Asti Gospel 1999







On December 22nd and 23rd the black gospel music will be waiting for you with concerts, workshops and jam sessions!
International artists will meet together for the main Italian festival dedicated to Gospel, Soul and Spirituals.

Asti, December 7th 1999. What expectations for this 5th edition of Asti Gospel! After one year of break, there will be two days of black music presented by some of the main artists of the spiritual, gospel and soul seen.
Asti Gospel has become the most important Italian festival where gospel music finds its best value. This year the program will be varied and full of appointments: not only the traditional evening concerts, the artists will present workshops and confront themselves with the local musicians (and with the audience) during the night jam sessions.
The reason why the festival has found so much approval among the audience is its dual goal: on one side to spread the Gospel music bringing to Italy famous artists of absolute professional and technical level, on the other side to discover and appreciate local musicians and singers that, without being part of the world wide circuit of Gospel music, try to reproduce with elegance its spirit and its themes.
With the legal aid of the Ministerio dei beni e delle attività culturali, Asti Gospel will be held on December 22nd and 23rd. It's a season when, just before the Christmas celebration, gospel music is especially appreciated. Among the artists:
Rev. Jessy Dixon & The Chicago Gospel Singers. Pastor Jessy Dixon is a main character in the gospel music world; he's won 7 Grammy Awards, and he's worked with Paul Simon, Leo Sayer, Natalie Cole, Diana Ross, Randy Crawford and the Toto. At Asti Gospel he will present a group of International fame with 8 black singers from the famous gospel choir of Chicago.
The Soul Stirrers of Chicago. An historical group of the Soul world that has been playing for more that 50 years; since its foundation in Texas at the end of the 20's, many famous musicians have been playing in the band, among whom Sam Cooke. From 1989 the group has been framed in the famous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Tony Hooper & The Mississipi Madcuts. Tony is born in a pentecostal family in Mississipi, and started to play the guitar at the age of seven. When he was 12 he had his first concerts playing a kind of southern gospel style that recalled that of Chet Atkins. In 1995 he founds the group Mudcats and starts his world tour. Very soon they present their first album, Month of Sundays (UCA Records). At Asti Gospel they will be presenting the new album "The Sheperd's Field" (Cross Peace Music).
La Verne Jackson. She's musically born in the Morning Start Baptist Church (at the age of three she was singing in the Children's Choir!) and brought up in the Pilgrim Baptist Church Choir of Chicago (Illinois). While performing she also attanded university gaining a degree in "Fine and Performing Arts". A part from concerts, TV and radio programs, La Verne Jackson organises workshops and seminars on gospel music all around the world with the goal of communinating to the new generations the culture and the roots of the soul's music. At Asti Gospel, in the afternoons programs she will be helding a workshop with the creation of an improvised gospel choir that will open the evening concer on the 23rd. Her performance, full of emotions and spirituality will be accompanied at the piano by Pippo Guarnera.

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Wednesday December 22nd 1999


Thursday December 23nd 1999
  • 5.00 PM - c/o Chiesa Cristiana Evangelica, Via Parini 6
    WORKSHOP on negro spirituals, blues and gospel music (2nd part)
    with La Verne Jackson and Pippo Guarnera Free entrance (please call in for reservation)

  • 9.00 PM - Teatro Politeama
    with La Verne Jackson and Pippo Guarnera,
    the choir formed at the workshop,
    and The Soul Stirrers of Chicago
    Entrance ticket: L. 27.000
    Dress Gallery I: L. 20.000
    Uppercircle II: L. 17.000

  • 11.30 PM - Akhenaton Music Tonight
    with Gospel Sound and other surprise guests.
    Free entrance, compulsory drink order


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