LARGO – The annual country-western jamboree will run Nov. 7-11 at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, 12685 Ulmerton Road.
The jamboree is Indian Rocks’ fall festival and this year it features one of the most legendary groups in Christian music history: Phillips, Craig & Dean. The event will feature music, local food vendors and the church’s corn fritters.
The fun will kick off Thursday, Nov. 7, 3 p.m., with the opening of the carnival, food tent, and Charis Christian Bookstore’s annual Jamboree Sidewalk Sale. This year the food tent will again feature food from local vendors including the First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks Food Service Team, Road Trip Café, The Smokin’ Rib Shack, Sardo’s Pizza, Mookie’s Kettle Korn, and I Love Cupcakes.
At 5 p.m., there will be an opening ceremony for the nationally renowned American Veterans Travelling Tribute, which will remain on display at Indian Rocks through Monday, Nov. 11.
The entertainment will begin Friday, Nov. 8, 7 to 8:30 p.m., with a performance by Phillips, Craig & Dean. For more than 20 years, Phillips, Craig & Dean have been encouraging and uplifting people with their inspiring praise and worship.
On Saturday, Nov. 9, the second annual Christmas Market opens in the church worship center featuring a vast array of one-of-a-kind gifts. The market runs from 1 to 9 p.m. and features products and art from local artists. The Grand Ole Gospel Opry will take over the big tent stage at 6 p.m.
One of Gospel music’s most popular quartets, The Dixie Melody Boys, will be featured Sunday, Nov. 10, 6 p.m. The quartet will share their unique, four-part harmony at the event.
Since organizing over five decades ago, The Dixie Melody Boys have enjoyed much success, including a Grammy nomination and numerous Fan Award nominations from The Singing News Magazine, Southern Gospel Music’s leading fan and trade publication. Hit releases have flowed their way in bunches, including recent releases such as “I’ll Be Living That Way,” “I Won’t Compromise,” “Welcome Home,” “Antioch Church Choir” and “I’m One Of Them.”
The thrill and excitement of performing experienced by each group member night after night is most evident at each concert. Their goal of delivering a first-class performance filled with excitement, energy and lots of great traditional, Southern Gospel Music are traits which have been instilled in each member by group leader Ed O’Neal, a 50-year Gospel Music veteran, who was inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 2004.
These characteristics, united with their desire to never compromise their responsibility to spread the Gospel through Southern Gospel Music in a professional manner have allowed The Dixie Melody Boys to firmly establish a place at the forefront of Southern Gospel Music. The group’s energy and excitement, coupled with their exceptional vocal blend is appealing to audiences of all ages, creating an exciting evening of musical pleasure.