PIGEON FORGE (WATE) – The annual National Quartet Convention is returning to Pigeon Forge this year.
The premier Southern Gospel event runs from Sunday, September 25, to Saturday, October 1.
J.D. Sumner, a gospel music legend and former backup singer for Elvis Presley, founded the NQC in 1957 in Memphis, co-producing it with James Blackwood. It later moved to Nashville and has been in Louisville, Kentucky, for 20 years.
Its Pigeon Forge home is the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge, a $45 million special events facility that opened in 2013. The center’s primary space will be configured for 11,000 seats for the NQC, with no seat more than 150 feet from the stage.
Featured artists are a “Who’s Who” of Southern gospel music, and nightly concerts feature up to 20 acts. Admission information for 2015 concerts is available online at nqconline.com, by calling toll-free 1-800-846-8499 and at the door.