Color photos of the F. Cosmo Harris Gospel Stage at the recent Black Arts Festival may be seen on Rev. Charlene Wisher’s facebook wall.
’Made it to the Black Arts Festival in Denver on both Saturday and Sunday. ‘Got eye contact with and a smile from Kelli Roberts, Gospel Stage coordinator.
All the while, Rayshun Walker was on stage with his new choir. I recognized a lot of faces but I could only name Donna Gatewood, a wonderful singer. The choir, about 25 strong, sang a capella on a vamp of Total Praise. Of course, they sang beautifully. Rayshun then bantered while the CD track was queued. Then the choir sang along with the CD track from Minister Walker’s latest CD, which can be found on his facebook page. It was just as well, because there was a shortage of mics. He noted that the choir rehearses every 2 weeks and that everyone is welcome.
I’m gonna leave it alone for Sat.’s musical offerings and say that this is my log, my thoughts –not journalism, per se. Generally, I can’t or won’t make up stuff or give opinions about stuff that I didn’t observe.
The Shields of Faith played on Sunday at about 1:30pm for more than 1 hour. They were in full force with saxophones, flutes, a trombone, a trumpet and a flugelhorn. The rhythm section consisted of drums, bass, electric guitar and your truly on my weapon of choice, the Roland RD-700sx digital stage piano. But this is not about me. (More later about this ax…) But I’m really glad that they invited me to sit in with them. I think the head count –all men — was 9. As usual, the horns and woodwinds were really good, when they traded solos in their own jazzy arrangements of hymns and spirituals. Their vocals, though sparse, were positively fascinating.
As the first act, we were not particularly well attended, but the 50 or so people listening from the shady sides of the stage, seemed to be blessed by the music. I promise to comeback soon with all the Shields’ names –which they never announced from the stage. Truly, they put God first.
‘Spoke very briefly with Kelli after leaving the stage. Although she took time to give heartfelt thanks to each participant, she was a very busy lady. Go figure.