Blind Boys Of Alabama Perform Sept. 21 At Sewanee

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Performing Arts Series brings the Blind Boys of Alabama to the University of the South for a concert in Sewanee’s Guerry Auditorium on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m. (CDT).

Review for the Blind Boys of Alabama:

The Blind Boys of Alabama are living legends of gospel music whose collaborations have included Bonnie Raitt, Tom Waits, k.d. lang, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel and Asleep at the Wheel. 

Celebrated by the Grammys and the National Endowment for the Arts with Lifetime Achievement Awards and inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, they have attained the highest levels of achievement in a career that spans over 70 years and shows no signs of diminishing. The Blind Boys’ loose definition of gospel music has allowed the singers to measure the spiritual dimensions of rock and pop songs, of blues music, of funk and folk and everything in between. Their live shows are roof-raising musical events that appeal to all cultures.

The Blind Boys of Alabama first sang together at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in Talladega in the late 1930s. The group toiled for nearly 40 years almost exclusively on the black gospel circuit, playing in churches, auditoriums, and even stadiums across the country. During the 1960s, they sang at benefits for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and provided a soundtrack to the Civil Rights movement. In the 1990s they performed at the White House. In recent years the Blind Boys have been awarded five Grammy Awards. 

The Blind Boys of Alabama have profoundly influenced an entire generation (or two) of gospel, soul, R&B and rock musicians and are still blazing trails after all these years. 

Tickets are $25 for adults; $20 for seniors; $10 for students, and are available at the door or by calling 931.598-1770.



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