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Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul Grand Finale Celebration

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Bright Hope Baptist Church

1601 N. 12th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122

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Join WXPN as we cap off our extraordinary year-long exploration into gospel music and its influence on rock & roll, rhythm & blues and soul.

Under the artistic and musical direction of Dr. Donald Dumpson, minister of music and arts at Arch Street Presbyterian Church, the 8 pm performance will feature gospel, spirituals, and gospel-influenced R&B and blues songs. Performing will be the Gospel Music Preservation Alliance Choir, the Philadelphia Heritage Chorale, The Gospel Blenders, and The Henderson Sisters, with a special appearance by vocalist Sarah Dash of the legendary group Labelle.

A 6:45 pm panel discussion will precede the concert. Moderated by WXPN Program Director Bruce Warren, who is Co-Executive Director of Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul, the discussion will encompass gospel music’s role in the Civil Rights movement, the impact of gospel music on R&B music, the role of choirs in gospel and secular music, and related topics. Panelists will be music business professional and radio host Dyana Williams, musician and music educator Dr. Rollo Dilworth, and gospel music radio host and historian Linwood Heath.

  • Doors at 6:00 pm

  • Panel Discussion from 6:45 pm to 7:30 pm

  • Performances begin at 8:00 pm

Maximum of two (2) free tickets per registrant email address.


Through live performances, a radio documentary series, and a media-rich website, Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul explores the roots of gospel and its influence on secular popular music. Gospel’s stylistic elements have long been fused into secular popular musical genres, such as rock and roll, R&B, soul, and hip-hop. Other featured artists include the iconic gospel quartet Dixie Hummingbirds, the contemporary R&B and soul-influenced McCrary Sisters, the 18-voice a cappella ensemble the Fisk Jubilee Singers, and the St. Thomas Gospel Choir of the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas.

The project is supported with a grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and will extend through early 2019 with the release of a 4-part radio documentary.

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If you would like to attend just the performances, please register here and plan to arrive around 7:30 pm. Performances will begin at 8 pm.

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