On Sunday, July 1, Escalon First Baptist Church is hosting a summer barbecue and gospel concert with the Rykert Trio. The grill will be hot and ready from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. For the barbecue, people are requested to bring their own meat for the grill and also a side dish (salad or dessert) to share. The barbecue will be over around 5:30 p.m. and the Rykert Trio Gospel Concert will begin at 6 p.m.
The Rykert Trio is a unique blend of family harmonies who sing contemporary and southern gospel, in addition to power anthems and classical hymns.
Escalon First Baptist Church is at 1511 Catherine Way in Escalon. There is no admission charge for the event; however, a volunteer offering will be received with 100 percent of the donations going to the ministry of the Rykert Trio.
The Rykert Trio is a father, daughter and son singing group that has emerged triumphantly from devastating news they received in 2015. Joe, the father, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lymphoma. After the rigors of chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant, radiation treatments, with many friends and family praying for him, his cancer is now in remission.
The three of them are soloists in their own right, but had never performed together as a family group before. Joe had singing commitments lined up, but didn’t know if he’d have the strength to do them (after chemo, etc.). He asked his kids to back him up and thus the ‘Trio’ began. One thing led to another and in August of 2016, they won the grand prize and audience favorite awards at the Gallo Center for the Arts talent show, The Valley Talent Project.
This has led them to many concert bookings at concert venues – Gallo Center for the Arts, Great Western Fan Festival (Visalia Convention Center), President’s Inaugural Ball CSUS, and churches within California and Washington State.
Since then the Trio has recorded their debut album “Sometimes It Takes a Mountain.” The Rykert Trio sincerely hopes and prays that their story and their music will encourage all to trust God with whatever challenges they may be facing. Joe, who is classically trained, has sung numerous tenor (opera and musical theatre) leads for over 30 years.
For more information about the July 1 concert, contact Pastor Dale Pederson at 209-718-6130.