History of Asbury Park
ASBURY PARK HISTORICAL SOCIETY TO HONOR ONE OF THE CITY’S GREATEST GOSPEL GROUPS WITH HUGE GOSPEL CONCERT
Missionary Jubilaires gave spiritual inspiration to Asbury Park’s African American community for 40 years
In the Spring of 1948, several young men gathered at James Burks’ home on Union Avenue in Asbury Park and started singing gospel music. That was the start of the Missionary Jubilaires, a hugely popular vocal ensemble that served the spiritual needs of local African-American churches for the next 40 years.
At 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 28, as part of its ongoing project to document and recognize the cultural legacy of the West Side, the Asbury Park Historical Society will honor the Missionary Jubilaires with a huge gospel benefit concert.
“If you missed our Soul Of Asbury Park concert at the Paramount Theatre in 2011, then you really missed something special! So, you should probably not miss our second concert honoring the music of Asbury Park’s West Side,” Historical Society President Don Stine said.
The concert will take place at the Jersey Shore Arts Center at 66 South Main Street, Ocean Grove, NJ, just a few blocks from where the Missionary Jubilaires first began.
Tickets are $20 in advance ($25 at the door) and are available through the "Buy Now" button above. Tickets can also be purchased at the Asbury Galleria in the Convention Hall Arcade on the boardwalk and at the Stephen Crane House, 508 Fourth Avenue, on Sundays from noon to 4:30 p.m. beginning Sunday, August 4. Tickets are also available at the Jersey Shore Arts Center office.
In keeping with the group’s tradition of quartet style singing, the gospel concert will emphasize vocal harmon y, with several groups singing acappella.
Former members of the Missionary Jubilaires have been contacted and invited to attend.
Headlining will be Frankie Davis, lead tenor of the world famous Golden Gate Quartet. Davis, who also led the Soul Stirrers during the 1990’s, will be backed by the Mighty Stars of Portsmouth, Virginia. Also up from Virginia will be a spectacular vocal group called King David’s Harp.
Representing Asbury Park, will be world-traveled gospel recording star, Tyron McAllister, along with his three young sons, the Sons of Thunder. The popular acappella group, Quiet Storm, will sing an all gospel set. From South Jersey, there’ll be two vocal groups, the Spiritual Five and Brothers In Christ.
The concert will be produced and emceed by music historians Pam and Charlie Horner of Classic Urban Harmony. The concert is a fundraiser to benefit the Asbury Park Historical Society’s efforts to save the Stephen Crane House on Fourth Avenue.
To download the concert poster for this event, click here. (Please feel free to print the poster for your own use)