and Sunday’s concert will feature The Inspirations and The McKameys. Ticket prices start at $10.
The Inspirations have sold over one million records, chartered more than 60 hit songs, and have been awarded numerous Singing News Fan Awards. Based out of Bryson City, this awardwinning Southern Gospel group includes: Mike Holcomb, Jon Epley, David Ragan, Jodi Hosterman, Martin Cook, Myron Cook, and Luke Vaught.
The Primitive Quartet has performed together for 38 years. Their old-time Southern Gospel music features four-part harmony and instruments such as the mandolin, banjo, fiddle, guitar, and acoustic bass. They are based out of Chandler, but travel approximately 50,000 miles each year spreading the gospel through song. Quartet and band members include: brothers, Reagan, Larry, and Mike Riddle; Randy Fox; Norman Wilson; and Jeff Tolbert.
The McKameys are a professional Southern Gospel group based out of Clinton, Tennessee. They preform approximately 150 days a year and travel all over North American. They have had 24 number one singles and in 1999, were honored by their record label, Horizon, for having the most number one hits in the history of Gospel Music. They have also been awarded several Singing News Fan Awards, and lead vocal, Peg McKamey Bean, has been named Favorite Female Vocalist seven times. Group members include: Peg McKamey Bean; her husband, Ruben Bean; and their daughters, Connie Fortner and Sheryl Farris; Connie’s husband, Roger Fortner; and their son, Eli Fortner.
To purchase tickets to any performance at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, to get more information, or to see a schedule of coming events, go to GreatMountainMusic.com or call 866.273.4615.