Gospel concert July 19 at Owen - The Mark Mathes Family to headline

"The Mark Mathes Family" visits the Owen Theatre for a gospel concert on Friday, July 19.

The inaugural gospel concert at the renovated historic Owen Theatre in downtown Seymour arrives this Friday night on the south side of the city square.

Organizers said the show starts at 7 p.m.

Doors open an hour earlier at 6 p.m.

And the admission cost?

Free.

Courtesy of event sponsors Champ Industries and Yates Boys Towing, there is no cost to attend.

The headline act will be “The Mark Mathes Family,” a group known throughout the Ozarks that previously has been nominated for a Dove Award. The group also has performed at Silver Dollar City in Branson.

Mark Mathes is the pastor at the Crossways Baptist Church in Springfield.

Additional performers have been recruited for a Southern Gospel and hymns program that is scheduled to last 2-1/2 hours. Local talent includes Linda Carpenter, the Rev. Bob Chew, Scotty Kasterke and many others.

“Our plan is simple,” explained Julie Thomas, secretary of the Seymour Area Arts Council, which owns the Owen Theatre. “An emcee for the evening will introduce small groups or even individuals, each singing one or two songs, depending on length.

“This particular event will feature Southern Gospel or hymns, while later-scheduled programs could feature contemporary praise songs, a focus on youth or other types of Christian music. We’ll have a short intermission and also get to hear a professional quartet.”

A love offering will be taken at the concert for the Mark Mathes Family.

Organizers said those who plan to attend should arrive soon after the doors open as a capacity crowd is expected.

Concessions will be available, including candy, drinks and popcorn.

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