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Southwest Gospel Music Festival - Returning to MESA AZ in 2022!

Posted on August 2, 2021

Johnson City, TN - Following a hiatus in 2021 as a result of the global pandemic, IMC Concerts has announced plans to once again host the Southwest Gospel Music Festival in the city of Mesa, AZ, at the elaborate Mesa Arts Center’s Ikeda Theatre. “We were deeply saddened to postpone the SWGMF in 2021,” IMC President, Landon Beene states. “It was a very difficult decision, but with the capacity restrictions that were in place, our team felt this was the best decision to make at the time. We really missed being able to host the event in 2021, but we are thrilled to be able to have the opportunity to once again present the event the weekend of January 13-15, 2022."
 
According to IMC Concert representative Nathan Goble, all ticket holders from the 2020 event may call the Ikeda Theatre Box Office at 480-644-6500 or visit the Box Office in person to obtain tickets for the 2022 event. Those individuals may reserve seats prior to July 31. Tickets that will go on sale to the general public on Monday, August 2.
 
The 2022 Festival will be a three days, four session event, featuring many of Christian music’s most prominent and talented artists, including The Booth Brothers, The Hoppers, Legacy Five, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Tribute Quartet, Cana’s Voice, The Erwins and many others. A complete schedule of the weekend’s festivities is available at www.SouthwestGospelMusicFestival.com.
 
Complete information regarding the Southwest Gospel Music Festival, as well as other events presented by IMC Concerts is available at www.IMCconcerts.com or by calling 1-877-392-9710.
 
Make plans now to be a part of the 2022 Southwest Gospel Music Festival on January 13-15 in Mesa, AZ, at the beautiful Mesa Arts Center Ikeda Theatre.

IMC Announces Praisfest announces BIG GROWTH to celebrate 10 Year Anniversary

Posted on April 19, 2021

Johnson City, TN – Praisefest Branson has enjoyed a decade of success. In celebration of the event’s 10-year anniversary, IMC President, Landon Beene, has announced plans to present a week-long event in 2022 at the elaborate Mansion Theatre. This is the same location where the event originated in 2012. 

According to Beene, the event will take place over six days – March 14-19, 2022 – and feature more than 25 of the country’s most popular singers, musicians, and speakers. This lineup highlights many of the same artists that are featured annually, including Greater Vision, Legacy Five, the Booth Brothers, Triumphant Quartet, and The Hoppers. Joining this already-impressive lineup are several new faces to this event, including Sandi Patty, David Phelps, Babbie Mason, Veritas, The Martins, and Cana’s Voice. The event will also feature noted speaker, Dr. David Jeremiah, and well-known comedians, Ken Davis and Mark Lowry. Also, a special celebration will take place on Wednesday evening, March 16th, that features a 300-plus voice choir comprised of choral members from numerous states, including Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, and Illinois. This incredible variety will ensure that there is something present for everyone in attendance. 

According to IMC representatives, Praisefest Branson Spring 2022 is being presented as two separate events. This will offer fans the option to attend either Branson Spring Prelude, which takes place March 14 – 16, or Branson Spring Encore, which will be held March 17 – 19. Fans also have the option of attending all six days.

“For the last few years, this event has been sold out,” states IMC representative Nate Goble. “We want to give people that haven’t been able to come before the opportunity to enjoy this event. By providing two events back-to-back for a week-long event, we will be able to provide more opportunities to service this demand.”

“We are thrilled to be making this a week-long opportunity for the fans of Gospel music,” Beene adds. “People love their time in Branson and have found it to be a great economical get-away without having to travel too far. There is no other event of this size and nature offered within a 500-mile radius, making this the largest event of its kind for this geographical region.”

Perfectly situated on Expressway Lane, the Mansion Theatre features free on-site parking, and in recent years, has invested in major renovations. Additionally, in an ongoing effort to provide quality productions, the 2022 event will feature state-of-the-art IMAG video screen projection, so that fans may have an exceptional view of the artists on stage. Organizers say this has been a request of event patrons for quite some time. IMC is very excited to be able to offer this for the 2022 event.

