OSKALOOSA — Alice’s Gospel Group serenaded a crowd at Smokey Row with soothing, uplifting music Saturday night.
All four of the band members came to set up shop early. Alice Menne, who is the leader of the band, and works with adults with special needs, said that helping others is what she enjoys most.
“The groups mission is to help others in different situations. We love doing what we are doing,” Menne said. Menne also sings at nursing homes and assisted care facilities in the area, which she has proudly done for the last 10 years. Other band members include Pastor Dave Barner, Donna DeJong and Don Rhine.
Once the performance started, there were some people moving to the beat, while others danced. One might note the music was also calming and relaxing. The music included encouraging and spiritual messages.
The group played a variety of bluegrass instruments like the acoustic guitar, auto harp, banjo, mandolin, musical saw, tambourine, spoons and sticks.
Each member of the band played a combination of gospel music including Bluegrass Gospel, and Folk songs. The group also has played at other venues including Pioneer Hall at the Iowa State Fair for the past two years. They will be preforming again this year on Aug. 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. In addition, they will perform at Nelson Pioneer Farm in Oskaloosa on July 25 at 7:30 p.m.
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