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C'ville Praise Fest - Gospel



Event Type(s): Arts / Theatre / Music
Organization: LIFEview Films& Whittfield Ent.
Description: On Saturday, October 24th, The Charlottesville Praise Fest - A Gospel Concert will visit the Lane Auditorium (Albemarle County Office Building) in memory of Martel “Bubbles” Brooks, a former Charlottesville High School student who had died at a charity basketball game in September at Monticello High School. The event will feature up to ten regional and local gospel groups and hosted by Chucky Hayes of 92.7 FM Total Praise in Morning. This is the first gospel event of this nature to ever visit Charlottesville and the promoters have committed to establishing it as an annual extravaganza. Initially, the Charlottesville Praise Fest was slated as a fundraiser for the American Heart Association (AHA), but with the permission of the AHA's local office, switched to assist the Underwood family (Martel Brook's Parents) with satisfying funeral expenses after the untimely death of their son. Groups including but not limited to the Portico Church Band, Spiritual Harmonizers, Appomattox Community Choir, Unity Choir, Sounds of Faith (Baltimore), M.T. Blessed and Company have all joined aboard to support the cause and more names will be announced soon. The Spiritual Harmonizers were featured on the hit television series, America's Got Talent, leaving Sharon Osborne and the other judges in astonishment. One of the group's members had lost his son a year ago and was eager to support the event. The Praise Fest is more than a gospel concert. Entertainment provided by local and regional talent from as far north as Baltimore, MD, special door prize giveaways, along with the purpose of celebrating life are the ingredients of producing an extravaganza. With such an extensive line-up, refreshments will be served and vendors will be present as an attempt to provide an overall festival atmosphere. The promoters' goal is to showcase up to 10 groups which is the combined numeric total of the date Martel Brooks died - Sept. 19 (1 plus 9 = 10). The purpose of the event is to celebrate life, in particularly the lives of all individuals who have been productive in their respective communities. The Charlottesville Praise Fest Gospel Concert takes place at Lane Auditorium, which is located at 401 McIntire Road in the Albemarle County Office Building on the corner of Preston Avenue. Doors of Lane Auditorium opens at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale for only $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Get them now and save at EcoDry Cleaners (801 West Main Street), Payne's Beauty Supply (Cherry Ave), Plan 9 Music (29N) or online at If you are interested in registering a group to perform if availability remains or would like to be an on-site vendor, call 757-263-0068 or email
Address: 401 MCINTIRE ROAD
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Contact Name: Ty Cooper
Contact Phone: 757-263-0068
Contact Email:
More Info Link:
Date: Saturday, 10/24/2009
Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Time: 10:00 PM
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