Gospel Music Concert with the Campbell Brothers, Spiritual Messengers Warriors for God opens
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Sponsored by the Susquehanna Folk Music Society. FREE but register at https://www.sfmsfolk.org/event...
This concert is part of a full day of workshops exploring gospel traditions.
The Campbell Brothers are a world-renowned “Sacred Steel” gospel group that features National Heritage Fellowship recipient Chuck Campbell on pedal steel guitar.
The Spiritual Messengers Warriors for God are a much-beloved local contemporary gospel ensemble whose work in the Harrisburg, PA community spans the last 30 years.
We’ll learn about this all-American art form — from the important role it plays in Black churches to its influences on rock and pop culture. The jam-packed day will feature conversations with the artists, musical demonstrations, and concerts featuring both performing groups. Folklorist Amy Skillman will serve as moderator.
SESSIONS AND PERFORMANCES
Session 1: It’s All About the Rhythm:
Creating fellowship through song: Spiritual Messengers Warriors for God
10 am - 11 am ET
Members of this Harrisburg-based contemporary gospel ensemble join folklorist Amy Skillman to explore “songwriting with a purpose.” We’ll talk about what inspires these musicians, what keeps them together, and how their music creates community.
Session 2: Can You Feel It?
Sacred Steel gospel traditions: The Campbell Brothers
11:30 am -1:00 pm ET
National Heritage Fellow Charles “Chuck” Campbell says that after the rhythm is set, the sacred steel guitar does everything else. It is the central voice for House of God gospel music, emotionally easing congregants through contemplative moments and propelling them to ecstatic celebration. Join the Campbell Brothers in this workshop to learn about the origins and sounds of the pedal (lap) steel guitar, as well as the influences on their music.
Session 3: Amazing Grace:
Intention and Innovation in Gospel Music
1:30-3:00 pm ET
Offering their individual versions of Amazing Grace as a starting point, this collaborative workshop will explore diversity within gospel music. Members of both bands will trade riffs to highlight the instrumental elements that create each band’s distinctive sound. We will also explore the experiences of performing for diverse audiences, from church congregations to festival-goers.
Performance by the Spiritual Messengers
3:30 - 4:00 pm ET
Produced at Penn State Harrisburg's beautiful Mukund S. Kulkarni Theatre
Performance by The Campbell Brothers
4:15 - 4:45 pm ET