Registration and ticket sales have just been opened to the public. Due to pre-renewals of annual pass holders, the best seats are going fast. “We are looking forward to another sold-out event, so we are encouraging those wishing to attend to plan early. We are also very excited that the town of Branson has announced the expiration of their mask mandate, so our attendees will not be required to wear a mask if they do not wish to do so,” Goble explains.

Current ticket holders are encouraged to call right away to obtain seating upgrades to new seating that has just been opened. Tickets are on sale now for all events. Event registration and complete information is available by calling 800-965-9324 or visiting  www.PraisefestBranson.com

 

IMC's GMC New England Cruise POSTPONED until 2021!

Posted on May 21, 2020

Our team, the artists, along with Inspiration Cruises, has carefully been monitoring this situation with COVID-19 and praying about what God would have us do regarding the safety of our passengers on the upcoming Canada/New England Cruise. On Wednesday, Holland America announced that, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, they have decided to cancel our itinerary as well as several others for the remainder of 2020. Isn’t that just like God to give us our answer? Although we have all been looking forward to this time since the cruise was announced last year, we also know that this is a reminder that God is in control. Nothing surprises God!

 

So, where do we go from here? Our team, the Gospel Celebration artists and the great staff at Inspiration Cruises have made quick preparations to make this as seamless as possible for you. Over the last two days, we have been able to solidify plans to simply postpone our trip to next year with the dates of Sept 4th– 11th, 2021 on the same ship with the same itinerary, same pricing AND the same artists! Your reservation is already intact, and we have your same cabin held for you. There is nothing you need to do except change your flight plans and lodging! We hope you will still be able to join us for this fantastic journey into Canada/New England.

 

However, if for some reason you are just not able to join us next year, there is no reason to worry. Simply call the offices at Inspiration Cruises, and we will give you a full refund. Or, if you would rather cruise with us to the Caribbean in February 2021 instead, please ask Inspiration to transfer your reservation. Any difference in cruise fair will be given back to you. We are optimistically looking to the future and trusting in God that this pandemic will be resolved by the end of this year and we can once again celebrate together. One thing is for sure, when we do cruise again, we will be sailing on the cleanest ships with the safest environment ever in the history of cruising.

 

We care about our passengers, and you are family. We want to make sure we are taking good care of you and hope that you will trust us to look out for your wellbeing just as we are in the handling of this situation. 

 

The Gospel Music Celebration Cruise brand is dedicated to bringing you the very best in Gospel Music on the very best ships, along with the very best team in Christian travel, Inspiration Cruises. We WILL cruise together again…we will laugh together, we will worship together, we will cry together, we will EAT, we will cry, we will eat again and then we will cry again, because we ate again – BUT, we WILL CELEBRATE TOGETHER AGAIN. What a celebration we will have when the day comes that we are together again because of the goodness and faithfulness of God. That is why we call it the Gospel Music Celebration Cruise!

IMC Announced Cruise SOLD OUT in 4 days time!

Posted on September 12, 2019

Johnson City, TN - Last week, IMC Concerts and Inspiration Cruises announced the on-sale date for an exciting cruise through New England and into Canada. This new destination for Gospel Music Celebration is to commemorate its 10-year anniversary.  After just four days, IMC President, Landon Beene, has announced that the Gospel Music Celebration Cruise, set to sail September 5-12, 2020, has sold out. “We are thrilled with this news,” Beene states. “Although our cruises almost always sell out, we have never had a cruise to sell out in just four days time. I am overwhelmed, but I am even more proud that our passengers have decided to return to Gospel Music Celebration year after year.” 
 
Steve Dick, Owner and President of Inspiration Cruises echoes the excitement of Beene. "What an amazing couple of days…to sell out the Canada & New England Gospel Music Celebration cruise in record breaking time! Working with Landon Beene and his group of artists is always a privilege for Inspiration Cruises & Tours,” Dick states.
 
Those still interested in being a part of the 2020 Canada & New England Gospel Music Celebration Cruise are encouraged to contact Inspiration Cruises to be placed on the wait list. “It’s very early, and the Cruise doesn’t sale for a year,” Beene added. We anticipate cancellation, so we encourage those interested in traveling with us to reach out to Inspiration to be added to the wait list.”
 
