Louisville, KY – The 55th Annual National Quartet Convention officially kicked off on Sunday evening, September 9 at Louisvilleâ€™s Kentucky Fair & Expo Center. The opening event included a special Sunday night concert,allowing Southern Gospel Music lovers arriving early for the 2012 event to enjoy the sounds ofÂ multi-award winning groups, Greater Vision, The Hoppers and The Booth Brothers. This was the second year in a row these three groupâ€™s celebrated the kick-off of Southern Gospel Musicâ€™s premier event, which has taken place in Louisville since 1994.
The National Quartet Convention is the only event of the year where fans can see and hear their favorite groups at a single event, then meet group members and purchase music, videos and much more at any one of the many exhibit booths which span throughout 175,000 square feet. Southern Gospel Music lovers can enjoy their favorite music all day long, as music spectaculars begin each morning and continue until midnight each evening.
Headliners on Monday eveningâ€™s concert in Freedom Hall included Grammy nominated recording artist, Karen Peck & New River, Gospel Music Hall of Fame members, The Hoppers, and seven-time IBMA Group of the Year, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver.
Tuesday marks the 11th anniversary of 911, and throughout the evening, artists appearing in Freedom Hall will pay tribute to the fallen of that tragic day. Grammy Award winner, Jason Crabb will be among the 13 performers scheduled to be featured on Tuesday evening.
Seats are available for all afternoon showcases and evening concerts and may be purchased in the North Wing lobby of the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center. Visit www.nqconline.com for a complete schedule of events.