NQC 2016: Thursday Matinee Extravaganza

NQC 2016: Thursday Matinee Extravaganza

The best showcase at the National Quartet Convention since the move to Pigeon Forge has been the Thursday afternoon Matinee Extravaganza. Rather than scheduling several themed showcases, Thursday afternoon is more like one of the evening events with some of the top groups.

This year, the line-up included the Jim Brady Trio, Kingdom Heirs, Jason Crabb, Greater Vision, the Isaacs, Hoppers, the Second Half Quartet, the Mark Trammell Quartet, the Booth Brothers, and the Collingsworth Family. Set lengths were pretty much equal and spread over two and a half hours.

On this showcase, groups typically sing their hits and avoid new material, but the Kingdom Heirs did give us a taste of their new Christmas CD singing my favorite song from that collection, “The King Of Eternity.” That was one highlight. Another was the set by the Second Half Quartet. I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but this all-star line-up is just pure class when they’re on stage together.

That was it for me. We headed home after the showcase, and I’m back in my familiar recliner in my home office as I type this.

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One highlight I didn’t mention each night was the Southern Gospel Music Hall Of Fame inductions. I like how they were spread out one per night at the evening concerts rather than all together during a showcase. I hope they keep doing them that way in future years. This year’s inductees include Peg McKamey, Carroll McGruder, Lari Goss, and Ronnie Hinson.

I enjoyed NQC this year, despite being slowed down particularly on Monday and Tuesday due to foot pain. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading these reports, and looking at my photos. Here’s a final gallery of shots from the showcase this afternoon.

David Bruce Murray

David Bruce Murray is a church music director in Ellenboro, NC. He is the author of Murray's Encyclopedia Of Southern Gospel Music and the owner of both SGHistory.com and MusicScribe.com. David plays piano for Southern Sounds Quartet and the Foothills Community Choir.

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