Some of the Biggest Names in Gospel Music will headline the Juneteenth Gospel Music Fest to be held Sat., June 18 in Wichita. All Legends in their own right who could pack a church or stadium, this program brings together four great acts: the Rance Allen Group, Dorothy Norwood, Charles Ellington and two members of the 1st Family of Gospel Music, the Winans. The concert concludes a day-full of family fun that includes a carnival and food vendors held all on the grounds of EastSide Cathedral of Praise, 5955 E. 29th St., N., Wichita (Not McAdams Park).
Tickets to the Juneteenth Gospelfest are $15 for children and $25 for adults. VIP tickets with upfront seating are $33. Tickets are available at: Music and More, 2429 E. 13th St. N., Barfield’s Boutique, 1907 E. 21st. St. N., P&P Seed and Bait, 1901 E. 21st St. N., and Saint Mark UMC, 1525 N. Lorraine. To charge tickets by phone or for group sales, call 316-409-5171 or 871-1404.
Tickets can also be purchase online. Click here to purchase tickets online.
This is an outdoor event, so bring your lawn chair, come early and enjoy the holiday weekend. There will be activities for children, food vendors, and lots of praise worthy Gospel. The concerts begin at 3 p.m.
Parking is available at Jackson Elementary School (29th and Woodlawn) and the WSU Metroplex (29th and Oliver). Shuttle service from parking to the concert will be available throughout the day.
Vickie Winans will serve as MC or the concert and perform. Her son Marvin Winans, Jr., a part of the third generation of Winans, and Charles Ellington of Lawton, OK, will also perform. began singing with his cousins as “Winans Phase 2.” Dorothy Norwood, known as “The World’s Greatest Storyteller,” began her gospel career in 1956, singing with Mahalia Jackson, Reverent James Cleveland, and with one of the greatest female gospel groups of all time, the Caravans. She launched her solo career in 1960, and for nearly ever year of her professional career singing gospel music, Norwood has recorded an album. In 50 years, Norwood has continued to top Gospel Charts, earn gold albums status and receive accolades and recognition including induction into the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
The Rance Allen Group is another Gospel Legend. The Allen Brothers, Rance, Tom, and Steve have been recording and performing together for 40 years. Their sacred, secular music fusion, harmonies, lyrical messages of faith and Rance’s stratospheric falsetto have made them standout as one of the most dynamic groups in music. In the earlier years, the group made a name for themselves with cross over hits such as “Jump My Salvation,” a consecrated cover of the Temptations “Just My Imagination.”
Although their sound has evolved over the years, the group still stands out with their soulful and jazzy sound that continues to win over fans.
Gospelfest is sponsored jointly by A Talent Showcase Production and Family Friend Outreach. Last fall, Dwight Rolfe of A Talent Showcase, brought a Festival of Praise to Wichita. The event is a fundraiser for W.D Martin’s Family Friend Outreach, a non-profit that assists homeless veterans.
Vendor spaces are available. For vendor information, go to www.familyfriendsoutreach.com or call 316-871-1404.