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‘Blazing Pianos’ Goes on Road

Written by Scoops Staff on November 17, 2010 – 9:31 am -

After debuting at the Branson Gospel Music Convention pianists Zack Swain, Jeff Duffield & Shannon Bunch are taking the show on the road. Shannon, a nationally recognized pianist & solo artist shares, “The Blazing Pianos is going to be a show that is like no other, encompassing gospel tunes, pop & country as well as American classics. We feel there is a need for a family-friendly show ‘on the road’.
While this format is very entertaining it will allow us to plant the gospel seed into the lives of the un-churched that attend.” Zack Swain, the youngest member of the team, is perhaps one of the most talented pianists in gospel music. A student of the Stamps-Baxter School of Music, he has shared the stage with some of the industry’s finest artists. His forte of piano solos is a “wow factor” each time he plays. Jeff Duffield privately studied with renowned classical pianist, Reinhold Freche & later at the Berklee School of Music. He has over 700 albums to credit.

The Blazing Pianos will begin its concert touring debut in Nampa, ID Saturday, November 27, 2010 @ 7:00pm at the Nampa Civic Center filmed in HD (high definition) before a live audience with special guests Homeland Harmony Quartet from Nampa, ID. Tickets are on sale now at www.nampaciviccenter.com. A temporary website for this event can be viewed at http://www.wix.com/mactwf/blazing-gospel-pianos. An official website is forthcoming.

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Branson Gospel Music Revival to Return in Summer 2011

Written by Rhonda on November 3, 2010 – 9:54 am -

(November 3, 2010) BRANSON, MO – The Branson Gospel Music Revival (formerly Convention) will be returning to Branson, Missouri for the third time, announced Rod and Kelly Burton, the owners of YMR Music Productions, LLC. The Burtons also announced that the four-day annual event will be changing venues, relocating in 2011 to the Tri-Lakes Center, 2527 State Highway 248 in Branson.

At a press gathering on Wednesday, kicked-off with a performance by Branson performing family Twice Adopted, the couple discussed the success of the 2010 event and developing plans for its return in 2011.

“We added a day to our event while our nation saw a drop in its economy and the concert business, yet our attendance grew by 10 percent over our first year,” Kelly Burton stated. “We are thankful to all those in the Branson media and marketplace who have welcomed us and our guests over the past two summers, and we’re very excited about our return.”

The Branson Gospel Music Revival will be held Tuesday, June 28 – Friday, July 1, 2011 at the Tri-Lakes Center. Over a hundred gospel artists from across the country will be there to perform, including returning favorites Beyond the Ashes, Freedom, Kenny Bishop, Dan Keeton Quartet, The Williamsons, Praise Incorporated, 2nd Generation, Jay Stone Singers, McMillan and Life, Rod Burton, Lynda Lynn, Sunday Edition, Mystery Men, and more.

They also confirmed the return of Branson’s Dino Kartsonakis, who will headline one night of the event. Also returning will be the popular SGN Scoops Diamond Awards and the “Piano Jubilee.”

“We continue to learn and grow and are striving to make this an even more enjoyable event, one that continues to attract new people to this great city every summer,” Rod Burton stated.

The couple said that the event would be pared back to four days and concert times would be shortened by an hour to allow time for daily morning worship services, mentoring and fellowship time for artists, and so that guests’ schedules are flexible enough to allow them to enjoy other Branson attractions.

“We have cut down the number of artists we will feature, but our hope is sharpen the spotlight on the gospel message and to allow our audience the energy to get to know the artists in the lobby area and get to know the town of Branson,” Kelly Burton said.

In the coming weeks, announcements will confirm the event’s partnership with other Branson shows and businesses to offer ticket and vacation packages.

Tickets will be going on sale this month and can be purchased from the Tri-Lakes Center box office by calling 417-336-0219.

More information about Branson Gospel Music Revival can be found at www.BransonGMR.com or by calling 708-362-8172.


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