Ever been to a gospel happy hour?
Have your chance this weekend when First Sundays hosts an afternoon of gospel music and comedy by artists from D.C. and Baltimore. This is the first Baltimore event sponsored by the event's founders Christianhangsuites.com, a D.C.-based organization that started the "party with a purpose" themed events in 2005.
"This is the place for the water cooler of sorts on Sunday,'' says Adrienne Alexander, spokeswoman for First Sundays. "There was a need for a happy hour for persons to go to when they leave church. There want to be around people of similar interests. We have Christian comedians and local and nationally recognized (music) acts,'' she said.
Pastor Jamal Bryant of Empowerment Temple of Baltimore and gospel artists Jonathan Nelson (Minister of Music at Empowerment), Byron Cage and Dave Hollister have performed at the D.C. events.
Sunday's Baltimore event at the Pur Lounge, 2322 Boston St., from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., includes such D.C. and Baltimore artists as New Harvest, Gerald Scott & Company, iNDIGO, The Matthew Sisters, Sterling, Dyron Booker & Divine Destiny, LeAne Palmore, Wilbur Nichols, Davon Steele @ Broken 4 Worship. DJ Bam will spin the best in Christian Club, House, Urban Gospel & Holy Hip Hop.
Alexander says the organization hopes to start other affiliate programs in Atlanta, Chicago and Detroit, similar to First Fridays, social networking parties held throughout the U.S.