Come celebrate Black History Month in the heart of the Hudson Valley at a new, weekend long festival celebrating gospel music February 21-23, 2020. This unique event, hosted at Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center, Majed J. Nesheiwat Convention Center and Changepoint Theater, will honor the cultural and spiritual impact the genre has had on the world.
Friday evening will kick off with a dinner buffet, a performance from The Hudson Valley Community Gospel Choir and a Gospel Walk Through History, exploring the genre through time. Saturday will offer a diverse array of workshop sessions on both traditional and contemporary gospel with focuses on call and response, spoken word, shedding, open voice, visual arts, music direction, youth choir directing (ages 13-18) and drum and dance ministry, followed by a red-carpet headliner concert. Lastly, Sunday features brunch and a hat parade before a final headliner concert.
Weekend Pass (on Ticketmaster page, click on General Admisson on right for Weekend Pass option) includes participation in eight workshops, admission to all concert performances, and two meals. Separate tickets for Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon concert performances are also available. For ticket info, click here.
Special lodging packages at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center are available for event attendees only on pokgrand.com using the promotion group code GOSPEL or by calling the hotel directly at 845-485-5300 and mentioning the event.