published Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Middle Tennessee Gospel Music Festival in Shelbyville


7 p.m. The Cavaliers Quartet

7:45 p.m. Ernie Dawson & Heirline

8:30 p.m. Three Bridges

9:15 p.m. The Riders

10 p.m. CrossPoint String Band


3 p.m. Locust Ridge

3:45 p.m. Work in Progress

4:30 p.m. By Faith

5:15 p.m. Brandon Scott Smith

6 p.m. The Freemans

6:45 p.m. Crystal River

7:30 p.m. The Beelers

9:15 p.m. Nathan and Tonya Horton

9 p.m. Vocal Union

• Note: All times Central.

Fourteen acts are set to perform at the second annual Middle Tennessee Gospel Music Festival this weekend at Calsonic Arena, 721 Whitthorne St., in Shelbyville.

The festival is scheduled from 7 to 10:45 p.m. Friday, March 8, and 3 to 9:45 p.m. Saturday, March 9 (all times are Central). Gates open one hour before the show both days.

The featured artists perform a range of styles, including Southern, bluegrass, contemporary and traditional gospel.

Of the 14 groups set to perform, 10 are returning from last year. They are Ernie Dawson & Heirline, The Freemans, Vocal Union, Crystal River, Three Bridges, The Beelers, The Cavaliers Quartet, CrossPoint String Band, Work in Progress and By Faith. The newcomers are The Riders, Locust Ridge, Nathan and Tonya Horton and Brandon Scott Smith.

None of the groups has charged an honorarium. Therefore, all proceeds from ticket sales and three love offerings (taken Friday night and Saturday afternoon and evening) will be distributed equally among the groups, with the exception of one that declined compensation.

Tickets are $10 each day. They are available at the gate, online at or by calling Rutledge Falls Baptist Church at 931-455-8879 or New Covenant Christian Book Store at 931-684-8878.

• Note: All times Central.

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