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Jumpin’ Jehosafats to perform fundraiser concert in Akeley

Nedra Groggins will be the featured vocalist at the Wednesday event at the Akeley Unitied Methodist Church.

The Jumpin’ Jehosafats, a Dixieland, jazz and gospel group from Minneapolis, will perform Wednesday, July 31 at the Akeley United Methodist Church.

A dinner (with a freewill offering) will be served at 5:30 p.m. followed by the concert at 7 p.m.

The Jumpin’ Jehosafats have been blending traditional jazz and gospel for more than 25 years, raising money for charity and lifting spirits. The men and women of this group play a total of 13 instruments, as well as sing together.

Their venues have included community concerts, prisons, riverboats, churches, state fairs and homeless shelters in the upper Midwest. They have also toured Haiti and Jamaica.

They have been featured artists with the Twin Cities Jazz Society Concert Series and played for numerous local, regional and national events for the United Methodist Church.

The group will feature Nedra Groggins, noted vocalist, and Rev. Earl Harrison.

This is a fundraiser for the Jericho Ministry Vision Clinic, OC Ministries, which tests eyes and distributes free eyeglasses to those in inner Jamaica.

The clinic has distributed over 10,000 pairs of glasses in the last four years and is preparing for a fifth trip to Brown’s Town, Jamaica.