Dayton, OH - There is an excitement in the air in Dayton, Ohio. After nearly a decade of dormancy, Dayton's historic Memorial Hall is once again opening it's doors. The first concert on the schedule is slated for Friday, July 30, featuring the Hoppers, Kevin Spencer, Generation of Faith, and the Penny Loafers.
In it's day, Memorial Hall was the place to be if a Gospel concert came to Dayton. Promoters like Larry Orell, Norm Livingston, Victor Seaton and Kenny Shiveley used Memorial Hall to host some of the most popular groups in Gospel Music. Some of those groups included The Kingsmen, The Cathedrals, Gold City, The Paynes and Charles Johnson and the Revivers, just to name a few.
Tim Fitzharris, of Strictly Gospel, recalls working with the Kingsmen in 2008. While talking to Ray Reese the subject of Memorial Hall came up. Reese recalled when the Kingsmen would pull up to Memorial Hall in the afternoon and people would already be lined up outside waiting to get in.
Fitzharris, who has promoted Southern Gospel concerts since 2005 says God does have a sense of humor. "When I started promoting it was always a joke that one day I would promote a concert at Memorial Hall. It was a joke because I knew it had closed and didn't allow concerts there anymore." Fitzharris goes on to say, "I had been trying to find a place to host the Hoppers and was not having the best luck. I was starting to get discouraged when someone told me they were re-opening Memorial Hall. So, the next day, I started making phone calls, leaving messages, and sending emails. Two weeks later, I was walking through Memorial Hall, in awe of the beauty of the place."
The wait is over-Gospel music is returning to Memorial Hall, a venue that has a rich history with Southern Gospel Music.
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