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Blackwood Quartet to sing gospel, add Elvis twist
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SPRINGFIELD — The Mars Theatre is pleased to present the legendary Blackwood Quartet on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Come listen to gospel favorites like “He Touched Me,” “Old Country Church” and “In The Garden.”

The unique twist on this show is that the Blackwood Quartet will share their history with the King of Rock and Roll.

Elvis Presley was a tried-and-true lover of his heritage — southern gospel music. Come listen to stories about Elvis and hear some of his favorite songs. This show is for gospel and Elvis fans alike.

The Blackwood Brothers Quartet was formed in 1934. Roy Blackwood, Doyle Blackwood, their youngest brother, James, along with Roy’s oldest son, R.W. Blackwood, founded the original quartet.

The Blackwood Brothers performed at camp meetings and other church and community events throughout the 1930s. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s they became well known on the radio and later in TV appearances.

The Blackwood Brothers have recorded more than 200 albums and toured 47 countries. They have won eight Grammy Awards, 27 Dove Awards and have been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Cecil Blackwood, James Blackwoodand J.D. Sumner were also founders of the National Quartet Convention. 

Cecil Blackwood passed away Nov. 13, 2000. After Cecil’s passing, James Blackwood, the only living original member of the group, decided to retire the Blackwood Brothers name. In February 2002, James went to be with the Lord.

Mark Blackwood now continues the legacy of the Blackwood Brothers through the Blackwood Quartet. Mark traveled with his dad, Cecil Blackwood, ifor many years. The Blackwood Quartet does not take its heritage in music lightly, nor the responsibility of integrity that goes with it.

Tickets can be purchased via phone, at the box office, at Springfield City Hall or online at 

For more information, call 912-754-1118.