Bluegrass gospel music concert set

Published 8:33 am Thursday, March 12, 2020

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The spring edition of the Lunenburg County Community Concerts will be held Friday, March 20 at Victoria Baptist Church.

The evening of bluegrass gospel music will feature the First Go ‘Round band, joined by talented husband and wife duo Glenn and Karen Hood. Pre-concert piano music by Stacy Sharpe Branch begins at 6:40 p.m. for the enjoyment of those who arrive early for the 7 p.m. concert.

Glenn and Karen Hood grew up singing and playing gospel music. They both sang together for many years and raised their children to have that same love for gospel music.

Glenn and Karen have an amazing love for the Lord and a deep love for the traditional gospel hymns. They want to keep those hymns of the faith alive and the sound of southern gospel music very present in the hearts of people today. The husband and wife duo will open the concert with a short set of traditional gospel music, while accompanying themselves on guitar and piano.

In 2014, a few friends with a love of music and the gospel came together to form First Go ‘Round. Since then they have used bluegrass music to spread the Gospel of Christ through Virginia and beyond.

The current lineup features Brent Hood on banjo, Matthew Kelly on guitar, Rob Sadler on mandolin, and Bryan Hood on bass.

From four-part harmonies, traditional bluegrass drive, and an echo of Stanley and Monroe, First Go ‘Round wields a blend of updated and traditional tunes all specifically chosen to use their God-given talent for His glory.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors is the local organization that will be “In the Spotlight.” Information will be available in the vestibule about this all-volunteer group that provides help with needed home repairs and light construction projects.

All community concerts are free, though donations to the spotlighted organization are gratefully received.

Victoria Baptist Church, the host site for this quarterly concert series, is located at the intersection of 8th Street and Washington Avenue. Handicapped parking is available near the side entrance, as is elevator access to the sanctuary level.

In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held March 27.

For more information and concert-related updates, visit the Lunenburg County Community Concerts’ Facebook page or call the church office at (434) 696-2025.