The Diplomats are hosting a two-night homecoming sing in Calhoun, Ga.
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Karen Peck & New River headline Thursday night's show in Dalton, Ga.

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› What: Gospel Fest

› Where: Dalton Convention Center, 2211 Dug Gap Battle Road, Dalton, Ga.,

› When: 7-9 p.m. concerts today-Saturday, June 15-17; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday showcase

› Admission: $20 for three-day concert pass; showcase is free

› For more information: 706-226-9729

Five nationally known gospel music acts will headline three nights of concerts during Gospel Fest in the Dalton Convention Center, 2211 Dug Gap Battle Road in Dalton, Ga.

Concerts begin tonight, June 15, at 7 p.m. continuing through Saturday, June 17.

Additionally, Gospel Fest will include a free showcase on Saturday with 40 artists performing between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. The showcase will include a vendors area in which businesses around the tri-state area will sell their products.

Tickets are $20 for a three-day pass for the nightly concerts at 7 p.m. Tickets will not be sold for individual concerts.

Karen Peck & New River headline tonight's singing, which also includes a performance by Brian Free & Assurance.

Karen Peck & New River are four-time Grammy Award nominees and a four-time Dove Award-winning gospel group that has had 15 No. 1 hits.

Friday night's performers are Kingsmen Quartet and The Martins.

With more than 50 years presenting gospel music, The Kingsmen's alumni reads like a who's who of gospel music: Eldridge Fox, Jim Hamill, Squire Parsons, Johnny Parrack, Anthony Burger, Ernie Phillips and Gary Sheppard. The Kingsmen have been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and the Christian Music Hall of Fame.

Jason Crabb is Saturday night's featured artist. Crabb is the former lead vocalist for The Crabb Family. He has won Grammy and Dove awards for his solo work and has been a featured singer with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.

' Further down Interstate 75, another gospel singing is scheduled in Calhoun, Ga., when The Diplomats Quartet hosts a homecoming on Friday-Saturday, June 16-17.

Music gets underway both nights at 7 p.m. in Heritage Baptist Church, 345 Curtis Parkway in Calhoun. Admission is free, but a love offering will be collected each night.

The Diplomats will perform both nights. Joining them for Friday night's concert will be The Guardians and The Mathew Family. On Saturday's program will be The Chosen Ones and The Inspirations.

For more information: 706-629-0060.


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