Alabama folks with a large appetite for gospel music but a small budget should make their way to West Alabama this summer.

A stellar series of five live gospel concerts starts June 23 and continues through August 4. All concerts are free, and a love offering is collected at each. They all begin at 6 p.m.

The opening night is June 23, with "Anthem Edition." It will be at Indian Mound Baptist Church in Moundville.

Moundville is famous for its historic 29 Indian Mounds, which attract archaeologists and students. It also has a Native American community, which is the primary focus of Indian Mound Baptist Church's mission. The normal Sunday attendance average of 50 worshippers is expected to explode on the night of June 23, with hundreds of outsiders coming for the musical blessing.

Each time a concert is held, some of the first-timers come back, looking for a church home.

On June 30, "5th Sunday Singers" perform with "Resound Quartet" at New Beginnings Family Worship Center in Northport. Students from the nearby University of Alabama will be joining the audience.

On July 28, "Jordan Family Band" is at Moundville Baptist Church in Moundville.

On August 3, the "Bibletones" are at Pleasant Hill Baptist in Maplesville.

The final concert is on August 4 with "LeFevere Quartet" and "Resound Quartet" at Five Points Baptist Church in Northport.  Northport is a twin city to Tuscaloosa, along West Alabama’s Black Warrior River.

The Summer Concert Series is by Jesus Jam Inc. and radio station 96.7 FM “The Blessing.”

The free concerts are sponsored by Hicks’ Builders, J.W. “Billy” McFarland, Duncan Roofing & Construction, Parts City Auto Part, Bank of Moundville, Northport Vision Center, Dr. Riley Austin, Pickens County Primary Care, Cypress Supply, Stephanies Flowers, J&R Farms and Don Wallace CPA.

The Jesus Jam performances in West Alabama are a continuing and growing yearly blessing. 

Just as Nashville became the country music capital, New Orleans became the jazz capital, Memphis became the blues capital and Muscle Shoals became the rock recording capital, West Alabama is rapidly becoming the live gospel concert capital.

“Make a joyful noise until the Lord…”

Jim ‘Zig’ Zeigler’s beat is the colorful and positive about Alabama. He writes about Alabama people, places, events, groups and prominent deaths. He is a former Alabama Public Service Commissioner and State Auditor. You can reach him for comments at

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