Among the artists slated to appear are: Vicki Yohe, Pure Springs Gospel recording artist, will sing her hit single "Because of Who You Are" and additional songs; Keith "Wonderboy" Johnson, a Stellar Award winner, will offer a tribute to Thomas A. Dorsey, acclaimed as the Father of Gospel Music, with renditions including Dorsey's popular "Take My Hand, Precious Lord". Dorsey, originally a very popular secular jazz musician, created a new form of music he coined "gospel" after the tragic death of his wife and son during childbirth.
Additional entertainers performing at this year's Norristown Gospel, Jazz & Blues Festival include: Latrel Maloy, Mary Moore, Paul King Latham, Markaan Smith, and also local artists The Bailout Adult Jazz Ensemble and Easy Does It.
12 p.m.: Welcome, introductions, history of gospel music, performances by local talent
1 p.m.: Blues and jazz groups perform
2 p.m.: Performances by Vicki Yohe, Keith "Wonderboy" Johnson, 200-voice Combined Choir of Norristown
4 p.m.: Mixture of music
For up to date information or queries about the Gospel Jazz & Blues Festival log onto www.mlkstat.com or call (973)332-7626. For Information regarding past and future Bicentennial events log onto www.norristown200.com.
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