Gospel Fest is a longstanding tradition at Sweet Briar, known to draw some of the region’s finest gospel singers and choirs. It has variously been described over the years as a “feast to the ears” and a “joyous, foot-stomping, moving experience” by regular patrons.
This year’s lineup includes Rita Kidd, Scott Zion’s Men’s Chorus, Central Virginia Community Choral Ensemble, New Jerusalem’s Men’s Chorus, Ordained Voices of St. Mary Baptist Church, Pastor Paul Kee of Fellowship Church of Christ, Five Boys of Zion, Bolling Hill Mass Choir and Unique Voices from Morning Star Baptist Church.
Kee says 2011 was his first time participating in the event, but it didn’t feel like it. “I felt at the time as if I had been there before,” he said. “It was an awesome experience.”
Enjoying the gospel music culture is special in itself, Kee said, but it’s also a time to reflect through music.
“The Gospel Fest is an opportunity to celebrate spiritual heritage associated with music as a form of expressing the gospel message in song.”
It is, he said, an “opportunity to celebrate the art of worship.”
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (434) 381-6103.