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Songfest At The Grotto of the Redemption

By Staff | Jun 4, 2013

WEST BEND — Songest at The Grotto of the Redemption will feature local and regional bands. SongFest is scheduled for Sunday, June 9, in West Bend.

Starting at 2 p.m., “Higher Power”, a musical quartet from Des Moines will take the stage. According to their official biography, “Higher Power sings gospel, southern gospel, progressive gospel, and contemporary music in its concerts. A typical concert will be filled with music, ministry moments, testimony and reflectionThis quartet has been gracing fans and blessing audiences and are known for their high energy and humorous yet touching concerts. But their deepest desire is to show God’s love, grace and forgiveness through the song God has given them to sing to those who do not know Him. They want to encourage those who do know Him to come to a closer relationship with Him.”

Steve Mickelson, one of the founding members of Higher Power, is a native of Sioux Rapids. The group also performed at the Grotto’s 100th Anniversary Celebration in June 2012.

Local favorite the “Algona Cornbelt Chorus” will perform immediately following Higher Power. This chorus is made up of 40+ members living in a 60-mile radius of Algona and is directed by Jamie Kelly, High School Director of Choral Activities in Algona. The chorus is a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society and has won numerous awards at regional and national competitions. Mike Scott, member of the Grotto’s Board of Directors, is the president of the Cornbelt Chorus.

The featured entertainment of the evening is the Benson Family Singers. The group features a mother, father and three young sons who have their roots in barbershop and bluegrass music. With most songs performed a cappella, the group has been featured at many concerts and festivals in southern

Minnesota for several years. They recently released their second CD “Feeling Fine” which can be ordered on their website at www.bensonfamilymusic.com

Admission to SongFest is free of charge although free-will offerings are encouraged. A variety of children’s activities will be available including a climbing rock wall and a sand dig. The Knights of Columbus will also be offering a BBQ lunch from 3 to 5 p.m.

More information about the Grotto can be found on its website www.westbendgrotto.com or by finding them on Facebook. Phone calls can be directed to (515) 887-2371.