Event Information

  • Sat
    01
    Aug
    2015

    Rock My Soul Gospel Concert During Yankee Homecoming

    Noon

    Belleville Congregational Church
    300 High St
    Newburyport MA

    [two_third spacing="yes" last="no" background_color="#ffffff" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" background_position="left top" border_size="0px" border_color="" border_style="solid" padding="" class="" id=""]Rock My Soul in concertJoin Rock My Soul for a soul-stirring, "raise the rafters" Saturday afternoon gospel concert as part of this year's Yankee Homecoming celebrations in Newburyport, MA. The show starts at noon and will take place at the Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High St, Newburyport MA. Due to the group's popularity, advance reservations are recommended, but tickets will also be available at the door if seats haven't sold out. Doors open at 11:30 am.

    Rock My Soul's repertoire has the immediacy and soulfulness of the old-time, "golden age" American gospel sound it seeks to revive, and includes songs ranging from the Negro spirituals of the 1700s to the contemporary rootsy gospel of Ruthie Foster and the timeless soulfulness of the Staples Singers. Along the way, listeners are also treated to Civil Rights songs, favorite hymns, and "crossover" songs such as "Oh, Happy Day," which was the first gospel song to break into the Billboard Top 40 charts.

    For this special Yankee Homecoming performance, the group will be debuting several new songs, including a stirring arrangement of "What Wondrous Love Is This," rousing renditions of  "Said I Wasn't Gonna Tell Nobody" and Sister Rosetta Tharpe's signature song "Up Above My Head," as well as a couple of well-known surprises.

    "Whether someone goes to church or not, chances are gospel music has given them sustenance and comfort at some point in their life," says Dawn Boyer, Choir Director. "Many of us sing songs like 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot' and have no idea where they came from or why those who sang them had such an impact. For instance, Sister Rosetta Tharpe was actually the first rock 'n roll guitarist, as well as the first 'crossover' artist from gospel to the top 40 charts.  Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley were all influenced by her. There's a lot of rich history in American music, and all rock 'n roll, blues, hip hop, jazz, and other popular music is based on gospel. We like to show that close connection."
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    Tickets Available at the Door for $15
    Kids 12 & Under Free
    Doors Open at 11:30 am [/one_third]