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Folklife director to present gospel group at D.C. concerts

Northern Kentucky Brotherhood

Northern Kentucky Brotherhood

Brent Björkman, director of the Kentucky Folklife Program based at WKU, will present the Northern Kentucky Brotherhood, a Covington-based a cappella gospel group, at two special performances in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday (Aug. 7).

Björkman will present the group at noon at the Library of Congress as part of the Homegrown Concert Series and at 7 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.

“This is a wonderful opportunity and great honor to be presenting these exceptional performers from our great Commonwealth,” Björkman said. “The Northern Kentucky Brotherhood are inventive mindful caretakers of the jubilee-style, a cappella gospel sound they have been honing and sharing for nearly 30 years. The Brotherhood’s five-voice quartet sound (one lead and four harmony vocalists) was formed out of the renowned Ninth Street Baptist’s Church Men’s Choir by Ric Jennings, who still leads the group today.”

Between the performances Björkman will be interviewing Jennings and the other members of group about their lives in gospel music.

Contact: Brent Björkman, brent.bjorkman@wku.edu.

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