Getting front-row seats to a concert often requires fans to overpay scalpers or name their firstborn child 93.1 FM. See a show on your terms with this GrouponLive deal to see 2012 Gospel Explosion at Wolf Creek Amphitheater, starring Shirley Caesar and hosted by Gospel WYZE personality Bobby Hurd. For $18, you get general admission to the lawn area on Saturday, October 6, at 4 p.m. (up to a $36.85 value, including all fees). Doors open at 3 p.m.
With more than four decades of melodic proselytizing behind her and a bottomless well of hope for the future, pastor and gospel icon Shirley Caesar headlines this evening of good cheer and heartfelt faith. Since leaving the Caravans in 1966, Caesar has earned 11 Grammy Awards, 13 Stellar Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NAACP, and induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2000. Known for peppering her performances with spoken exclamations for emphasis, the First Lady of Gospel belted out her deliciously funky “Rejoice” for President Bush at the White House in 2002. Her crystal-clear alto sometimes takes on a rumbling quality in songs such as a rendition of the bluesy “Sweeping Through the City.”
Fellow Caravans graduate Dottie Peoples expresses full-throated faith on groovy tracks such as “He's an On-Time God,” and Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson's high-reaching voice lifts the soul like a combustion-powered elevator. The pioneering Gospel quartet, The Canton Spirituals, sing their Grammy-nominated hits and other award-winning pieces. Gospel-radio host Bobby Hurd emcees, and Christian comedienne Sherre Miller Bishop brings along her church-lady alter ego, Sistah Willie Ruth Johnson, radiating levity from pink feather boa to orthopedic shoes.