A group of people celebrating at the Empire State Plaza.

Black Arts & Cultural Festival Gospel Night

Empire State Plaza Convention Center
Black Arts & Cultural Festival Gospel Night

Gospel Night

Tribute to Denis Edney
Capital District Gospel Showcase
Friday, August 2 | 5-8 p.m.
FREE in the Empire State Plaza Convention Center

Join us At the Plaza to celebrate Dennis Lee Edney, affectionately known as “Professor.” Dennis served faithfully as an educator and Director of Music for the Congress of Christian Education Retreat Choir; the City of Albany’s Gospel Fest; and the New York State Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Observance. His unique musical gifts were well known in the Capital Region and beyond. The 2024 Gospel Showcase will celebrate the music legacy of Mr. Edney under the musical direction of Reverend Dr. Elgin Joseph Taylor, Sr.

Opening Prayer: Nalia Fulton, Duryee AME Church, Schenctady NY
Mistress of Ceremonies: Reverend Joy Howard
Riverview Male Chorus
Men of Faith
HIP-HOP and Community Praise Dancers
Kyreejay, Youth Percussionist
Authentic Worship
Sweet Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church Dance Ministry
Warriors for Christ
Metropolitan New Testament Mission Baptist
Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church Liturgical Ministry

Bag Policy for Indoor Events:
  • CLEAR plastic, vinyl or PVC bags no larger than 12" x 6" x 12" will be allowed.
  • Small clutch bags no larger than 6" x 9" will be allowed and do NOT need to be clear.
  • Larger and other types of bags will not be allowed in. There is no storage or check-in for prohibited bags. 

For patrons with young children in attendance, diaper bags are allowed and subject to search.


After Gospel Night, stop by the FREE Open House at the Egg!

Friday, August 2 | 6:00 p.m. | FREE with RSVP

Featuring: Live music by Ghost-Note, a screening of Black Panther, DJ set by Intell Hayesfield, projections by B.A. Miale, art activities with Albany Barn and Albany Public Library, & free books from The RED Bookshelf