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Gospel concert is a night for giving thanks

Quartet Revived calls it a Night of Thanksgiving — a gospel concert to bring people together.

The concert will be held at the Lawrence County High School gym Nov. 30 at 713 W. Thomas E Jolly Drive in Monticello. Doors will open at 4 p.m.

Tyrone Porter was an original member of the Christianairs, a national gospel group. He founded Quartet Revived with the mission to preserve the legacy of the quartet.

“It goes back to the 1800s,” Porter said. “Our dream and goal was to never allow the legacy of those men that performed that art — that genre of music — to die.”

The concert will feature some big names in gospel music, and guest comedian Deacon 2 Save. Torrez Harris will be masters of ceremony. A pre-show choir competition will take place at 5 p.m. The first place winner will receive a $500 cash prize.

Advanced tickets are $20. Tickets at the door will be $25. VIP tickets are $30, and tickets for children age 6-11 are $5 at the door. For VIP ticket holders, a giveaway will be held for a 52-inch television.

Quartet Revival is also giving back. They’ve asked 13 area churches to select a family in need to receive a gift basket for the event.

Staff and patients or residents at the Lawrence County Nursing Center and the Fresenius Kidney Center will also be able to freely attend the concert. Porter said he got the idea after his own experiences with cancer, where he lost both of his kidneys.

“It allowed me to see another side of life where other people are going through the same thing, and I never realized it,” he said. “God made them a part of my family. I’m grateful to be able to include them and make them a part of this event.”

Porter said the concert promises to be a big one, with over 1,500 people attending last year’s event.

“It gives people something to look forward to for the holidays,” he said. “Most people have family in and they want to go somewhere.”

Porter emphasized that people from all races and backgrounds are welcome to the concert.

“We are having a number of white Pentecostal churches that’s involved coming in and doing the prayer,” he said. “I think it’s important that we don’t limit God’s love… You limit yourself because you’re putting limitations on God.”