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What are Meetinghouse Concerts all about?

They’re Southern Gospel at its absolute best! It’s music with a message, music that lifts the spirit and touches the heart. If you think “church” can’t be fun, you need to come, just once, to taste and see what all the excitement is about. The personalities are warm, the passions are real, and the programs are exactly what we hoped they would be when we stepped out in faith to launch this venture in the summer of 2005.

Meetinghouse Concerts are a dream come true, born of a vision that began to take shape over our many years of attendance at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville (see scrapbook link), Southern Gospel’s flagship event. So often, watching these groups draw thunderous ovations from jubilant crowds in Freedom Hall, we would find ourselves thinking, “If only our friends back home could get a taste of what we’re experiencing now.”

That’s how it began, just wanting to share with others what has meant so much to us. Give us a call if you have any questions. We look forward to having you join us, quite confident you’re going to be glad you came.

Our 2017 Schedule

All concerts begin at 6:00 p.m.


Sunday, April 23

The
Dixie Echoes

...For over 50 years, The Dixie Echoes have been delivering the gospel message in song across America through their spiritually uplifting music ministry. Considered to be one of the pioneer gospel groups, the Dixie Echoes have returned to their roots singing around two microphones with just a piano. Respected among their peers and industry leaders alike, the Dixie Echoes are recognized as one of the premiere groups in gospel music.

Sunday, May 21
The Tribute Quartet

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In an ever-changing musical climate, Tribute has remained steadfast in their goal to make great music that is both timely and relevant to the current musical scene and their loyal fan base while never wavering from their God-called mission to share Jesus with everyone with whom they come in contact. With a career that has already spanned the U.S., as well as several foreign countries, Tribute's popularity continues to grow. The men of this quartet attribute that first and foremost to the favor of God on their lives and ministry, as well as their many fans and friends who continue to help grow this ministry one friend at a time.

Sunday, June 18
The
Down East Boys

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The Down East Boys is a name that is synonymous with Gospel Music. For over 30 years this quartet has traveled from coast to coast, Canada and Mexico. Starting in eastern North Carolina the group chose the name from that region called Down East. Although the name was associated with this small region it did not take long for this groups boundaries to expand. In just a few short years the group had their first chart song and was signed to a major recording contract by Sonlite records. Upon release of their second recording on the Sonlite records label the group was thrust into the mainstream of gospel music with a song titled “Beautiful Valley." For ten months this song remained in the top 40 of the Singing News chart and took the guys from a regional quartet to a sought after group all over the country. In 1990, riding the success of that song, the Down East Boys received the Horizon Group of the Year from the readers of the Singing News. Shortly after, with the demand for the group at an all time high, the guys began their journey into full time ministry.

Sunday, July 23
Eddie Crook & The Called Out Quartet

...Southern Gospel… It’s real music touching real people. There is no deeper tradition in Southern Gospel than the all male quartet, and it’s in that tradition that Called Out Quartet sings today. Formed very humbly in 2003, Called Out Quartet is one of Southern Gospel’s favorite quartets mixing the tried and true hymns with the new songs of today that still have that same old message of Christ and Him crucified. Through testimony in song, CO4 sets out week after week to reach the lost with God’s beautiful message of redemption and to encourage and lift up His children as they walk life’s pathway striving to reach the goal.

Eddie Crook's career in gospel music began when he joined the Tennesseans Quartet in 1961. He later worked with Jimmie Davis, the Plainsmen, the Sego Brothers and Naomi, the Happy Goodmans, and the Southern Quartet. Crook is noted for his years as a record producer and label owner. He formed the Eddie Crook Company in 1977. A number of today's top Southern Gospel artists including the Bishops, the McKamey's, the Wilburns, and the Perrys got their start with Morning Star Records or one of Crook's other labels.

Eddie also played piano for Vocal Edition in the late 1990s. He returned to the concert stage in 2008 when he joined the revived Prophets to play piano.
Awards: SGMA Hall of Fame (2014)

Sunday, August 20
The Perrys

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In the almost 44 years that the Perrys have been on the road, sharing with audiences night after night, God has been faithful to provide them with everything they need to build their ministry into what it is today. From the moving lyrics of traditionally based songs, talented vocalists and musicians, to a genuine heart for the people touched so deeply by their music, throughout the years the Perrys have proven that they have what it takes to rise to the top of Southern Gospel music, and what a journey it has been.





Sunday, October 8

The Lesters

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Whether you have followed the music of the Lesters for years – or you’re just finding out about us for the very first time – we are so glad you’re here. We hope you will take a few minutes and catch up on the latest news of what God is doing through this ministry around the country.

Simply put, we love music. . . and we love introducing others to Jesus Christ through our music and personal ministry. It’s a passion that began with our grandparents, Harvey and Opal Lester, in 1925. And it’s one that has endured to the third, fourth and fifth generations. In fact, this year our family is celebrating eighty-eight wonderful years of sharing the Good News through Gospel music. And we’re more excited now than ever before!

One of our highest priorities is to remain real and relevant-never losing sight of the Message, but always challenging ourselves to elevate the sound and quality of our music in order to better reach today’s generation.



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