SCOTTISH RITE FOUNDATION BENEFIT FOR MARSHALL UNIVERSITY SPEECH & HEARING CENTER The Grascals - Bluegrass Music 10/21/17 7:00 p.m. About MU Speech & Hearing Center
The Grascals make music that is entirely relevant to the here and now, yet immersed in traditional values of soul and musicianship. It’s a unique sound that has earned three Grammy® nominations and two Entertainer of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, as well as national media attention that seems to perpetually elude acts entrenched in niche genres. Such appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Fox & Friends, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and CBS’ The Talk. All the while, stages that represent the strongest bastions of tradition continually welcome them, as evidenced by the over 150 performances on the Grand Ole Opry. Honors also include performing twice for President George W. Bush and at President Barack Obama’s inaugural ball at the Smithsonian.
Performance Highlights - The Grand Ole Opry Kennedy Center Radio City Music Hall Ryman Auditorium MerleFest Wintergrass Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival Country Gold (in Japan) Stagecoach Festival …and more
Opening performances for - Dolly Parton Dierks Bentley Brooks & Dunn Vince Gill Patty Loveless Sarah Evans Big & Rich Kenny Rogers Charlie Daniels …and more
The Booth Brothers - Gospel Music 10/28/17 7:00 p.m.
Ronnie, Michael, and Paul love Southern Gospel music. They believe it touches the soul and offers encouragement and hope. By singing and ministering to audiences through word and song, these gentlemen are fulfilling God’s call on their lives.
Most recent awards: 2016 Male Group of the Year Absolutely Gospel Music Award
Tenor of the Year - Michael Booth Singing News Fan Award
Lead of the Year - Ronnie Booth Singing News Fan Award
Trio of the Year Singing News Fan Award
Artist of the Year Singing News Fan Award
Southern Gospel Album of the Year - "Still" Dove Award
Area First Responders will be challenging each other in hopes of, not only taking home the coveted 1st Place Winner trophy, but a sizeable cash award for their own department. There will also be cash awards for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th place winners.
The premise is simple – participants (groups of 4 or more) mime the vocals of popular music while performing on stage in front of an appreciative audience. The fun comes from seeing just how enthused our local firemen, EMT’s, policemen, etc., are to impress the crowd and win a prize. The great thing about a lip sync is that you don’t actually need any real talent, just a desire to perform. We strongly encourage creative costumes because the crowd is there to enjoy a show and their response will be considered in the selection of winners. Everything is in the spirit of fun and all performances (lyrics, dancing, costumes, etc.) MUST be “family-friendly”.
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The Hoppers - Gospel Music 11/18/17 7:00 p.m.
The Hoppers have been a mainstay in the field of gospel music for more than 50 years. Claude and Connie Hopper began making their way around North America on a bus in 1957 with The Hopper Brothers & Connie.
Over the years, the Hopper Brothers and Connie welcomed and parted with musicians and singers who went on to acclaimed service in the gospel music. Eventually Connie and Claude’ s two sons, Dean and Michael, joined them full-time as lead vocalist and drummer to form The Hoppers. Kim Greene’s powerhouse soprano voice was added to the group in 1989, after she and Dean were married.
With classic family harmonies that stay true their southern gospel roots, their sound has progressed to new heights with each recording. Throughout the ‘90s, the group began to see their songs achieve widespread success with number one Southern Gospel hits including: “Milk and Honey,” “Here I Am,” “Anchor to the Power of the Cross,” and ”Mention My Name.” Since that time, The Hoppers have received numerous accolades including Mixed Group of the Year from the Heart’s Aflame Awards, Diamond Awards, Singing News Fan Awards, and the Southern Gospel Music Association.
The Hoppers have been nominated for GMA Dove Award four times, and in 1998 Connie was presented with the prestigious Marvin Norcross award, which is given to those with excellence in “Devotion to family, service to Church, and contributions to the Gospel Music Industry.” Singing News Fan Award for Musician of the Year has been given to Michael, and Kim has consistently been awarded the Singing News Fan Award for Female Vocalist and Favorite Soprano for well over a decade.
Ernie Haase and Signature Sound CHRISTMAS MUSIC 12/16/17 7:00 p.m.
From its formation in 2003, Ernie Haase has built Signature Sound into one of the most popular and beloved quartets in all of Southern Gospel music. The group has traveled all over the world, offering energy, excitement and encouragement through its powerful brand of gospel music. EHSS continues to gain fans all around the globe with its unique performances and unmistakable four-part harmonies. EHSS is one of the most celebrated quartets in Southern Gospel History mentioned with the same "trailblazing" reverence as groups likes The Statesmen Quartet and The Cathedral Quartet.
EHSS has sung and sold to millions worldwide, a feat that has not been accomplished by any other Southern Gospel quartet. From concerts in Latvia and India to South Africa and New Zealand, events all around North America, TV appearances on ESPN with NASCAR, multiple NBA appearances singing our National Anthem, and even a specialty tour of historic American theaters in support of the EHSS Broadway project featuring Les Misérables legend J. Mark McVey, Signature Sound is a world-renowned quartet that spans a wide variety of genres and cultures.