The College of Lake CountyÕs 29th annual Salute to Gospel Music program March 2 will feature the Grammy Award winning group Sounds of Blackness at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan.
Updated: April 1, 2013 6:12AM
WAUKEGAN — The College of Lake County’s 29th annual Salute to Gospel Music program March 2 will feature the Grammy Award-winning groups Sounds of Blackness and Reverend Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago.
The program begins at 7 p.m. at the Genesee Theatre in downtown Waukegan. The program will be a spirited musical tribute to the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Sounds of Blackness is a Grammy Award-winning group directed by Gary Hines since 1971. It has consistently performed and proclaimed the music, culture and history of African Americans to audiences all over the world.
In 2012, the “The Sound of Blackness” CD won a 2012 NAACP Image Award for Best World Music Recording. The group has also won the Soul Train Award, International Time For Peace Award, seven Stellar Awards and the International Dance Music Awards. It also was nominated for an Emmy Award and five NAACP Image Awards.
The group has performed benefit concerts for many organizations and conducts master classes and workshops and have performed on the soundtracks of films.
Reverend Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago. Jenkins, a Grammy Award-winning songwriter, wrote the No. 1 praise and worship anthem, “Awesome,” which was No. on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart for over 16 weeks. In October 2012, Jenkins and Fellowship of Chicago received eight Stellar Gospel Music Award nominations for “The Best of Both Worlds” CD. T
The CLC Gospel Choir, under the direction of Dr. Charles Clency, will open the program. The 2013 Harambee Award of Excellence will be presented to the Rev. Henry Lee Jordan, Jr., pastor of Greater Faith Church Baptist, Waukegan.
Fund-raising opportunities for local groups will be offered. For groups of 30 or more, tickets may be purchased at $4 off the general admission price of $19, and the group discount includes a private, pre-show reception. Each group or organization is entitled to reassign the price of tickets and keep all proceeds raised above the discounted price. For groups of 20 or more, tickets may be purchased at $3 off the general admission price of $19. For information on group tickets and discounts, call (847) 543-2112.
Regular priced tickets are $17 to $19. Tickets are on sale at the CLC Lakeshore Campus, by phone at the James Lumber Center Box Office (847) 543-2300 or at www.geneseetheatre.com.