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The Holy Hill Praise Dancers return to the annual Milwaukee Gospel Jubilee, Friday, March 8 at the Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall in the Marcus Center. (PHOTO: Kelsea McCulloch)

Sixth annual Gospel Jubilee continues to testify for a great cause

For the sixth straight year, the Milwaukee Gospel Jubilee will bring together local gospel performers working in a variety of musical styles to benefit Progressive Community Health Centers, which provide medical, dental and integrated behavioral health services to underserved and uninsured Milwaukeeans.

The Jubilee takes place Friday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts' Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall, 929 N. Water St., and will include Holy Hill Praise Dancers, Arias Walker, Spiritual Tones and Sounds of Faith.

Gospel singer Julia Prescott will emcee the event.

John Sieger – of The R&B Cadets, Semi-Twang, The Subcontinentals, etc. – started the event in 2013. Sieger is a Progressive Community Health Centers board member.

"I got involved with gospel music in a roundabout way," Sieger says. "A friend was playing bass and asked me to help out. The group was one of Milwaukee's best, The Masonic Wonders. I was pre-sold on the music – it's the basis of everything I love – but I was surprised by the communal nature at the services. The hat often went around for members who were in need and the power of the music was (and is) a healing force.

"When I joined the board of Progressive Community Health Centers, I was struck by the similarities of their missions. Together these two great institutions minister to body and spirit for people most in need. This show does more than raise money, it's guaranteed to lift your spirits and may even elevate the roof of Vogel Hall a little bit! So please join us for another electrifying performance by Milwaukee's great homegrown gospel groups – you'll be glad you did."

Tickets for the show are $25 and benefit a great cause; Progressive served about 9,000 patients in 2015. Tickets can be had at 144 E. Wells St., online at marcuscenter.org or by calling the box office at (414) 273-7206.


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