James Vaughan Gospel Quartet Festival set for July 26-29

LAWRENCEBURG, TENN. - Summer is a time of music festivals, and the one coming to Lawrenceburg, Tenn. at the end of July is one many local residents will really enjoy.
The James D. Vaughan Quartet Festival will take place Wednesday, July 26, through Saturday, July 29, at the Crockett Theatre.  The festival is named in honor of James D. Vaughan, known as the   “Father of Southern Gospel.”  A native son of Lawrenceburg, Vaughan founded the Vaughan Conservatory of Music in 1911 and the James D. Vaughan Publishing Company in 1902 in Lawrenceburg.  giving Lawrenceburg its title as the official birthplace of southern gospel music.  He also taught shape note singing schools, drawing students from as far away as Marion and Winston counties.
The festival will feature a stellar array of gospel quartets, with afternoon and evening performances Thursday-Saturday.  The following is the schedule for the festival:
Wednesday, July 26, at 7 p.m. -  Mark Trammell Quartet, Mylon Hayes Family, Tribute Quartet, Whisnants and Whisnant, Hayes & Conkle.
Thursday, July 27, at 1 p.m. -  The Blackwood Brothers and the Dixie Echoes.
Thursday, July 27, at 7 p.m. -  The Inspirations, Gold City, Karen Peck and New River and Old Paths Quartet.
Friday, July 28, at 1 p.m. -  The Kellys Reunion, with many former and current members; Josh and Ashley Franks.
Friday, July 28 at 7 p.m. -  Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, The Hoppers, Poet Voices and Guardians.
Saturday, July 29, at 2 p.m. -  The Kingsmen, The Chuck Wagon Gang, Down East Boys, The Perrys and Bibletones.
Doors open one hour before each concert.  The Kellys are the host quartet for the festival and Josh Franks will be the emcee all four days.
All matinees are free admission with a generous love offering received.  Tickets for evening concerts are $27 for the artist circle; $25 general reserved and $23 balcony.  Four-night passes for the artist circle are $98, four-night passes general reserved are $90 and four-night passes for the balcony are $82.

For more information or tickets, visit www.lawrenceburgTN.gov or call (931) 762-4261.  Artists are subject to change without notice.


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