Friday, December 9, 2011

Lower Prices and Added Talent Highlight Changes To Fred Hammond Gospel Performance

Local artists Greg Peacock Featuring The LifeMusic Crew, “Sunday’s Best” contestant Chase Stancle and dancer Laassah Taylor are all jumping on the Fred Hammond line-up for his performance at DeVos Performance Hall on December 30 at 7PM. But patrons won’t have to pay more to see an upgraded lineup.

To top it off, patrons can now gain admittance for lower prices than initially announced. Ticket prices are now $25 and $40. Tickets will go up $5 on the day of show. Groups of 10 or more receive $3 off $40 tickets and $2 off $25 tickets per ticket. Tickets can be purchased at the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place box offices, Ticketmaster outlets including D&W stores and select Family Fare locations, or charge by phone: 800-745-3000.

For three amazing decades, singer/songwriter/producer/musician Fred Hammond has been a Gospel music arbiter, consistently pushing the genre into to new melodic territory. The Detroit native ascended from bass-playing sideman for The Winans; to founding member of the trendsetting sextet Commissioned; to creating the further renowned ensemble Radical for Christ, to becoming a highly influential solo artist and producer in his own right.

From traditional gospel to funk, acoustic rock and even a cappella pieces, Fred Hammond’s new 15-song set pulls from a sprawling musical palette to mold his musical messages—something the Community Inclusion Group was looking forward to when collaborating with Marvin Sapp Ministries to bring Hammond over.

Convention/Arena Authority Operations Committee member and CAA Community Inclusion Group Chairperson, Darius Quinn states that the “group's number one priority this year is to increase the number of top level events and attractions for communities of color to enjoy within our facilities (Van Andel Arena, DeVos Place Convention Center and the DeVos Performance Hall). Working in conjunction with Marvin Sapp Ministries, helps us to get closer to meeting this goal by bringing to Grand Rapids one of the all time greatest gospel singers in Fred Hammond."