MOUNT VERNON — Gospel Music Day will be held at Ariel-Foundation Park on Sunday starting at 4 p.m. in the Schnormeier Event Center. The event is free.

Guests may bring their own chairs or use those provided by the park.

Chestnut Ridge and the Kevin Prater Band will alternate musical sets throughout the afternoon until around 8 p.m.

Chestnut Ridge is a bluegrass/gospel group from central Ohio. They have been playing together for more than a decade and have a strong following young and old. While they primarily play gospel, they also like to add some traditional bluegrass tunes. The group has been seen all over Ohio and surrounding states. They have made numerous CDs and videos are on Youtube.

Members are Jeanell Branstool on mandolin and vocals; Jim Dunfee on guitar and vocals; Mickey Holback on banjo and vocals; Rex Hackley on dobro; Duane Hardesty on bass; and Peter Streiber on fiddle.

Kevin Prater began his musical journey at the age of 4, encouraged and mentored by his uncle. He formed his first band at age 10, which enjoyed 11 years of touring. Now, 30 years later, millions of miles, playing in 49 states and 23 countries, he now leads the self-titled band from the hills of Appalachia, creating his pure Kentucky sound.

The band started picking together again and working on new music with a couple of local musicians, playing their first show in 2009. Prater has been blessed to showcase his many talents throughout his amazing career. His solid rythmn and lead is a driving force of the KPB sound. His vocals are the backbone of the group, which the music is built around. Kevin has surrounded himself with veterans of bluegrass music, enabling them to create their unique style of bluegrass and gospel music for which they are quickly becoming famous.

Members include Danny Stiltner on bass and vocals; Tom Timberlake on banjo, guitar and lead vocals; Jake Burrows on banjo and dobro; Adam Burrows on fiddle and vocals; and Prater on a variety of instruments and vocals.

Steeped in the tradition of gospel music, they pride themselves on the a capella hymns and great gospel songs that people have come to enjoy. The band also includes classic country and vintage rock in their repertoire, ensuring no two shows are the same.

Food vendors will be on hand starting at 3 p.m. and will include Road Hog Willie’s, Domino’s and Whit’s Frozen Custard. No outside food or beverages may be brought into the Event Center. Pets and smoking are prohibited in the event center and within the fence surrounding it.

KAT will offer shuttle service at several pick up points throughout the city, starting around 3 p.m., including Evergreen Apartments, Beechtree Apartments, The Arbors, Hiawatha Senior Village Park, JJ Ashburn Plaza, Public Square, Hiawatha Pool, Dan Emmett, Pleasant Street and Riverside Park. KAT will take event-goers back to the same locations after the concert.

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