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Former Myrtle Beach Pavilion site to host fall gospel festival featuring Grammy winners

Old Pavilion site (copy)

A field that once housed the former Myrtle Beach Pavilion continues to host festivals. File/Richard Caines/Staff

MYRTLE BEACH — The site of the former Myrtle Beach Pavilion continues to host regional and national events since its 2006 closure, and this time it is a gospel festival going into its fourth year.

Slated for Sept. 2-3, the Myrtle Beach Waves of Praise Gospel Festival will feature live performances from pastors, local church choirs, and Grammy and Stellar Award-winning recording artists.

On the opening night of the two-day festival, Luther Barnes, a member of the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame and an ordained minister, will perform his signature songs that have won national awards.

Additionally on Sept. 2, pastor and musician Wess Morgan will feature his songs that have charted on various music lists over the years. Morgan’s single “I Choose to Worship” was featured on the compilation album “WOW Gospel 2012.”

Nationally known artists including Shirley Caesar, Detrick Haddon, John P. Kee and Damon Little will highlight the last day of the festival.

Caesar has won 11 Grammys in addition to Dove Awards and Stellar Awards since the start of her career in 1951, when she began recording with Federal Records at the age of 12.

Haddon is a vocalist who was one of the cast members in Oxygen's reality television show “Preachers of L.A.” Kee was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame in 2007, and Little is a Grammy winner and songwriter whose recent radio single “Stand Up” rose to the No. 1 spot of various music lists.

Myrtle Beach-area church choirs will also perform on both days of the festival. Organizers said there will also be food, arts and craft vendors and a kid’s zone. Admission to the festival is free.

Those who are interested in participating as a vendor are encouraged to go to the website and fill out an application.

For more information about the festival, email or call 843-450-3091.

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