|Stained Glass Bluegrass weekend returns to Gulf Shores|
February 7, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - Lovers of Bluegrass gospel music can indulge their passion at the eighth annual Stained Glass Bluegrass festival beginning Thursday, Feb. 20 through Sunday, Feb. 23 at Gulf Shores United Methodist Church, 1900 Gulf Shores Parkway.
Tickets at $15 are available at Thee Coffee Shop located in Building B on the south campus of the church (Winn Dixie Shopping Plaza) Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-noon. All concerts will be held in the GSUMC sanctuary. Thursday through Saturday concerts are at 7 p.m.; the Sunday concert is at 2:30 p.m. All concert proceeds support the music ministry of the church.
This year’s festival features Valley Road, The Sandspur Band, Al Rawls, The Wayfarers, Winky Hicks & Frontier Bluegrass, Hillspring Drive, and The McPherson Family Band.
Valley Road, from Alexandria has a great time picking good bluegrass music while keeping Christian family values at the forefront. They are a talented, gospel-singing group who also play an unusual variety of instruments.
The Sandspur Band is a nurturing ministry of Gulf Shores United Methodist Church since 2002. The band takes gospel music into homes of shut-ins, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and churches throughout Alabama.
Al Rawls is a tradition for the Stained Glass Bluegrass concert. From Fairhope, he once served as minister of music for GSUMC. A cancer survivor and now retired, he brings his deep-rooted gospel music and piano talents to the concert.
The Wayfarers formed in late 2000 as a backup band for a singer in the church. During the past 13 years, their sound evolved into a folk/bluegrass sound. They perform at festivals and churches by invitation.
Winky Hicks and the Frontier Bluegrass are gospel singers from Chatom. Prior to starting Frontier Bluegrass, Winky played for Marty Stuart, Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs.
Hillspring Drive began three years ago and has roots to the Chestang Family band of McIntosh. They grew up with Bluegrass music and enjoy spreading the Gospel through their music.
The McPherson Family Band began a little more than 17 years ago to spread the gospel through music. Their ministry has taken them to churches and bluegrass festivals in Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Texas and many local congregations in Baldwin and Mobile counties.
Attend one or all of these heart-warming, toe-tapping, wish-you-could-sing-along Stained Glass Bluegrass festival. For more information about this concert or other events at GSUMC, call the church office at 251-968-2411 or visit the website at Gulf Shores United Methodist online. The public is always welcome at GSUMC.