The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum continues the 34th season of its Wednesday Folk Traditions concert series with the 6th Annual Horace Clarence Boyer Gospel Performance on July 8, 2015, featuring a performance from The Kevin Sharpe Group, a skilled and high-energy modern gospel ensemble. This and all other Wednesday Folk Traditions performances are held Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the Sunken Garden at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum, 130 River Drive, Route 47, Hadley, MA 01035. General admission is $12, or $2 for children 16 and under. Picnickers are welcome on the museum grounds beginning at 5:00 pm. The Museum and its grounds is a smoke free site.
Spanning a wide-range of styles--from straight-ahead jazz to funk, rock, and odd metered, esoteric experiments--the Kevin Sharpe Group performs with a powerful and joyful presence. The Kevin Sharpe Group is led by the eponymous vocalist, percussionist, guitarist, and choral arranger, with thirteen additional members on vocals, percussion, bass, and keyboard. Originally from Springfield, Massachusetts, Kevin Sharpe began his musical career at an early age while singing and drumming for his church choir, but it was not long before he became well-established in the regional Gospel community as a talented musician. He went on to study classical percussion, arranging, and choral conducting, earning degrees in Music Education and Jazz Performance, and working closely with Horace Clarence Boyer on voice. The Kevin Sharpe Group, winner of the 2007 Urban Music Award, is the culmination of Sharpe’s many years of study, performance, and attention to his remarkable voice--a smooth baritone often compared to that of Barry White and Larry Graham. And though the small choir and band play in a variety of styles, their music remains deeply rooted in the Gospel tradition; every performance brings together impressive artistry with a powerful sense of community and reverence.
This annual memorial performance commemorates the life and work of the late Horace Clarence Boyer, a beloved and internationally acclaimed musician and scholar of Gospel Music. Dr. Boyer, who for 25 years presented an annual gospel performance at the museum, was a pivotal member of the Pioneer Valley musical community, a long-time professor at UMass, and minister of music at the Goodwin Memorial African Methodist Episcopalian Church. Boyer often performed with the groups he introduced, and he cited as part of his mission nurturing Gospel here in the Valley and throughout the world. The museum aims to further that goal with this memorial series, continuing the tradition he supported and preserving his legacy.
For more information, visit Kevin Sharpe Group's website.