By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor,

The MGM National Harbor might be known for its slots, tables, clubs, restaurants and shopping, but Kirk Franklin brought the Holy Spirit to the lavish casino on July 26.

In a concert that lasted over three and a half hours, and with Franklin’s set consisting of about two hours of back-to-back hits, guests at the concert were moved to tears and joyful Hallelujahs. 

Kirk Franklin rocked the MGM on July 26. (Photo by Micha Green)

The audience sang and Stomped with the famous Gospel singer and his tremendous background singers, who perfectly blended the teachings of Jesus Christ with an R&B and pop sound.

Between songs Franklin did not hesitate to preach to the audience, offering inspiration to the anxious, frustrated and brokenhearted.

“Don’t confuse your Source with your resource. That job is not your Source. It’s just a resource.  So when they start tripping and acting a fool, your Source can create another resource,” Franklin told the crowd.

“So is there anybody here who saw your source, do what your resource couldn’t do?”

Darryl and Adrienne Robinson went to the Kirk Franklin concert at MGM to celebrate their 11th wedding anniversary.

“You did not have the credit, you did not have the money, you did not have the education.  But God looked at what you had and pulled out what He had. His cup overfloweth- exceedingly abundant,” Franklin said bringing the audience to their feet.

At one point at the end of the night- the moment when people start tipping out to beat the end of the show traffic- Franklin ran out to the audience to stop the escapees.  

One woman insisted she had to go.  Her husband had recently died.  

The Gospel sensation then asked the entire audience to bow their heads as he prayed for this woman and her tremendous loss.

After the concert the AFRO caught up with a few guests who were inspired by the evening.

Darryl and Adrienne Robinson were at the concert celebrating love and praising God all at once.

“Today, July 26 is our 11th wedding anniversary.  So we saw that Kirk was going to be in town and we were like, ‘Bet! What a great way to celebrate our anniversary,’” Mrs. Robinson said.

“He’s a worshiper.  He’s a praiser. And we’re just giving God the highest praise for allowing us to be together for 11 years. He is just the best. We didn’t want to miss out on this opportunity,” she added.

Irma Wilson is one of Franklin’s newest fans.

“I enjoyed tonight’s concert thoroughly.  It gave me a change of heart for Kirk Franklin.  I always kind of liked him okay, but was never a real fan of his.  But tonight he raised the level up,” Wilson said.  

“I enjoyed him so much.  I think I felt the spirit.  So I am changed. I love Kirk Franklin.”


Micha Green

AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor