In celebration and honor of Black History Month, Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center will host an afternoon of gospel music with Spirit of Unity on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 4 p.m. The troupe is an interfaith performing arts group involving multiple denominations, cultures and races. Their common motivation is they love to sing inspirational songs from their ministry of music.
The group from the Hudson Valley was organized in the summer of 2005 as the brainchild of the founders, Eugene Williams (Bass), Ray Watkins (Program Director, keyboard, vocalist), along with gospel singing veteran Sharlene Stout (Director of Singers). The group consists of a Gospel Quartet, a combined singing Ensemble, and the Band which consists of Bass Guitar, Lead Guitar, Keyboards, Drums, Percussionist, Saxophone, and a specialty "Spoons” player. They specialize in traditional and contemporary gospel styles of music. Over the last 14 years they have performed at the Hudson River Arts Festival, the Dutchess County Arts Council's Annual African-American Gospel Concert, The Alexander Hamilton Celebration Concert, and The Amistad Freedom Schooner Celebration, and have played with performers like Pete Seeger and Kenny Loggins.