Beene also states that plans are already in the works for another New England Cruise. “We have wanted to offer this itinerary for quite a while but it was important that we wait for the right time.  Gospel Music Cruises is known for our rotating itineraries. We travel to many different destinations, and we will definitely be planning to return to New England either in 2022 or 2023,” Beene states.
 
IMC offered its first cruise option to Southern Gospel Music lovers in 2010. Over the past 10 years, Gospel Music Celebration cruises presented by IMC and Inspiration Cruises have historically sold out as Southern Gospel Music lovers have enjoyed trips to such picturesque destinations as the Caribbean, the Mexican Riviera, Alaska and Hawaii.
 
As Beene stated prior to the on-sale date for the Canada & New England Cruise, the newest destination offered by IMC, limited cabins are available for this exciting Gospel Music Celebration, and Beene was not surprised that the event sold out; however, he was surprised at how quickly it did sell out. “Space is limited to only 650 passengers, so we expected this cruise to sell out very quickly, and we encouraged Southern Gospel Music lovers to book their reservations early; however, I must admit that I had no idea it would sell out this quickly. We are thrilled,” Beene says. 
 
The 2020 Canada New England Gospel Music Celebration will feature many of the most popular groups in Southern Gospel Music, including the Booth Brothers, The Collingsworth Family, Greater Vision, Legacy Five and Triumphant Quartet, as well as fan favorite, renown speaker, Dennis Swanberg.
 
To obtain complete information about the 2020 Canada & New England Gospel Music Celebration and to be placed on the wait list for this exciting event, call 888-245-4284 or visit www.GospelMusicCelebration.com.

IMC Announces New GMC Cruise Itinerary to New England & Canada

Posted on September 3, 2019

Johnson City, TN - Southern Gospel Music lovers will have another option for cruising on the high seas in 2020. IMC Concerts has announced plans for the Gospel Music Celebration to set sail  through New England and into Canada. This new destination for Gospel Music Celebration is to commemorate its 10-year anniversary. 
 
IMC offered its first cruise option to Southern Gospel Music lovers in 2010. Over the past 10 years, Gospel Music Celebration cruises presented by IMC and Inspiration Cruises have historically sold out as Southern Gospel Music lovers have enjoyed trips to such picturesque destinations as the Caribbean, the Mexican Riviera, Alaska and Hawaii. “For many years we have enjoyed a wonderful relationship with Steve Dick and the great staff at Inspiration Cruises,” states IMC Concerts and GMC President, Landon Beene. “We have partnered with Inspiration to provide the best experience for our passengers from the point of reservation until our passengers walk of the ship. We are delighted to offer this trip to a new destination.” 
 
The Gospel Music Celebration Canada New England Cruise will set sail aboard Holland America’s MS Amsterdam from historic Boston, MA, on September 5 and will return to Quebec City, Canada on September 12 with stops in Bar Harbor, ME, Halifax Nova Scotia, Sydney, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. “Boston and the New England area have such a rich history,” Beene states. “Additionally, it is a beautiful area, especially in the fall of the year. We are delighted to offer this option as a new destination. In fact, it is something our passengers have asked us to offer. We always listen to our passengers and take their requests into consideration when planning trips. There was such an overwhelming success to our first cruise we planned 10 years ago to the Mexican Riviera, then our travelers wanted to go to Alaska, then the Caribbean, then Hawaii. Trips to those destinations have been so successful so we felt it was time to take our friends on a journey of a lifetime to the beautiful New England region. We are looking forward to another sold out Gospel Music Celebration.”
 
As Beene states, limited cabins are available for this exciting Gospel Music Celebration. “Space is limited to only 650 passengers, so we expect this cruise to sell out very quickly. We encourage Southern Gospel Music lovers to book their reservations very soon,” Been says. 
 
The 2020 Canada New England Gospel Music Celebration  will feature many of the most popular groups in Southern Gospel Music, including the Booth Brothers, The Collingsworth Family, Greater Vision, Legacy Five and Triumphant Quartet, as well as fan favorite, renown speaker, Dennis Swanberg.
 
Make plans now to be a part of the 2020 Canada New England Gospel Music Celebration, which sails September 5-12.  Reservations will be accepted beginning at 10:00am (Central) on Monday, September 9. To obtain complete information call 888-245-4284 or visit www.GospelMusicCelebration.com