Gospel Brunches

From WaPo, the rise of some gospel brunches:

How does this inspire you? Is this “missional”? Is this “evangelistic”? Is this “kingdom”? What is this?

If you want some God with your grits, plan to show up around 9 a.m.

That’s when the line starts forming for the first of two gospel brunches held each Sunday at the Hamilton, a nightclub that opened in December in the shell of a shuttered Borders bookstore on 14th and F streets NW.

Queues used to wrap around this corner in the name of Harry Potter. Now, the Sunday morning scrum includes churchgoers, church skippers, extended families and hung-over tourists, all eager to hear a choir deliver the good news while the assembled deliver waffles to their bellies….

The Hamilton hosts two gospel brunches every Sunday. At the morning brunch, doors open at 10 a.m., and the performance begins at 10:30. At the afternoon brunch, doors open at 12:30 p.m., and the performance begins at 1. The Hamilton’s performers change from week to week. Tickets are $30. The Hamilton is at 600 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. For information, visit www.thehamiltondc.com .

The Howard Theatre hosts one gospel brunch every Sunday. Doors open at noon for a performance beginning at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $35 in advance, $30 to $45 at the door. The Harlem Gospel Choir performs every week. The Howard Theatre is at 620 T St. NW, Washington, D.C. For information, visit www.the

howardtheatre.com .

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  • Paul

    Looks like people are enjoying a meal and music. Perhaps some good conversation on the side. Not sure I’d call it much more than that.

  • Randy

    I’m conditioned now on this blog that when I see gospel I think King Jesus. It took me a minute to realize they were talking about music.

  • Georges Boujakly

    A business venture capitalizing on people opting out of church.

  • I believe these have been going on for years at various locations of the House of Blues.