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The Ultimate Black Tie Affair: Honoring the Legendary Dr. Edwin Hawkins 

When: Sat., Aug. 10, 5 p.m. 2013
Price: $30, $70
Oakland singer, pianist, and songwriter Edwin Hawkins changed the face of African-American gospel with his massive 1969 hit “Oh Happy Day.” Saturday’s salute to the progressive gospel pioneer boasts the most impressive assemblage of gospel music greats to have hit the Bay Area since the motion picture Gospel was filmed at the Paramount Theatre in 1982. Among the many featured artists are singer-songwriter Andrae Crouch, whose role in modernizing gospel music is comparable only to that of Hawkins, and his singing, tambourine-shaking twin Sandra Crouch; singing stars San Franklin, Lillian Lloyd, Niki Potts, Chrystal Rucker, Melonie Daniels Walker, and DeWayne Woods; The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir; and longtime Hawkins associates including Tramaine Hawkins, Daryl Coley, Yvette Flunder, Shirley Miller, Nona Brown, and Brenda Roy. The concert, at which formal attire is required, will take place at the Oakland Inter-Stake Center (4780 Lincoln Ave., Oakland).
— Lee Hildebrand


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