Blackwood Quartet entertains, inspires crowd

Crowd of 125 braves rain Saturday night at Hempstead Hall

By Rick Kennedy, managing editor
Despite rainy and cool weather outside Saturday night, inside Hempstead Hall the talents of the Blackwood Quartet kept the temperature and spirits warm as the legacy Gospel supergroup performed standards from their album, the Light of Truth, and audience requests in a brisk moving 80-minute show.
Led by Mark Blackwood, the group successfully entertained the intimate crowd of 125 with their brand of harmonies accompanied by a single piano, mixing traditional Gospel with jokes and dialogue about their worldwide tour and “microphone noise.”
Casey Shepherd doubled as the solo piano player, and often the comic foil for Blackwood’s jokes; the two were accompanied by bass signer David Mann and newcomer for the tour, Dustin Bearden.
Concert goer Joe Jenkins of Prescott said, “It was a good show; they could have played another couple of hours as far as I was concerned. It was worth the drive down in the rain. I’ve seen them many times before. They are always good.”
Afterwards, in the lobby, the group members were introduced to an 85-year-old fan, who had come up from Texarkana for her birthday; the four signers then did an impromptu performance, singing “Happy Birthday” to her as her family took photos.

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