Entries tagged with “Blockbuster Showdown”.


2012 New Year's CelebrationThere are programs that happen each year that you can actually plan your quartet gospel calendar around. For instance, anyone involved with quartet gospel know that on the First Sunday in October, all roads lead to Augusta for The Swanee Quintet’s Anniversary. And, for over 30 years the Blockbuster Showdown has taken place in Florence, South Carolina during the first part of March. Likewise, each valentine weekend, quartet gospel enthusiasts journey to Albany, Georgia, for the Family Reunion Fest. Don’t forget the Mississippi Burning near the end of May. The Burning has been a mainstay on the Gospel Quartet concert calender for over 27 years.

And, of course there is the American Gospel Quartet Convention held the third (3rd) week of January in Birmingham, Alabama. This will be the twentieth (20th) year for the Convention. The “2012 AGQC will exhibit a strong atmosphere with a mixture of church and music industry presentations, seminars, record company showcases, special luncheon, and powerful preaching.”

Another annual event is the New Year’s Day program sponsored by Loretta Coleman in Columbia, South Carolina. January 1, 2012, will be the twelfth (12th) year for the program. The 2012 program is headlined by Doc McKenzie & The Hi-Lites. Joining the Doctor will be The Fantastic Violinaires, The Sensational Nightingales, The Legendary Singing Stars, Lil’ David & The Bells Of Joy, Lil’ Sonny & The Peacemakerz, Faithful, Rev. Mathew Mickens & The New Highway Travelers, and God’s Bless.

What a FANTASTIC way to begin the new year.

The Blockbuster Showdown was the place for gospel quartet enthusiasts on Saturday, March 6, 2010. Gospel quartet fans gathered from all over the country (and from abroad) for this annual event. This was the 30th year for the Blockbuster. The promoter and all those involved in putting the program together ensured that it was memorable.

The Blockbuster Showdown 2010

Over six thousand were treated to some of the best groups in the quartet gospel genre. The lineup included The Williams Brothers, The Gospel Four, Lee Williams & The Spiritual QC’s, Doc McKenzie & The Hi-Lites, Darrell McFadden & The Disciples, Paul Porter, The Swanee Quintet, Luther Barnes & The Sunset Jubilaires, The Brooklyn All Stars, The Gospel Legends, Lil’ David & The Bells Of Joy, The Brown Brothers, God’s Sons, and Iris & Made Men.

If you want a young crowd-pleaser for your next program consider God’s Sons. The members are in their early teens and younger. Iris & Made Men (from Laurinburg, NC) were the winners of the ON THE WAY TO THE BLOCKBUSTER showcase that took place Friday, March 5, 2010. As the winner, they got to perform at the Blockbuster Showdown. Those that attended the showcase were also treated to music from The Virginiaires of Chesapeake, Virginia.

The Gold Cup went to The Williams Brothers. After they called Lee back on stage to sing Cooling Water with them, there was no doubt who would win. Other winners were Lee Williams & The Spiritual QC’s (2nd place), Doc McKenzie & The Hi-Lites (3rd Place), and The Gospel Legends (4th place). The real winners, however, were those that attended the concert. It started on time. It ended before midnight. All the groups got to sing without being rushed. And, several of the groups really ministered. They were not there for a ‘show.’ They came to praise the Lord in songs, and several groups did just that.