The popular Owosso SUMMERPraise! series will celebrate its 17th Anniversary when the season opens July 12. The concerts are held at the Don and Metta Mitchell Amphitheater, 225 N. Water St., Owosso.   SUMMERPraise! has been a highly-anticipated summer event since 1998. One of America’s most popular groups, The Blackwood Brothers will take the amphitheater stage at 7:30 p.m. The Owosso Middle School next door is the alternate rain site.

Gospel music fans from all over the state have been drawn to the quality and variety of each schedule. Event coordinator Lynn Webster shares that, “The entire community is invited to attend and be blessed through the music ministries of our wonderful groups. An offering is taken each Sunday evening to support the ministry of the groups appearing. Our quality SUMMERPraise! concerts have provided an incredible opportunity to enjoy first-rate gospel music.”

This year’s 5-week concert slate, sponsored by the Owosso-Area Ministerial Association, will feature four regional groups in addition to the Blackwood Brothers. According to Pastor Marlene Webster, president of the Ministerial Association, “SUMMERPraise! is a great way for all music-loving believers to bring a lawn chair or blanket (and mosquito spray!) and fellowship together on Sunday evenings during the summer.”

“Bringing people to the beautiful Mitchell Amphitheater is a real joy,” shared Webster. “The people who serve on the Amphitheater Board are very committed to providing quality entertainment in a wonderful setting. It’s been an honor to work with them over the years. We’re confident that the 2015 SUMMERPraise! season will be a real blessing to those who support it with their attendance and offerings.” Webster shared these brief descriptions of the SUMMERPraise! groups for this year:

July 12 – The Blackwood Brothers – “Since 1934 the Blackwood Brothers name has been synomous with gospel music. James’ son, Billy, now brings the group’s tradition to Owosso, and we’re delighted to welcome.”

July 19 – The Rob Mills Family – “Two years ago this family opened our SUMMERPraise! season to a fantastic response. We look forward to their return!”

July 26 – The Thurstons – “Although based in Holt, Michigan, the Thurstons travel to many different states, sharing the gospel in churches, auditoriums, fairs, festivals and amphitheaters.”

Aug. 2 – Justified Quartet – “Another popular Michigan group brings many cumulative years of southern gospel experience, with each member having been part of a significant regional quartet group. Last year they had to move inside the Owosso Middle School, but this year we’re looking forward to great weather!”

Aug. 9 – Stronghold Quartet – “This popular group returns with a great testimony of praise and encouragement—and a new bass singer! Now in their tenth year as a group, we’re delighted to have Stronghold wrap up our 2015 concert season.”

For further information regarding the SUMMERPraise! concerts, call Lynn Webster at (989) 723-1288 or (517) 304-9292.

SUMMERPraise! Concert Series Announced was last modified: June 10th, 2015 by Karen Elford