THE NEXT THING TO GOSPEL MUSIC HEAVEN-Â A We Love Our Southern Gospel Music History (aka WLOSGMH)Â CONVENTION!
March 21 and 22, 2016. Those dates are marked down on the calendars of countless southern gospel fans that are converging in Nashville, TN for the social media convention WE LOVE OUR SOUTHERN GOSPEL MUSIC HISTORY. Â This Facebook group is receiving global acclaim for their influx of history sharing and memorabilia with avid gospel music fans and followers.
Facebook group administrators (Harold Timmons, Ann Downing, John Crenshaw and Hannah Kennedy) are keeping the group true to their purpose with constant supervision of the Facebook group page. Historical photos, audio and video clips are shared with in-person stories about the music, artists and songs. Today, over thirty six thousand people enjoy the interactive Facebook group site.
This convention is a time where gospel music lovers are involved in dinner concerts, Q&A sessions, historical audio and video clip presentations, designated time for vendor shopping for that most wanted memorabilia and collector music. Vendors, collectors and gospel music fans will call the Holiday Inn Opryland-Airport home to this eclectic music convention.
Monday: Afternoon socializing and shopping starts the convention. Â Then Ann Downing, convention music hosts the Pine Ridge Boys, Charlie Griffin, Collectors Quartet, the prestigious Blackwood Brothers, Jeff Stice and Ellen Marsh on the pianos, the award winning Dove Brothers are all performing during the dinner concert on Monday night.
Noted musician, Rita Spillers sets the tone for the evening as she provides piano music prior to the evening concert. What better way to start a night of gospel music than with a southern gospel piano master?
Tuesday: Tuesday morning and afternoon sessions will in include a presentation of old time pictures through the years, and a video presentation of many artists. The video will last about one and a half hours. Funny stories, questions and answers, and other topics are included. There is an anticipated Downings Reunion (afternoon concert) following lunch on Tuesday. While the evening concert features host music group the Pine Ridge Boys, the Administrators, Jordan River featuring the legendary Buddy Burton, Â Harold Timmons, the ever popular Sheltons, Â Gary Timbs, Jordans Bridge and Ann Downing.
WLOSGMH Administrator John Crenshaw shares, â€œA lot of extra time went into planning the convention right down to the video and audio clips. The presentations share a lot of the history and a few of those â€œyou ought to been thereâ€ moments. We are excited to see so many group members in Nashville. Itâ€™s gonna be two great music and fun-filled days.
Now available are concert only tickets for Monday and Tuesday nights, $20 per night. Meanwhile, lodging at the Holiday Inn is sold out on event nights. Other lodging is available at nearby hotels for convention goers attending the two day event.
The response has really picked up the last few weeks, states Harold Timmons. He continues, â€œThe room block has been filled and people are asking for the concert tickets. Hard to believe, but some people are just hearing about the convention. The Holiday Inn Opryland-Airport has really been great to work with in the planning and execution of this event. Itâ€™s really starting to get exciting!â€
For more information on the two day event or single concert tickets are available contact Harold Timmons at 615-885-8000 or visit the websites below.