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BET to Host Gospel Explosion

Prepare for spiritual shockwaves when the BET Gospel Explosion descends upon Paramount's Kings Dominion on July 16-17. The lineup for this family-oriented weekend of fun includes a Christian comedy show with side-splitting laughs from comedians Hamburger and Michael Washington and concert performances by some of the hottest names in gospel. Bringing down the house in two gospel concerts are Kurt Karr & The Kurt Karr Singers, Tye Tribett & G.A., 7 Sons of Soul, Ted & Sheri, Debra Killings, and Izzy. Hosting the weekend's blast of inspiration is comedian extraordinaire, Sean Sarvis.

"With the success we have had in other markets, BET is excited to bring Gospel Explosion to Paramount's Kings Dominion in Virginia," said Stephen Hill, BET Executive Vice President of Programming and Talent. "The combination of electrifying gospel artists and comedians along with the excitement of the park, is bound to ignite the crowd with spirit and inspiration." Gospel Explosion kicks off at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 16 with a Christian comedy show in the Paramount Theater. The hilarious Sean Sarvis will host the event as comedians Hamburger and Michael Washington keep the crowd in stitches. Then at 6:00 p.m. the Paramount Theater ignites with the gospel concert featuring Tye Tribbett & G.A., 7 Sons of Soul, Debra Killings and Izzy with special guests Kurt Karr & The Kurt Karr Singers. The weekend's inspirational blast culminates on Sunday, July 17 with a 6 p.m. Gospel Concert hosted by Sean Sarvis featuring Ted & Sheri, 7 Sons of Soul, Debra Killings and Izzy and special guests Kurt Karr & The Kurt Carr Singers. In addition, the popular BET Sunday series LIFT EVERY VOICE, with host Gerard Henry, will be on-hand taping segments of the show to air on BET in August.

BET Gospel Explosion at Paramount's Kings Dominion is open to the public, with tickets available beginning June 4 at Paramount's Kings Dominion Guest Services (804/876-5000), all Ticketmaster outlets and on the Internet at www.ticketmaster.com.

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