A day-long show of gospel music is planned for this Saturday at the Monett City Hall Auditorium. Joe Levanti's Horseshoe Theater is hosting the Heir Wave Internet Radio gospel music showcase, featuring 15 gospel music acts. The performance will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Admission will be $12 for the entire day. Children's tickets will be $5.
The show will include the Ascension Quartet, of Lebanon, Canaan Bound Quartet, of Neosho, Steel Guitar Hall of Fame member Curt Shoemaker, from Ionia, Kan., Eternal Life Gospel, of Shady Point, Okla., Evidence, of Knoxville, Tenn., Gospel Music Artists Association 2008 Trio of the Year Faithful Touch Trio, of Mansfield, Tex., Full Life Trio, of Savannah/St. Joseph,Gold Harbor of Hendersonville, Tenn., Homelighters Quarte, of Circleville, Ohio, Jericho 4 Quartet, of St. Louis, the Paul family, of Buchannan, Ga., Peaceful Hearts, of Crestline, Ohio, . saxophonist Shelton Bissell, of Whitehouse, Tenn., Violet Maynard, of Columbus, Ohio, and Second Generation, of Olathe, Kan.
Heir Wave Radio was founded in May, 2008, by Daniel Graves and Tommy D Mayo. Graves runs an internet ministry from Oklahoma City, and Mayo has Southern Gospel Outreach, a promotion company based in Clarksville, Tex.
"Both Tommy and I have many years in radio broadcasting experience and he has been promoting southern gospel music for almost 45 years," Graves said. "I started GospelOK in 2006 to promote gospel music in Oklahoma."
Graves and Mayo represent both musical and spoken ministries. Their three organizations presently promote nearly 175 ministries from across the United States, Canada, and Ireland, all available for church ministry, concerts, events, and revivals.
"We chose Monett because of its central location between Branson, Joplin, Springfield, and northwest Arkansas," Graves said. "Several of the artists who we represent will be part of the Branson Gospel Music Convention next week, and since we had several of them in one place, it only seemed natural to plan this event."
There will not be any preaching at the Monett show, Graves said. Each group will be on stage about 40 minutes. There will be an open microphone from 10 a.m. till 10:45 a.m. for local gospel musicians who would like to participate. The main show will start at 11 a.m.
"We feel that the message will come through in every song in this program," Graves said.
There will be instrumental, bluegrass, southern and country gospel music. Each of the artists will have their music available for sale and they meet the public at their tables downstairs.
"We hope and pray that the program will be a blessing and we want to thank the community for allowing us to bring a great day of gospel music to your town," Graves said.
Plans are underway for the ministry to participate in a Gospel Music Border Tour in Belgium and the Netherlands in Europe next year.
The Monett program came together out of a variety of contacts. Levanti said he was introduced to the Full Life Trio by Charlie and Ramona Riley, who had performed for Levanti when he organized shows in Mt. Vernon. The Full Life Trio subsequently appeared at Levanti's shows and introduced him to Mayo.
Mayo and Graves have been in Branson making arrangements for future shows in Branson. They were interested in holding an event in southwest Missouri, but not at the end of another Branson event. Levanti said his invitation to mount a show in Monett offered the right venue for this occasion.
"If we get enough demand for more good southern gospel music or gospel music in general, I will help provide it for the Monett area," Levanti said.
The opening hour of activity on Saturday provides an unusual opporunity, Levanti said, for local music presenters to hear talent that could be signed for a future show.
"I think it's a great opportunity for churches, service clubs, senior centers and local large and small town chairpersons for their annual festivals, to audition these 15 groups all in one place for future bookings," Levanti said.
Also mention, Food and drinks are not allowed in the auditorium. Those attending can go out to eat a meal or
grab a snack and come back in to the show all day long providing they hold on to their ticket, Levanti added.