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Workshop brings churches, musicians together

First Citywide Gospel Explosion hits Fort Dodge tonight

July 18, 2009
By EMILIE NELSON, Messenger staff writer

Musicians of all backgrounds and faiths will have the opportunity to come together this evening to share music and praise during the first Citywide Gospel Explosion.

The concert, which will take place at Calvary Memorial Church of God in Christ, 1513 10th Ave. SW, will feature the music of 19-year-old gospel musician Thomas Davis Jr. and the Victor Evans family.

Davis, who lived in Fort Dodge until his family moved to Emelle, Ala., when he was 9 years old, is a full-time student at Steelman College in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He has been involved with music in some form since he was a young child, he said, first learning from Fort Dodge resident Jimmie Crooks.

"I was raised in the church," Davis said. "Jimmie got me started on the drums, and music just sprouted for me from there."

Davis is also a member of the Harmonic Brothers, a touring contemporary gospel band comprised of singers ages 16 to 23. The band has traveled and performed over the past year in Columbus, Miss.; Birmingham, Ala. and Chicago, Ill.

"I'd like to get them here to give everyone a chance to see what I have been doing down south," he said.

Fact Box

If you go:

What: Citywide Gospel Explosion Concert

When: 7:30 p.m. tonight

Where: Calvary Memorial Church of God in Christ 1513 10th Ave. S.W.

Cost: Free

Davis has served as a clinician during the workshop along with Victor Evans, who serves as an organist and church musician in Waterloo. Approximately 40-45 youths preregistered for the workshop, which continued this morning with a rehearsal for tonight's performance.

"We had a lot of kids sign up between the two churches," said Jimmie Crooks, minister of music at Second Baptist Church." But the workshop is open to all ages young and old."

The concert will feature a variety musical groups, Crooks said, including the Hat Ladies of Second Baptist, several solo performances by Davis and Evans, church choirs, local instrumentalists, and a mass choir of all workshop participants.

"We're looking to have a really great time," said Crooks. "All are invited to come join us. It will be great fellowship in the name of Jesus."

Contact Emilie Nelson at (515)573-2141 or



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