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Gospelfest 2021 – A Return to the Town Green

by | Sep 7, 2021

The performers of the Zeb Harrison Praise Band were a big hit with Gospelfest attendees. (Bill Giduz photo)


Once again Gospelfest was back on the Town Green as part of the Concerts on the Green series sponsored by the Town.

There were several references to the missed year – missed due to COVID. Several of the performing groups were back for repeat performances. For some – they consider the event a “must do” on their performing schedules.

The performing groups at Gospelfest 2021 were:

  • Torrence Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church Messengers
  • Jonahville A.M.E. Zion Church Men’s Choir
  • Chapel Hill Baptist
  • Gethsemane Baptist Gospel Singers – Davidson
  • Voices of Life Fellowship
  • Zeb Harrison Praise Band

Event emcee Roland Carter took several opportunities to speak bluntly about COVID and urge concert goers to get vaccinated. Many of those in attendance opted to wear masks, even though the event was held outdoors.

COVID protocols were also top of the list for event staff. Between each performing group, event staff used Lysol disinfectant to wipe down microphones and other shared equipment. The one change from previous years, was the lack of performing dance groups. These groups have performed on the brick patio on The Town Green – often performing alongside members of the audience. This year, the audience was separated from the performers – to ensure at least six feet of separation.   

Carter also took time to give a shout out to Town Economic Development Director Kim Fleming and to Davidson resident Ruby Houston. He noted that Gospelfest wouldn’t be possible without their tireless efforts to organize all the details behind the scenes.

If you missed this year’s Gospelfest – please check out the photos and videos of Gospelfest on our website. You’ll be glad you did.  

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