Blues Band Plays Church Service

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If you want to experience the joy of when blues and gospel music intersect, The Red Door Band plays the second Sunday of every month at the Calvary Episcopal Church, one of the city’s oldest and most prominent churches. Under the leadership of saxophonist David Lee, the band is made up of Memphis blues musicians Stella Payton, Verlinda Zeno, Dennis Falanga, Guy Venable, and Mike Forrest. They present gospel favorites like “Wade In the Water,” “People Get Ready,” “When the Saints Go Marching In,” and much more in a full Eucharist service.

Calvary’s priest, the Rev. Christopher Girata, hopes the unique services will attract new parishioners as well as people who simply love inspirational music. As a teaser, The Red Door Band played on News Channel 3 WREG Live:

The informal service, with its gospel and blues vibe, is held at 5:30 p.m. the second Sunday of every month.

Calvary Episcopal Church
102 North Second Street (at Adams)
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 525-6602

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The Rev. Girata is also passionate about food, loves cooking, and blogs about his culinary creations at If you’re a foodie, too, check out his recipe for classic Italian chicken piccata,
complete with step-by-step instructions at:

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One thought on “Blues Band Plays Church Service”

  1. Thanks for this post, Montgomery! I appreciate you plugging the service and so glad you enjoyed your trip to Memphis. When you come back, be sure to stop by Calvary and grab me to say hi!

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