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Gatlin returns to Church of the Nazarene

January 24, 2018
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

Two years ago, Larry Gatlin wowed the near sell-out crowd at the Church of the Nazarene despite having to catch a red-eye flight to Fort Lauderdale and driving to North Fort Myers after his tour bus broke down in Virginia.

On Saturday, Feb. 10, Gatlin returns to the church at 6781 Bayshore Road, and hopefully, the trip here will be far less adventurous.

Tickets are on sale now, and plenty are still available, said Van Garner, pastor of the church, which isn't necessarily a good thing.

"We've sold about 200 tickets so far. Last time we sold about 460 and a few of them at the last minute," Garner said. "We're hoping to do a little better this time."

Gatlin came to the church in 2016 to perform some of his favorite gospel songs as well as his biggest hits in an acoustic environment, as well as spoke to the audience about his experiences and inspirations for his music.

Due to the problems with traveling, he very nearly didn't make it, arriving at the church moments before he took the stage.

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"Larry got here 20 minutes before the show was set to start. Not that I was sweating bullets or anything," Garner said.

Garner said he wanted to bring him back. So, he called Gatlin's publicist and they were able to work out a deal for him to return.

The church, which frequently brings in guest speakers and big names in the Christian music world to perform, bought a billboard on U.S. 41 to promote the show and has been doing radio spots in Charlotte County to spread the word outside the area.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with the show starting at 7 p.m. Andrew's Legend, an up-and-comer in the music business from Alabama, will open the show.

General admission tickets are $30, with only 500 of them available.

The church will provide golf carts for those who need help getting to the front door.



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