Gospel luminaries at Kenyon Hall, nightly thru Wednesday

That’s Pat Wright of the Total Experience Gospel Choir on stage tonight at West Seattle’s Kenyon Hall, accompanied by KH proprietor Lou Magor in an impromptu-by-audience-request performance of “Amazing Grace.” This was the first of four amazing nights of Wright and her choir visiting KH somewhat as artists-in-residence, as they get ready for a major journey:

Helping Hurricane Katrina survivors in Mississippi is a special cause for Wright and her choir, and that’s where they’re heading in a few days. During their Kenyon Hall appearances nightly through Wednesday, they’re collecting donations for Katrina relief, performing, and also talking — tomorrow night Wright continues an onstage interview with Seattle Times columnist Nicole Brodeur, who went along on one of the post-Katrina trips. Wright brimmed with emotion tonight about what they’ve seen:

Along with the interview continuation, Wright and her choir are scheduled to sing again tomorrow night; Tuesday night, they will be joined by Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron; and they’ll wrap up the four-night Kenyon Hall visit on Wednesday. You never know quite what will happen – here’s another spontaneous musical moment from tonight (Wright was asked about her favorite song; choir members joined in from the audience):

Admission is free (but as we mentioned, they’re accepting Katrina relief donations); it all starts at 7 pm each night (more info on the KH website). Kenyon Hall is one of West Seattle’s hidden treasures; you may have driven past it a zillion times – it’s in a big old house, set back from the east side of 35th next to the Westwood Florist commercial building, south of Kenyon (map).

1 Reply to "Gospel luminaries at Kenyon Hall, nightly thru Wednesday"

  • add March 18, 2008 (7:38 am)

    Thanks so much for reporting on this – would never have known about it otherwise. We took our kids last night – they had a small crowd but was it ever a delightful evening! I have always wanted to check out Kenyon Hall and finally got to do that! My middle-schooler loved Nicole Brodeur’s interview with Pat Wright, and both kids loved the music (as did we). It was an interesting and uplifting evening. I wanted my kids to understand what was still happening in Mississippi/Gulf Coast but to also get a message of hope and how individuals can make a difference.

    BTW, they are sold out for tonight’s event – expecting 110 people!!

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