Complete with fireworks, the eighth annual Arkansas Delta Gospel festival was a big hit.  Show stoppers included Dorothy Norwood and the Canton Spirituals and follow-up performances Billy Rivers & The Angelic Voices of Faith, Daniel "Slick" Ballinger, Lemmie Battles, the Rev. Andrew Cheairs & The Songbirds, The District Two Choir, The Brown Singers, Pastor Cedric Hayes and Gloryland Choir, The Selvy Singers, Angie Pretlow, The Mellowtones, The Heartmen Quartet, Gzosh, The Cork Singers, Kyle Miller, The Sons of Wonder, The Lord's Creation, The Jonestown Crusaders, Deitric Jones & Chosen, The Voices of Joy, The Myles Family as well as local favorites, the show was unbeatable.  The free festival, a production of the Delta Cultural Center , featured live musical performances throughout the day and evening by national, regional, and local gospel acts along with vendors represented by local and regional churches.

The humidity had numerous hand held fans waving in the crowd that attended the Eighth annual Arkansas Delta Gospel Festival Saturday. Coupled with performances by gospel favorites Dorothy Norwood and the Canton Spirituals and follow-up performances Billy Rivers & The Angelic Voices of Faith, Daniel "Slick" Ballinger, Lemmie Battles, the Rev. Andrew Cheairs & The Songbirds, The District Two Choir, The Brown Singers, Pastor Cedric Hayes and Gloryland Choir, The Selvy Singers, Angie Pretlow, The Mellowtones, The Heartmen Quartet, Gzosh, The Cork Singers, Kyle Miller, The Sons of Wonder, The Lord's Creation, The Jonestown Crusaders, Deitric Jones & Chosen, The Voices of Joy, The Myles Family as well as local favorites, the show was unbeatable. The free festival, a production of the Delta Cultural Center , featured live musical performances throughout the day and evening by national, regional, and local gospel acts along with vendors represented by local and regional churches. The grand finale was a Memorial Day weekend fireworks display downtown along the levy which was sponsored by the city's Advertising & Promotion Commission.

Being part of a choir was a big hit and allowed the crowd to sing-a-long with their favorite spitual tune.

On Saturday, June 7, the DCC will present another free festival - the Third Annual Mother's Best Music Fest, featuring bluesmen Michael Powers and West Helena native Lonnie Shields. Events are slated at the Cherry Street Pavilion from noon to 9:30 p.m. Admission to the festival, presented by the Delta Cultural Center , is free; the public is welcome and warmly encouraged to attend.

Also performing at Mother's Best will be Chicago-based Dave Riley and Delta blues great Sam Carr, guitarist Sterling Billingsley, the old-time music of the Skirtlifters, Steve Cheseborough, the rhythm and blues of James "Gone For Good" Morgan, K.M. Williams & Washboard Jackson (formerly Trainreck), Delta rockabilly great C.W. Gatlin, the rhythm and blues and jazz of Live Soul, featuring saxophonist Phillip Stackhouse, and the crowd-pleasing Live Wire Band.

For more information on DCC events and exhibits, interested persons can call the Delta Cultural Center at (870)-338-4350 or toll free at (800)-358-0972 or visit the DCC online at www.deltaculturalcenter.com.

The Delta Cultural Center shares the vision of all seven agencies of the Department of Arkansas Heritage - to preserve and promote Arkansas heritage as a source of pride and satisfaction. Other agencies within the department are the Historic Arkansas Museum , the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center , the Old State House Museum , the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the Arkansas Arts Council, and the Natural Heritage Commission.


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