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Lee Williams & the Spiritual QCs and the Aubrey Ghent Band 

When: Sat., June 9, 3 & 7:30 p.m. 2012
Price: $35-$40

Lee Williams and the Spiritual QCs ("qualified Christians") are the top-drawing quartet in African American gospel music. The former Tupelo, Mississippi, truck driver sings calmly in a lightly raspy baritone, and his band, featuring the red-hot blues-imbued guitar work of brothers Al and Patrick Hollis, works with the singers to create hypnotic moods, especially during the one-chord vamps that end most songs. Nashville-based lap steel guitarist Aubrey Ghent is one of the giants of the "sacred steel" tradition, and his screaming high-volume solos, which mimic the sounds of singing and train whistles, are known to drive congregations to peaks of Holy Ghost ecstasy. Both groups will appear, along with Tupelo's Golden Wings Quartet and Vallejo-born organ virtuoso Moses Tyson Jr., on Saturday, June 9, at 3 and 7:30 p.m. at Parks Chapel AME Church (476 34h St., Oakland). $35-$40.

— Lee Hildebrand


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