July 22 & 23 MLK Park & Canal Side

GospelFest Celebrates 31st Year of Showcasing Gospel Music 

Over 30 choirs and praise dance ministries will highlight this summer’s GospelFest July 22 and 23. Now in its 31st year, the spirited event will take place on Saturday, July 22 in Martin Luther King Park from 2 to 9 p.m. and on Sunday, July 23 at Canalside from 4 to 8 p.m.

The purpose of GOSPELFEST is to bring communities together regardless of race, color, religion or ethnic backgrounds, and showcase gospel artists, local and National, while teaching the value and art of all genre of gospel music that gives honor and praises to God!

National recording artist Melvin Williams of the renowned Stellar Award winning Williams Brothers will headline the impressive list of performers which will include Sonz of Thunder of Detroit Michigan, Frederick Smith of Boston Mass., and Paul Collins and Anointed Detra of Detroit. Also: Joe Wynn, Gospel Shoes Singers, God’s Inspiration, Men In White, Psalmist Keisha Jacobs, Psalmist Annette Williams, Wondering Five, Oldies But Goodies, Erika Mitchell praise Dance Ministry, Sanctified Flow, Domonique Sier’re, Yadah (band), Eddie Payne, Marshall Badger & Angel Vox, Unity Baptist Choir, The City Wide Choir under the direction of Bessie Patterson, 2nd Baptist Music Ministry, L.A. Connection, J. Prince, Delvan Peyton, State Tabernacle Youth Choir, and Delivered.

 Canalside Participating churches include Pastor Jacqueline Ross Brown and the New Covenant Church of Christ, Bishop Darius G. Pridgen and True Bethel Full Gospel Church, Rev. William Gillison and Mt. Olive Baptist Church, and Bishop James Bowman and Antioch HolinessChurch. 

Admission to Goepelfest is free and is sponsored in part by M&T Bank, Councilman Darius G. Pridgen, Mayo Byron Brown, GBUAHN, Lombardo Funeral Home, UNYTS, Councilman Rasheed Wyatt, Councilman UlyseesWingo Senator Tim Kennedy, Legislator Barbara Williams, Legislator Betty Jean Grant Afraican Cultural Center, Wegmans Foods, ECMC Medical Center, the Healthcare Education Project, the Buffalo Criterion and the Challenger Community News.

 For vendor information call Mary Vance-Boyd at (716)773-7203.

Bessie Patterson is Gospelfest coordinator.