GOSPEL AND GULLAH IN GEORGETOWN
Legendary Artists headline Georgetown cultural festival
GEORGETOWN, S.C. March 2, 2016 – A lineup of celebrated talent joins Gospel and Gullah in Georgetown’s 2016 festival (GGG). The festival’s finale concert will be headlined by seven-time Grammy-nominee John P. Kee. The legendary gospel music singer will be joined by New Life Choir on March 12 at Pawleys Island Community Church in a concert benefiting The Mitney Project.
Kee, also known as the “Prince of Gospel” is the one of several featured artists in the GGG festival which shines the spotlight on high-caliber national and international praise music talent and area Gullah artisans. “We are honored Pastor Kee is willing to share his musical gifts to support Mitney’s work,” says Mitney’s executive director, Leslie Di Mitri. “His own work with inner city youths is a testament to his commitment to uplifting underprivileged communities. His mission, reputation and message make him the ideal artist for GGG’s biggest show. This Georgetown visit is historic. Don’t miss it.”
Art Gilliard is another distinguished talent to be featured at GGG 2016. Gilliard, Founding Artistic Director of Charleston’s storied Art Forms & Theater Concepts company, will direct the Obie-winning play, Crowns by Regina Taylor at Winyah Auditorium on March 11 at 8pm. The Crowns cast includes some of Georgetown’s best new and established stage performers, such as Princess Shropshire, a graduate of the Governor’s School, now a Drama major at Coastal University.
Internationally renowned Gullah storyteller Carolyn “Jabulile” White will offer a night of humorous stories and anecdotes told in the Gullah language in a supper club setting at Mitney Center on March 11 at 6pm. Supper attendees will enjoy Ms. White’s stories, a traditional clean-comedy routine by noted local comedienne, Glenda Cox and a home-cooked Gullah meal.
The critically-acclaimed documentary film, Rejoice and Shout, by director Don McGlynn will be screened at the Georgetown branch of the Georgetown Public Library on March 11 at 2pm and 4pm. Tracing 200 years of the history of Gospel music, the film showcases performances by some of the biggest recording artists in history, like Mahalia Jackson, Smokey Robinson and The Blind Boys of Alabama.
Festival events take place on March 11 & 12 at various locations.Ticket prices range from free to $35 at the door. A limited number of free seats are available to active duty and veteran military personnel. Festival proceeds benefit The Mitney Project, a local community development organization serving Georgetown’s disadvantaged residents. For tickets and information, visit www.gospelgeorgetown.com or call (843) 546-7900.