Free Gospel/Bluegrass Concert on November 4
"Missing Pieces" a local Blue Grass/Southern Gospel band will hold a free community concert on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 6 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church, 324 Madison Street, Jefferson City.
The group harmonizes on Christian and Southern Gospel music that is “missing” from current hymnals. Some of the old-time favorites to be featured are "I'll Fly Away," "Will the Circle Be Unbroken," "Uncloudy Day" and "Kneel At the Feet of Jesus." The group also will play some instrumental tunes such as bluegrass instrumental "Down Yonder" and a Prairie Home Companion version of "Your Light From the Lighthouse."
"Missing Pieces" is comprised of seven local musicians who first began playing together in May 2016. However, several members of the group have played together in various combinations and venues both in and out of the church scene since 1993. All are accomplished individual musicians.
Tim Gaines, lead guitar, is a well-known local musician who plays regularly at Shawnee Bluff Winery at Lake Ozark, Wildlife Ridge Winery near Smithton, Old Kinderhook in Camdenton and at the annual January NAIAS Auto Shows in Detroit.
John Howland, banjo and vocals, is the general manager of "Missing Pieces." He has played banjo accompaniment for the Jefferson City High School operetta, Little Theatre, and Cantorum. He is a former member of the “Wakarusa River Band” of Eudora, Kansas, and currently sings in the First Presbyterian Church choir.
Rosemary Hutson, vocals, honed her ability to harmonize during a long career with "Sweet Adelines" and as a member of First Presbyterian Church choir.
Matt Morris, guitar and vocals, has performed in numerous community theatre productions, the First Presbyterian Church choir, and is a current participant in the praise band. He and Howland have performed guitar/banjo duets at Living Windows, Robert Burns Dinner and other venues since the early 90’s.
Emma Ray, lead vocal and piano, sang in the performance choir at Westminster College and with the First Presbyterian Church choir.
Donna Rehagen, fiddle and vocals, is the choir director at St. Joseph Catholic Church and an accomplished fiddler. She played for several years with the local, country band "Shiloh" and currently plays with "360 Shooters" band.
Bonnie Verdot, string bass, is a long-time participant in Jefferson City Symphony. She also gives private music lessons and plays in theatre pits and other musical events.
There is no admission fee or ticket required for the performance. However, non-perishable food items or a free-will cash donation to support the First Presbyterian Church Food Pantry may be donated at the door.
Parking is available behind the church off Wall St. (between the church and Hawthorne Bank) Handicapped parking is available on Wall St. For more information about the concert, call First Presbyterian Church at 573-636-2149.