By Leif Palmer
Since 1957 gospel singers from all over the world have been making a joyful noise at the annual National Quartet Convention. In 2014, the Convention found a new home in beautiful Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and performers are once again preparing to lift up their voices in the Great Smoky Mountains. The convention will take place at the LeConte Center from September 27 to October 3, 2015, and features an impressive roster of performances beginning at 9:30 each morning and ending at 11 each evening.
Daytime show passes for Wednesday through Saturday are $20 per day and give you access to all of the daytime shows you want to see. Daytime performers include One Quartet, Adam's Call, Book of Ruth, Bowlin Ministries, Conqueror's Qt., Great Day, Jonathan Bledsoe, Junior Combs & Southern Joy, Masters Promise, McNeills, Oasis, Promise Trio, Timmy Williamson the Woodsmen Quartet, and dozens more. Highlights of daytime events also include Christian comedians, a Gospel hymn sing and speakers such as Dr. David Jeremiah. Evening concerts are $30 each and begin at 5:30 p.m. These concerts are not-to-be-missed extravaganzas featuring short performances by more than 100 gospel artists throughout the four evenings. The LeConte Center has a comfortable, high-tech auditorium that boasts staggered seating and 80-inch video screens strategically placed so every attendee has a straight-on view regardless of where they are seated.
If you haven't been, the LeConte Center is a beautiful 23,000-square-foot timber-style event and exhibition hall that can seat up to 12,000 guests. The venue features free parking, free wi-fi and free tram pickup in the parking lot. It's just one block off the Parkway in the middle of Pigeon Forge. The entry to the venue borders the Little Pigeon River and Riverwalk areas with pedestrian access from the Old Mill Historic District, which is a delightful entertainment, restaurant and shopping district. This walkable shopping and entertainment complex has plenty of restaurants, shopping, entertainment, lodging, rides and games.
If you're attending the convention, don't miss special pricing for NQC guests on two performances at Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede on Tuesday, September 27, and Friday, October 2. The special concerts begin at 3 p.m. and will feature performances by Soul'd Out Quartet and Tribute Quartet followed by Dixie Stampedes New Adventure and a four-course meal. Performances conclude at 5 p.m. so guests will have time to get back to the LeConte Center for the evening performances. (Make reservations by calling the Dixie Stampede box office at (800) 356-1676.)
October is a fantastic time to visit the Great Smoky Mountains, and many Timbercreek cabins are just a short drive from the LeConte Center and all of the excitement of the convention. Whether you are visiting with a small group of friends or a large group, make your plans now to enjoy uplifting music, breathtaking vistas and the deep peace of the Smokies during the 2015 National Quartet Convention. Buy your seats online at the National Quartet Convention website and ask about special pricing for groups and church groups.
About Leif Palmer
Leif Palmer loves residing in east Tennessee. He is an avid outdoorsman: rowing for exercise on the lake, trail hiking, and free climbing rocks in the mountains. He indulges his arty side by periodically beating up pieces of marble by sculpting. He is always frustrated by his inability to sink long putts, and hates his curly hair (but his wife loves it). Leif has been known to muster enough courage to change a diaper, and hopes his son will become a chip off the old block.