Gospel Music Festival to take over Peoria Riverfront

By WEEK Reporter

August 12, 2013 Updated Aug 12, 2013 at 10:13 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Local residents are getting a chance to capture the spotlight during the River City Soul music festival.

Several people have signed up to sing in the huge mass choir, which typically opens the Gospel music festival Friday night.

For several weeks, the group has been rehearsing with participants from many local churches.

Some participants are vying for a spot in "Peoria's Best," the gospel version of "American Idol."

Coordinator Janet Davis said music lovers will get a different flavor at the festival this year.

"Peoria's Sunday Best and we have four contestants that are left, they will perform on the Riverfront and when they perform the community will pick the winner. The winners will receive money and recording time," said Davis.

The River City Soul Fest features Gospel recording artist Earnest Pugh on Friday, August 16.

On the Saturday, August 17, R&B Group Mint Condition will light up the stage on Peoria's Riverfront.

Doors open at 6 p.m. both nights. For tickets, contact Janet Davis at (309) 264-3041.

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