A Celebration of Spirit at the Dillon Amphitheatre
Ryan Summerlin August 4, 2011
The urban gospel contemporary band, Tyree Morris and Hearts of Worship, will grace the stage of the Dillon Amphitheatre Sunday with a cross-cultural fusion of gospel, hip-hop, salsa, R&B, retro-funk, jazz and neo-soul guaranteed to get the audience “clapping, dancing, foot-stomping and jumping up and down,” bandleader Tyree Morris said. Known for their high energy and infectious style, the gospel group performs regularly at some of Colorado’s biggest music festivals including the Vail Jazz Festival, Heavenfest, Estes Park Spring Jazz Festival and the Denver Black Arts Festival, not to mention the L.A. County Fair and the world-famous House of Blues in L.A., Las Vegas, Anaheim and Dallas. “We’ve been able to minister in a cross-cultural environment,” said Morris, who prefers the term “minister” over “play” because the group’s goal is to “get the word out about Jesus Christ to an audience that may not be able to get it in a normal church setting environment.” That being said, many secular festivals have opened their doors to Hearts of Worship, where they’ve often been the only Christian band in attendance. “Our reception at the secular festivals has been awesome,” Morris said. For example, at the House of Blues, “we left people really wanting to accept Christ because we were able to show them Christ in a different way,” thereby leaving them “with a sense of acceptance, a sense that they can go on and a sense of praise.”The Denver-based collective is made up of Morris as leader, four “minstrels” in the band and 10 “psalmists” singing background. “Folks joke around that we’re the Earth, Wind and Fire of Christian gospel music,” Morris said, because “we bring everyone but the kitchen sink.” Morris and Hearts of Worship recently celebrated six years together. The group is made up of individuals from different ministries throughout the Mile High City, who collectively are said to “radiate an unmistakable synergy that is energetic, engaging and uninhibited” as “worshipers in hard-pursuit of the presence of God.” They played Dillon Amphitheatre in 2010 and recently ministered at Dillon Community Church, which is sponsoring Sunday’s 1 p.m. show along with the Town of Dillon. Concert-goers can expect “a heavy dose and eclectic mix of very high-energy urban contemporary rhythm and praise music” meant to appeal to all ages and creeds, Morris said. No concessions will be available, “so pack a picnic and prepare for an afternoon of great music,” said Dillon spokeswoman Susan Fairweather.