By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News
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Rivers is director of the second annual Crab Revival, a free celebration open to all under The Gateway pavilion, Front and Lincoln streets, from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
It's part of this weekend's 11th annual Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival, also known as Crabfest.
The event runneth over with music by the Peninsula Men's Gospel Singers, father and son Michael and David Rivers, and the gospel-folk duo Standing on Shoulders featuring Abby Mae Latson.
“At the heart of Crabfest,” Michael Rivers said this week, “you've got a celebration of community — music, food, arts and crafts, people working together and celebrating life on the Peninsula.
“The Revival is just a simple chance to come down and give thanks.”
Men's Gospel Singers
The Peninsula Men's Gospel Singers will do that with songs such as “Rise up O Men of God,” “Glory,” “How Great Thou Art,” “Soon and Very Soon” and “Let There Be Peace on Earth.”
“We will likely add a sing-along,” predicted baritone Mike Craig, of “I'll Fly Away” and “This Little Light of Mine.”
So be ready to not only listen but also sing out with the choir.
“The whole idea is start-to-finish audience participation,” said Rivers. “There will be sing-alongs sprinkled throughout the revival.”
He added that the Peninsula Men's Gospel Singers, the ensemble he founded some 12 years ago, inspire him to this day.
Now led by Lee Moseley, they are “singers from all kinds of different denominations, gathering in song,” Rivers said, “to bear witness to the Good News.”
He and his son David Rivers — known for his former band Abby Mae & the Homeschool Boys — will also step up for a short set of revival songs and, naturally, some to sing along with. with.
And then Abby Mae herself, aka Abby Latson, will take the stage with her partner Dillan Witherow; together, they are Standing on Shoulders.
“I'm considering these two might truly be great locally, regionally and even nationally at some point,” Michael Rivers said.
“They are very gifted musicians. Come see them now as they begin this journey, and you'll be able to say, 'I knew them when.'
“Abby Latson has a one-of-a-kind amazing voice. Dillan has big pipes, too — has to, to keep up with her. It just so happens he's also a bit of a virtuoso on acoustic guitar,” Rivers said.
“Their original songs are powerful, little sonic symphonies.”
This being Crabfest, breakfast will be laid out along with the music: a la carte items from The Cedars at Dungeness and J'aime les Crepes, served under The Gateway pavilion.
For lots more information about the activities, vendors and demonstrations at CrabFest this weekend, phone 360-452-6300 or visit www.Crabfest.org.
Features Editor Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5062, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.