Gospel legend Shirley Caesar will be the headline attraction at the 26th annual Johnny Jackson Jr. Gospel Is Alive Celebration, which will be held at its traditional time - the Monday morning following the first weekend of Jazz Fest.
Admission is free. The concert begins at 10 a.m. Also appearing will be the Mahalia Jackson Youth Choir and the Johnson Extension Gospel Singers.
The Johnny Jackson Jr. Gospel Is Alive Celebration is the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation's annual outreach program for youth and senior citizens in the New Orleans area. The concert is also open to the public, free of charge, depending on seating availability.
The concert has been named this year in honor of one of its biggest proponents, Johnny Jackson, Jr., a longtime member of the board of directors of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, as well as a former New Orleans City Council member and former Louisiana State Representative.
At this year's event, 13 leaders of the local gospel community will be honored.
School groups are encouraged to attend - contact Don Marshall by calling (504) 558-6106.
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