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Hancock Arts Council to host 'Afternoon of Gospel Music'

January 10, 2008

HANCOCK - In the third of a series of artistic and community programs at Hancock's new performing arts center, the Hancock Arts Council will host "An Afternoon of Gospel Music" Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Hancock Community Center Stage at 126 W. High St.

According to Arts Council Chairman Sinclair Hamilton, the show will feature a number of local gospel musicians and groups including The Praise Band of Hancock United Methodist Church performing rocking gospel, Mary Howard on vocals and The Down Home Gospel Singers adding a bluegrass gospel flavor.

Also on the program will be The Lamplighters and The Garage Band, both country gospel groups.

Hamilton said that the idea for the program was suggested by Marie Shaw, who will perform with The Garage Band, a Hancock group that includes her husband, Stan.

"We hope that 'An Afternoon of Gospel Music' will be a yearly event which will give people a chance to hear some great music," Hamilton said. "We will be showcasing lots of local talent and some from further afield as well. This is an event for the whole family."

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Hamilton added that proceeds from the event will help the arts council deliver future programs as well as improve the stage with lights and equipment.

"We hope the performing arts center will become a hub for the performing arts in the region, and this concert will include musicians from West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland," he said.

While the concert is free to the public, a suggested donation of $5 for adults will go toward promoting further programs in the area of music, art and cultural events sponsored by the arts council.

For information or to reach the Hancock Arts Council, call Hamilton at 301-678-5719 or send an e-mail to sinclairhamilton@verizon.net.

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