The Gospel of the Blues

The Gospel of the Blues: A concert featuring Francine Reed and Friends

Local blues artists perform at a concert to benefit Epworth United Methodist Church in Candler Park.


For one night only, you can enjoy a concert that will begin with some gospel music that will encourage audience participation, and then roll into the blues that blues legend Francine Reed is famous for. Ms. Reed will be joined by her friends Lola Gulley, Sandra Hall and The Shadows. The Potluck Mass Choir will also make an appearance. All proceeds go toward Epworth’s handicap ramp project.

The concert will be Friday, January 25, 2013, at 7pm in the Sanctuary of Epworth United Methodist Church located at 1561 McLendon Ave. NE Atlanta, GA 30307. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Children 14 and under are $12, with a maximum of two (additional children in immediate family are free).

Gospel of the Blues

Gospel of the Blues

Ms. Reed grew up singing gospel music. “I can still remember my first performance when I was a three-year-old in my aunt’s church. Her name was Helen Francis, for whom I’m named, and I was so small they had to put me on the piano. I used to listen to rehearsals with her gospel choir and I’d sing ‘I Wanna See Jesus’ in front of the congregation.”

Ms. Reed has appeared with many artists, including Miles Davis, Smokey Robinson, Etta James, and Lyle Lovett, and been invited to the White House to sing. Ms. Reed lives in Atlanta and frequently performs at Blind Willie’s in Virginia-Highlands.

To purchase tickets, please go to or call the Church office at (404)525-4746.