The Ford Center played host to Kirk Franklin on Saturday night in a high-spirited show presented by Memorial Baptist Church and sponsored by the VenuWorks Diversity Entertainment Council. The nine-time GRAMMY award winner infused his audience with his high-energy fusion of gospel, hip-hop, pop and R&B that had most of them dancing in the aisles and waving their arms in praise. Franklin also took time to interact with his fans, who were more than happy to show him love.

“We were happy to be able to bring in an act like Kirk Franklin, who might not otherwise ever perform in Evansville,” said Executive Director Scott Schoenike. “Both Memorial Baptist and the VenuWorks Diversity Council feel that it is important to bring in artists who appeal to a range of audiences in the city, and we hope to continue this trend in years to come.”

The Ford Center is gearing back up for a busy event season with Sesame Street Live September 6-8, Rascal Flatts October 12, Lady Antebellum November 10, and the Bill Gaither Christmas Homecoming Tour 2013 December 13. The Evansville IceMen hockey and the University of Evansville Men’s and Women’s basketball seasons will kick off in October.