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House of Blues – Part II
About half an hour or so after we had been seated, and made good inroads into the buffet, the house singer, an African American lady with a superb voice, came on stage. Her role was to get the audience warmed up prior to the main act, and it wasn’t long before we had forgotten out brunch and together with the rest of the audience we were soon on our feet praising the Lord. She then introduced the main guests, Apostle J L Cash & Praise.
The group consisted of the Apostle, who played keyboards and guitar, four female backing singers dressed in classic gospel singer attire of flowing peach coloured robes, an additional four backing singers, these dressed in black ‘dinner jackets and pants, a drummer and two dancers. They opened with a gospel version of Elton John’s ‘Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me’ with one of the peach robed singers taking lead vocals. As they moved on to more traditional gospel hymns Apostle Cash took lead vocals on ‘People Get Ready’ and ‘I Surrender All’ amongst others.
During the course of the performance the Apostle dedicated one of the songs to his Mother who had died earlier in the year, and to help keep her in his memory he revealed that he has had a portrait of her painted on the back of his guitar. As he introduced members of the group it was revealed that his daughter and son were also in the group, with his daughter, one of the black suited backing singers, performing two excellent solo numbers and his son being showcased on keyboard.
All too soon our Gospel Brunch came to an end and I had to discipline myself not to take another of the delicious chocolate walnut brownies as I passed the remains of the buffet after a visit to the restroom! While waiting for my wife and daughter to freshen themselves up I was pressed into service as a photographer for a couple of young ladies who wanted a few souvenir snaps and so when we arrived back downstairs after most guest had left we were surprised to be greeted by the Apostle and the members of the group who thanked us for attending and sent us on our way with their blessings.
The House of Blues is located adjacent to Cirque du Soleil at The West Side in Downtown Disney. Tickets for the Sunday Gospel Brunch are $35, and while there may be tickets available on the day I would strongly recommend booking in advance.
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