My good friend Michael Jackson, who is the outgoing executive director of St. Vincent’s House in Galveston, is going out with a bang!

For the first time ever, the 13th annual Gospel by the Sea will be on the mainland at 6 p.m. Saturday at Greater St. Matthews Baptist Church, 6333 state Highway 6, in Hitchcock.

This year’s gala event, “Pastors of Song,” will feature well-known Galveston County pastors and their choirs. That includes the host church and the Rev. William Randall, the Rev. Andrew Berry II and Greater Barbours Chapel Baptist Church, the Rev. Harold Block and the Church of the Living God, the Rev. A.L. “Sandy” Bell and the First Baptist Church, Emmanuel and Shirlyn Thomas of God’s Kingdom and Restoration Ministries, the Rev. Ray Pinard of Moody First United Methodist Church, the Rev. David Everson and the First Union Baptist Church and Apostle Sadallie Cole Sr. of True Deliverance Ministries in Killeen.

There also will be a special guest performer and performances by St. Vincent’s Preschool Choir, the Seeds for Tomorrow and the Galveston Heritage Chorale under the direction of Izola Collins.

The Rev. Charles Hudson, the voice of KTSU and “Gospel Sunday Afternoon” on the campus of Texas Southern University, will be the master of ceremonies.

Now, the concert is always free; however, you must have a ticket.

So, if you would like a ticket or more information, call 409-763-8521, and make sure you ask for Mr. Jackson and bid him a well-deserved farewell and happy retirement!

Freddie Steady with Kam King

Texas Music Awards Hall of Famer Freddie Steady Krc and Kam King will perform at 9 p.m. today at the Old Quarter Acoustic Café, 413 20th St., in Galveston.

Krc will perform his original music, as well as some of your favorite cover songs.

To see a sample of Krc performing, visit

For tickets and information, visit or contact Krc, or 512-415-7406.

‘Big, The Musical’

One of my favorite movies has been converted into a musical, and the best part about it is that it’ll be presented for free this weekend!

Theatre Under the Stars Humphreys School of Musical Theatre will present “Big, The Musical” at 11 a.m. and 8:15 p.m. today at Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive, in Houston.

And if you can’t make it today, it’ll also be shown at 8:15 p.m. Saturday.

The show follows the main character, Josh Baskin, who wishes he were “big” and wakes up the next morning a 30-year-old man. Josh discovers that being “big” is more than he bargained for.

Get ready to dance the night away

The Salt Water Garden Club will have its annual summer dance at 7 p.m. June 21 at the MUD No. 12 Building, Neptune Drive, in Bayou Vista.

The Pee Wee Bowen Band will be featured.

Tickets are $20 per person or $35 per couple.

For tickets, because seating is limited, call Irene Henry, 281-844-0598.

Guess who’s coming to town?

Guess who’s coming to Galveston? The legendary R&B group The Whispers will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. June 21 at the Galveston Island Convention Center, 5600 Seawall Blvd., in Galveston.

The group — famous for songs such as “And the Beat Goes On” and (my favorite song of theirs) “Lady” — have been performing since 1964.

Tickets start at $67 per person and include food and beverages in the ticket price. There also will be a cash bar.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

To purchase tickets, visit, or call 877-725-8849, Bernard Crockett, 404-344-3751, or Lee Harrison, 409-739-9077.

Angela Taylor-Wilson is the community news editor for The Daily News. Have an item for Hot Ticket? Email

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