OLEAN, NY – Local musicians Terry Bellamy, Martin McCall and Chris Spiller will be featured in a Father’s Day Blues Concert sponsored by the Greater Olean Association of Churches and the African American Center for Cultural Development.
The concert, scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, will be at the Bethany Lutheran Church Pavilion, 6 Leo Moss Drive. The concert is a joint effort between the executive board of the Greater Olean Association of Churches and the African American Center for Cultural Development.
While no concert admission fee will be taken, freewill offerings will be accepted to help fund center programs, which include mentoring, raising awareness of racial issues, and the center’s museum of items and artifacts highlighting African-American culture.
The Rev. Kim Rossi, pastor of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and GOAC president, organized the festival with the help of the GOAC’s executive board.
“As an offering to the community, I hope people enjoy it, so we can bring it back again next year,” Rossi said.
Della Moore, who is the center’s director and a member of the GOAC executive board, noted that the two organizations work well together.
“We have worked with them on projects before and the board came up with the idea and they have been so helpful,” Moore said.
Earlier this year the two organizations closed Black History Month with an African American Heritage Weekend that included a Saturday showing of “Selma, Lord, Selma” at St. Stephen’s and a Sunday panel discussion at the center. Moore described the weekend as two days of thought-provoking conversation and raising awareness of racial issues.
The center is temporarily housed in the former Showers United Methodist Church on West State Street.
Free water and popcorn will be provided. The organizers said they would consider the event successful if a crowd of 30 came. And they added 100 attendees would be even nicer.