41st annual BBQ and gospel to benefit Columbus Fire Department begins Monday, June 30 at Veterans Park

Published 10:00 pm Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Columbus Fire Department will be host its 41st annual fundraising event which has become one of Polk County’s most popular events spanning four decades.
The event features four gospel artists each night ranging from local artists to nationally known, most sought after, performers.
Each night the Columbus fire department will offer food sales to raise money for the fire department ‘s special needs. BBQ sandwiches, hot dogs hamburgers and other items will be for sale.
The event began in 1973, and has become a popular annual outdoor music event for the people of Polk County and surrounding area.
Line -up on the stage of the Columbus Veterans park adjoining the fire department include:

Monday, June 30

The Atkins Family
A popular Greer S.C. based family group with several national radio releases and multistate performances.

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Country Gospel group from Chesnee S.C with outstanding vocals and instrumentalists.

The Masters Singers
Chesnee S.C. based family trio making their forty first appearance on the Columbus stage

The Mintz Family
Saluda based family group singing traditional southern gospel music
Tuesday, July 1

The first night in July is bluegrass night in Columbus featuring four groups picking and singing.
The King James Boys
A Cowpens S.C. based groups whose been singing for 20 years across many states and receiving radio airplay on numerous stations in the gospel and bluegrass field. The King James Boys recently made their first appearance at the Dollywood Bluegrass and BBQ Festival a month ago.

Soldiers for the Cross
A group based in the Sunny View section of Polk County, N.C. featuring great instrumentalists and male and female vocalists.

Wells of Joy
A quartet from north Greenville County, S.C. featuring exciting music and picking.

The Colt Creek Band
From Saluda, N.C. a bluegrass Gospel group playing traditional and original music from the Columbus stage.

Wednesday, July 2

Brian Birchfeild
Charismatic Tennessee vocalist popular in gospel events across the nation who has had numerous national radio hits as a soloist.

The Capps sisters
This family group of sisters originally began singing in the 1960’s. Recently reunited and singing again they have recorded a recent CD.

Joyful Noise
A group of Sunny View youth.  Singing traditional uplifting traditional southern gospel music.

Barbra Lowman
A Morganton, N.C. based soloist who has recorded a successful CD and several national releases.

Thursday, July 3
The fourth and final night, of the Columbus sing of 2014, features:

Mike Upright
One of southern gospels most popular soloists, with over two dozen top 40 singles in the last 15 years.  Including Winner Either Way, But for the Blood When I lay my Issac Down, and the Great Physicians Hand.

Greg Day
Award winning songwriter from Adele Ga., is the composer of the number one southern gospel song of the 1980’s decade ‘’The Midnight Cry”.  He has also written the number one song ‘’Angels in the Room, and ‘’Lord it Hurts ‘’, which was 2006’s most performed gospel song as awarded by BMI.

Soul Vision
The Henderson County, N.C.,  based group has become one to watch on the national Gospel music scene. They recently had their second song on the southern gospel charts and are a favorite crowd drawing group at many area gospel concerts.

The Phillips Family
A Gaffney S.C., based family quartet, well loved both on stage and on radio. The groups songwriter, Stephen Phillips composes most of the groups songs and has had his compositions recorded by several national artists.

In case of rain the event will be moved to the Columbus Baptist Church. Please bring lawn chairs.
The event is free but a free will love offering will be taken.
For more information please call music director James Metcalf at 828-749 -3347.

– article submitted
by James Metcalf