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Sounds of Southern gospel to fill the air Friday

The sounds of Southern gospel will kick off the Park Hills Sixth Annual Summer Concert Series in Columbia Park.

The free concerts are offered by the Park Hills Parks and Recreation Department. The department suggests that the audience bring lawn chairs and their own snacks or beverages. No alcohol is allowed.

“Fresh Anointing,” a gospel singing group from Bonne Terre, will perform from 7-8:30 p.m. on Friday at the Twin Oaks Amphitheater in the park at the intersection of Strauss and Main Street. The six-member group formed in 2002 and began performing in Leadbelt Pentecostal Church. “Fresh Anointing” says their music is not only for entertainment, but is a way to “minister to the hurting as well as the saints of today.”

“The group hopes that people receive a blessing in their lives through the ministry of the songs,” said Chuck Odle, the group’s manager.

In late February, the group opened for the Crabb Family at a concert in North County High School. Their Park Hills concert is sponsored by Missouri Natural Gas.

Park Hills will hold five more concerts will this summer, featuring a variety of music. The city brings in the bands and local organizations or businesses sponsor advertisement for each concert, said Dooley Politte, the city’s Parks and Recreation director.

“Years ago, we had a Fourth of July Festival each year,” Politte said. “We moved it to the fall, but it fizzled out. So now, instead of one big thing, we have a half dozen smaller ones.”

On June 17, “Canyon” will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. The country group has shared the stage with several well-known country singers including Waylon Jennings, Brad Paisley and Diamond Rio. Park Hills Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the “Canyon” Concert.

“Raven Moon,” a bluegrass band, will perform from 7-9 p.m. July 16. The six-piece band plays a wide variety of music including swing, blues, folk, bluegrass, Cajun and Irish tunes. The group is sponsored by Mineral Area College.

On Aug. 5, “The Last Flight Home” and “The Skyline” will perform from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Both groups play a variety of alternative music.

Those who enjoy oldies and classic rock will enjoy “James and Truesdell With Tools of the Trade” on Aug. 20. The group is sponsored by Barnett Bail Bonds and Maynard & Joyce and will perform from 7-9 p.m.

The season finale consists of two concert nights with several bands each night. The two-day Southern gospel event begins at 6 p.m. Sept. 9 and 10. The event is sponsored by the Mineral Area Gospel Music Association and will be hosted by “The Berry Brothers.” Typically, each night features four or five bands, Politte said.

For more information on the summer concert series, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 431-0478.

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