Top gospel-music acts in park Saturday

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By The Staff

TELL CITY - Saturday is Gospel Day in Musik Halle, with several groups performing in City Hall Park as part of this year's Schweizer Fest.

With the increasing popularity of the Saturday gospel music over the past few years, this year's gospel program has been expanded to include more groups, and some well-known regional names in this year's lineup.

A performance by vacation Bible school students from several Perry County churches begins at 1 p.m.

At 2:15 p.m. the Owensboro-based contemporary gospel group Firm Foundation, will return for their sixth year at Schweizer Fest.

They are known for their inspirational performances with vocal harmonies. The quartet has been together for six years, and in 2003 they were named the Kentucky State Quartet of the Year at the State Fair.

Their very first recorded single, "When I Lay My Burdens Down," made it all the way to No. 1 on the God's Country Gospel Chart, and stayed for a record 28 weeks on the European Country Music Chart. Another single, "Something Better in Mind," was also nominated for a 2007 Dove Award for Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year.

At 3:15 p.m., Living by Faith, a trio from southwestern Kentucky, will return after a great show here two years ago. Travis, Anita and Jeff will inspire with some old-style southern gospel music. At 4:15 p.m., The Crossmen Quartet, a nationally known group from Morgantown, Ky., will take the stage and perform until 5:45 p.m.

The Crossmen began singing together in 1993, and the current members have been together since 2001.

The group has a recording contract with Zion Music in Nashville, and has had four original recordings that have made it into the top 50 on the gospel music charts. Since 1993, the quartet has performed in over 1,000 concerts in nearly 30 states, as well as the Bahamas, Mexico and the Cayman Islands. This family quartet looks forward to continuing their music ministry for many years to come, and promises to bring an awe-inspiring show to this year's Schweizer Fest.

At 6 p.m., the Linda Smith Band will finish off this year's gospel music show with a high-energy performance of their own. This group has been entertaining audiences throughout the tristate area for years, and has opened concerts for several well known country artists, including The Judds, Sawyer Brown and Barbara Mandrell. They perform many favorites made famous by other groups, as well as some of their own original music.

The entire afternoon promises to offer many special moments, and fun for the whole family.