The seventh Annual Summer Gospel Music Festival will be held July 9 featuring three prominent groups of Southern Gospel artists.
Again this year Town Crier Newspapers will be an official media sponsor and assist in the distribution of the free tickets for the event, which will be held at the Chaparral Family Campground on Middletown Road, Salem.
Singing begins at 6 p.m. and will conclude by 10 p.m. Camping and snack bar available on site.
Again this year the Keelings will be the host group for the event. The family group is well known in the area appearing at churches and events throughout northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania. They perform a popular Christmas show in Salem.
Making a repeat performance will be The Pine Ridge Boys from Charlotte, N.C. This group is led by "Big Jim" Stewart who is one of the premier bass singers in Southern Gospel music.
A second popular local group has been added to this year's lineup. Appearing for the first time at this event will be The Stevens Family, from Warren. Rich and Tami Stevens have been traveling in music ministry since 1985. They are now joined by their 16-year-old daughter, Erin, as they minister the gospel to people of all ages through a variety of musical styles. They have completed many recordings, which showcase their creative songwriting abilities. They have written songs that have been recorded by artists such as Greater Vision and The Whisnants.
The Keelings, also a family group, led by the father, Randy, sons Jeff (keyboard), Doug (bass guitar), daughter Lynn and her husband Pat, both vocalists.
Admission to the event requires a free ticket. They can be obtained by visiting
Town Crier Newspapers or sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the newspaper at 100 DeBartolo Place, Ste. 210, Boardman, Ohio 44512.
A maximum of four tickets will be given out with each request. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a limited supply. A freewill offering will be taken during the concert.