Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul: Fairfield Four & The Campbell Brothers

9 Jun 2018
World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104


Grammy Award-winning gospel group The Fairfield Four. Photo courtesy of the artist.

In conjunction with its Center-supported project, Gospel Roots of Rock & Soul, WXPN presents the Fairfield Four and The Campbell Brothers in concert at World Café Live. Founded in 1921 in Nashville, TN, the Fairfield Four sing in the traditional African American a cappella gospel style. The Campbell Brothers are a family gospel group, composed of three brothers and one son. The brothers are practitioners of Sacred Steel African American gospel music with electric steel guitar and vocals.

Admission is free; more event info to come.

Through live performances, a radio documentary series, and a media-rich website, Gospel Roots of Rock & Soul explores the roots of gospel and its influence on secular popular music. Gospel’s stylistic elements have long been fused into secular popular musical genres, such as rock and roll, R&B, soul, and hip-hop. Other featured artists include the iconic gospel quartet Dixie Hummingbirds, the contemporary R&B and soul-influenced McCrary Sisters, the 18-voice a cappella ensemble the Fisk Jubilee Singers, and the St. Thomas Gospel Choir of the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas.