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Third annual Gospel Workshop begins Monday, Motown Concert scheduled for Friday

Posted: February 16, 2014 - 12:01am

Back by popular demand, Rev. Bobby Lewis and pianist Eustace Johnson will arrive in Juneau for the third year in a row to turn 100 Juneauites into a gospel choir in just one week. The four-day workshop and weekend performances are part of the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council’s concert series, and will be hosted in conjunction with Black History Month in collaboration with Juneau Black Awareness Association.

Workshop sessions will be held Monday through Thursday, Feb. 17-20, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. Workshop participants must be 16 or older. The cost is $50 for the workshop with 10 percent off to JAHC members.

The workshop will culminate in two performances on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 2 and 5:30 p.m. A pay-as-you-can dress rehearsal will be held Saturday Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to noon at the JACC.

Participants can sign up for the workshop or buy tickets to either of the concerts at Hearthside Books, the JACC and online at jahc.org.

On Friday, Lewis, Johnson and Fairbanks singer Jaunelle Celaire will perform a Motown Show at the JACC as a fundraiser for the Willoughby Arts Complex. The event will include a no-host beer and wine bar sponsored by Alaskan Brewing, special Motown ice cream by Coppa and sweet potato pie for sale sponsored by the Juneau Black Awareness Association. It begins at 7:30 p.m.

Rev. Lewis began teaching gospel music in his father’s church in Virginia. After moving to New York City, he worked in musical theater and claims Andre in “Ain’t Misbehavin’” as one of his favorite roles. He is currently the executive pastor and Minister of Music at Central Baptist Church in NYC, and his 58-voice choir has been featured on The Today Show and other TV programs.

Johnson is the director of music at New Song Community Church in Harlem. As the president of EAJ Productions and EAJ Music, he serves as pianist and keyboardist for solos, groups and studios. Most recently he was the arranger and musical director for “If This Hat Could Talk.”

For more information about the workshop, contact Juneau Arts & Humanities Council at 586-2787.

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